Class of 2019
Blacksville, West Virginia
"Be who you needed when you were younger."
What book would you recommend and why?
A book I would recommend is any historical novel. I love A Being So Gentle and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. A Being So Gentle recounts the frontier love story of Andrew Jackson and his wife Rachel. The book allows the reader to view Andrew Jackson in a different way. I also enjoyed reading The Tattoist of Auschwitz because it provides another viewpoint of what occurred during the Holocaust. Historical novels help history come to life whenever you visit a new place that the story took place in.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, horseback riding, writing and singing
What do you love most about your major?
I love that I can tailor my major to what I would like to pursue as a career after graduation. My peers and I all have different career goals but all of us have the same major. The beauty of Agribusiness Management is the flexibility.
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to become a therapeutic riding instructor where I can help individuals succeed and help them to feel the powerful and healing bond equines offer. I would like to start my own therapeutic riding facility that centers on helping those with addiction
Because the university offers so much diversity in fields of study and individuals. I enjoy meeting new people and WVU allows you to meet many people from varying backgrounds and cultures.
My favorite professor is Carol Petitto who teaches all of the classes pertaining to therapeutic riding and activities. She has taught me how to work hard and has shared her passion for helping others with me. She makes you feel like you can achieve anything.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
My advice to an incoming student would be to take many electives in many different areas. When I came to WVU I had a plan but my plan changed when I took coursework in therapeutic activities. Allow yourself to find your path by trying varying clubs and classes.