As I sit down to write down this column, I think back to the last 3 years. Where has the time gone?

I remember my anticipation to attend Iowa State University upon my high school graduation in May of 2012. I couldn’t wait to see what college was all about. I also was excited to extend my experience with agriculture. I couldn’t imagine my life with out it, so it seemed selecting an Agricultural Communications degree would be an ideal choice.

As you may have read over the past two and a half years, Iowa State has given me many opportunities to grow in my interest area. From internships with great companies or opportunities to flourish in campus organizations, I feel like I picked the right college.

As April comes to a close, so do spring classes. Class projects are coming to a close and students are antsy to get a break from school.

However, for me and other seniors at Iowa State graduation is slowly creeping up. On May 9, I will participate in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Convocation, which will officially be the end of my “college days”.

After graduation, I will begin work at NEW Cooperative, Inc. in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I participated in an internship at NEW Cooperative last summer and am excited to get back into the swing of things. I will be doing work with internal communications and safety training.

With this job, I will be able to be near my farm I grew up on so I am grateful for the opportunity to still help out! After all, that is where my passion for agriculture started.


Kayla Degner was born and raised in rural Lytton, IA on a diversified grain and livestock family farm. She graduated from Rockwell City-Lytton in May 2012 and currently attends Iowa State University studying Agricultural Communications. Her past involved many agriculture venues. Kayla has a strong interest in advocating to the youth involved in agriculture.

Contact her at [email protected].