McKayla Carlson-Hughes
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Pursuing a Passion for Agricultural Education

Authored on
Apr 06, 2023

Name: McKayla Carlson-Hughes
Major: Agricultural Education
Minors: Animal Science and Extension Education
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Ogilvie, MN
Expected Graduation Date: May 2025


Why I chose NDSU

When my uncle attended NDSU, we came to watch him show in Little I. I thought NDSU was the greatest place ever! Fast forward to my junior year in high school, I visited NDSU and a few other universities. NDSU felt like home. It felt like a place I could belong and thrive in.

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Why I chose a major in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources

I grew up around agriculture and enjoyed my time in 4-H educating others about agriculture. Having those core experiences influenced me to choose the Agricultural Education major.

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Scholarships allow me to worry less about finances 

Receiving scholarships has greatly benefited me because I have been paying for my education on my own. Scholarships have allowed me to not worry about the financial burden of school and to be able to take advantage of the opportunities available to me.

Scholarships offered by the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources


Clubs are a place to meet people and learn more about what I love

I have served as vice-president of the NDSU Agricultural Education Society, secretary and treasurer of NDSU Collegiate Cattlewomen, NDSU Ag Ambassador, and Judging Club member. These organizations have allowed me to meet other students and to learn more about the things I am passionate about.

Student organizations within the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources


Internships expand learning beyond the classroom

I am beginning my first internships this semester with NDSU Teach Ag and Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council.


My future plans 

After completing my education, I plan to return to Minnesota to begin teaching high school agriculture.