Ag Ed Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Sarah Marketon

Sarah MarketonSarah Marketon is a senior in Agricultural Education - Leadership and Communications with a minor in Animal Science. She is from Howard Lake, Minnesota, and is slated to graduate from the U of M this month. For this Ag Ed Student Spotlight, we asked Sara some questions to get to know this stellar student a little better!

What jobs/internships have you had?
I have had three student jobs on campus: CFANS Office of International Programs student worker, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center social media student worker, and working with Dr. Swenson on a content analysis project evaluating how the word stockmanship is used/viewed. I have also had three internships: I served as the International Marketing Intern with Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Food Export Midwest, the Outreach Intern with Minnesota Pork Board, and Swine Sales Intern with Merck Animal Health.

Why did you choose to attend the University of Minnesota?
I chose to attend the University of Minnesota because it is located near some of the nation's and world's largest agribusinesses. I liked the idea of being able to network with individuals from these businesses and having the opportunity to pursue internships with them.

Which activities are you involved in?
I am currently serving as the president of the Delta Theta Sigma Little Sisters and vice president of Block and Bridle Club. I have also served as the reporter of Agricultural Education Club and treasurer of Beta of Clovia Sorority.

What experiences at the University of Minnesota have been the most valuable for your personal growth in the program?
Being a member of the Block and Bridle Club has been a very valuable experience because it combines my love for livestock and communications. The club allowed multiple opportunities to hold a leadership role, which helped me grow and develop personally and professionally.

Do you have a favorite class that you would recommend to other students?
I would highly recommend taking animal science courses. I don't have a specific course I would recommend more than others, but it is important to gain knowledge outside of the major one has chosen. Animal science courses taught me a range of topics from nutrition to marketing to food products that I will utilize for the rest of my life.

What advice do you have for students who just started in Agricultural Education?
My advice is don't be afraid to branch out, try new things, and meet new people. The Ag Ed staff have varying backgrounds and can help make connections on and off campus.

Do you have your plans set for after graduation?
After graduation, I will look for a career within the swine industry.

Sarah’s favorites:
Color: Purple
Animal: Pig
Food: Tacos