Each semester outstanding senior awards are bestowed upon a single student, per major, in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. This Spring 2019 AREC ABEM outstanding senior award recipient is Danielle Jess. Due to Danielle's dedication as an undergrad, she has already secured a job for which she will begin in June with American AgCredit. The Department is proud of Danielle's accomplishments while pursuing her degree, and wishes her the very best with her bright future ahead. Danielle shared the group image of her invited guests at the awards ceremony on May 3, 2019.
Below is taken from Danielle's nomination packet materials, you may see other CALS outstanding senior recipients at https://cals.arizona.edu/news/cals-spring-2019-outstanding-seniors.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am originally from Northern California where I grew up on my family's commercial cow-calf operation. This is where my passion and love for the agriculture industry was born; and why I chose to study Agribusiness Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. I always knew that I wanted to work on the business side of the agriculture industry and after taking some of my AREC courses I quickly realized I wanted to work in finance.
What are your plans after you graduate?
After graduation I will be starting a full-time position at American AgCredit in California. This is the same company that I worked as an intern at last summer.
Do you have a favorite memory from your time with CALS?
My favorite memory from my time in CALS was serving as an ambassador and having the opportunity to meet potential students and their parents. This was my favorite memory because it allowed me to share my love and appreciation of CALS.
Have you won any awards, been in any clubs, or partaken in any leadership groups?
I served as an ambassador for CALS for three years and joined the Sigma Alpha sorority my freshman year. While in Sigma Alpha, I held various leadership positions including: Scholarship Chair, Sisterhood Chair and President. I also was a member of Young Farmers and Ranchers, served on the executive board for the Agribusiness Economics club, and received several CALS sponsored scholarships for my leadership involvement.
Did you participate in any undergraduate research opportunities or study abroad?
My junior year I was fortunate enough to work as a research assistant with Dr. Dan Scheitrum in the AREC department. During this research assistantship I aided in his research on the copper commodity futures market and production.
Is there anything you would like to share with the next incoming class of students?
My greatest advice to an incoming student would be to get involved! When I first started college, someone told me “you get out of college what you put in” and that is something I kept with me all four years of college. By getting involved you will open so many doors for yourself and meet so many friends who have similar interests as you!
Image by Danielle Jess