RD Media Director: Jocelyn Wensel, @jocelynwensel ⠀ ⠀ “As a third year Ph.D. student, I want to encourage all students to take the road less traveled. I attended undergrad at Fort Valley State University. It was not my first choice, but it has proven to be one of my best choices. Many people shun small institutions and often turn their noses up at HBCUs, but I have had the opportunity to attend both an HBCU and two PWIs. I have found that my HBCU experience over-prepared me to succeed at predominantly white institutions. I have been rewarded for my “go getter” mentality and I believe that I owe it to those long lines in the financial aid office (lol). When I received my bachelor’s degree in Plant Science and Biotechnology, I had no idea that I would end up being a highly sought after candidate in the agriculture world. I wholeheartedly believed I wanted to be a pharmacist, but my heart was not in it. While working in Auburn, AL, I received a call from Auburn University to apply for a $25,000 fellowship that would allow me to pursue my master’s degree free of charge. That phone call set the tone for the rest of my academic career. I went on to receive my master’s degree from Auburn University in Plant Breeding and Genetics and I am currently a NASA Fellow pursuing my Ph.D. in Weed Science with a minor in Genetics. I have been able to attend graduate school for FREE because I was not afraid to step outside of the box and I took opportunities as they were thrown at me.
My goal overall goal is to feed the world. I would like develop a nonprofit organization that would allow me to educate individuals in under-developed countries on modern farming practices. I would like to purchase land to give back to individuals after completion of an intensive agricultural institute that would prepare and provide tools for the successful increase of agricultural production. I want these countries to thrive on their own agricultural economy without depending on larger nations. I know that I can accomplish these goals because I have been given a specific set of tools and knowledge to make it happen.”
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