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McIntyre, Anna

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Anna McIntyre

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September 16, 2012

Anna McIntyre defines the word “ambition.”  From leadership positions in various UGA organizations and honors societies to work experiences on campus and related university internships, this Ball Ground native has plans to one day be a government relations representative for Georgia’s Department of Agriculture or work in the communications department of an agriculture company in Georgia.

Expected graduation:

fall 2012

Degree objective:

B.S. degree in agricultural communication, minor in horticulture, Agricultural Leadership and Service Certificate

University highlights, achievements and awards:

My proudest achievement has been organizing and hosting a panel discussion on the anniversary of the Morrill Act. Panelists included notable figures from around campus, along with Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black. Attendees included the student body, UGA faculty and state dignitaries. The celebration was the only student-run of its kind in the nation. I also enjoy hosting alumni events for my department.

My other achievements have included:
*most outstanding senior for the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication
*one of three seniors to represent my college at UGA Honors Day
*AGHON member, the highest honor a student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources or the College of Veterinary Medicine may attain while at UGA
*College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, senator and student ambassador
*Ag Hill Council, secretary and treasurer
*Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, co-founder and president
*Great Southland Stampede Rodeo, advertising chair
*Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, public relations chair
*Georgia Recruitment Team, member
*Block and Bridle Club, fundraising chair
*Collegiate 4-H, Ag Hill Representative
*Collegiate Future Farmers of America
*Studied sustainable farming in Guatemala
*Most outstanding first year and second year Rock Eagle 4-H camp counselor
*UGA Homecoming Court top ten

Hometown:

Ball Ground

High School:

Cherokee High School

Current Employment:

I currently work at Select Trees Inc. in the marketing and sales department part-time while enrolled as a full-time student. This is in preparation for me working for them full-time in January after my early graduation in December. In the past, I have interned for the Office of Communications and Technology Services in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, worked under the student recruitment coordinator for CAES’ Office of Academic Affairs, and served as Dr. Maria Navarro’s Extension research assistant.

This past summer, I interned through CAES’ Congressional Agricultural Fellowship Program as an Agricultural Fellow for Senator Johnny Isakson in Washington D.C. I was able to work on agricultural policy and help the senator’s staff keep track of the 2012 Farm Bill legislation.

Family Ties to UGA:

I have three family members who attended UGA. My father as well as my cousin both graduated from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. My uncle graduated from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. We love the Bulldogs in my family.

I chose to attend UGA because...

I knew from a young age that I wanted to attend UGA, but coming from a small town in North Georgia, I was a little anxious about attending such a large university—that’s where CAES stepped in. CAES allows me to learn about my passion, agriculture, in a unique niche on campus. CAES provides its students with one-on-one instruction and guidance every step of the way. Perhaps most attractive about CAES are the professional and extra-curricular opportunities that are presented at every turn. A great example of these opportunities is the Congressional Agricultural Fellowship that I am participating in this summer.

My favorite things to do on campus are...

sit and study on North Campus. It also is a great place to people watch.

When I have free time, I like...

to participate in any athletics. Intramural sports is a great way to meet people. Like any student, most of my time is spent socializing with my friends. I also love to visit the Botanical Garden and work on my own gardens at home.

The craziest thing I've done is...

“rescue” plants from the side of the road for my gardens at home. No, it’s not too crazy, but I learned recently that it is very frowned upon.

My favorite place to study is...

the Trial Gardens. It is the best kept secret on campus! There is nothing better than studying in a gazebo in the middle of the gardens.

My favorite professor is...

Dr. Gurian. He instructed my “Introduction to Political Science” class. His experience in the field added so much to the class and made the material relevant and interesting. I looked forward to the class everyday.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with...

I would spend the afternoon with my grandmother. She passed away before I could meet her, but I hear that we share a lot of common interests and personality traits.

If I knew I could not fail, I would...

start my own native plant nursery and hold educational seminars for the public. There is a great deal that the public does not know about the benefits of gardening with native plants.

After graduation, I plan to...

I will work for Select Trees following graduation while obtaining my M.S. degree in agricultural leadership. Eventually, I could see myself being a government relations representative for Georgia’s Department of Agriculture or working in the communications department for an agriculture company in Georgia.

The one UGA experience I will always remember will be...

It is impossible to narrow my memorable experiences at UGA to just one. I would have to say being one of the CAES ambassadors will be an experience that I will look back on for years to come. The friendships I made and the skills I developed through communicating with alumni and those in the agriculture industry will stay with me forever.