Student Spotlight: Amanda Vodvarka

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Amanda Vodvarka
Amanda Vodvarka

Hometown: Dodge, Nebraska

Major: Agronomy

Minor: Agricultural Economics 

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2016

Why did you decide to come to UNL?
Coming to UNL was a dream of mine. Ever since I was a little girl I had a passion for agronomy, and I knew that UNL was one of the top schools for agronomy. When I finally came on a visit to East Campus I instantly fell in love with the campus, and knew that UNL was the place for me. 

What is your favorite thing about UNL?
My favorite thing about UNL would have to be all of the opportunities that are available within the University and also out in the industry. UNL has allowed me to meet and network with numerous professionals in the agriculture industry. If it was not for UNL, I never would have had the chance to go to Nashville, Tenn. and Bettendorf, Iowa for National Corn and Soybean Board conferences, go completely out of my comfort zone for a summer to do an internship in southwestern Nebraska, and so much more. 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
It is hard for me to just pick one class since there were two classes that I enjoyed and benefited the most from. These classes were the introductory plant science course and the agronomic plant science lab. Both of these classes taught me the basics of agronomy, which I have used and still continue to use in my classes, internship experiences and even on our own farm. Furthermore, after taking the plant science course I was offered the great opportunity to become a teacher’s assistant for the class recitation. Being a teacher’s assistant has taught me a plethora about communication and people skills, which are essential in the workplace and in my case working with farmers and other agronomists. 

What are your plans post-graduation: 
Upon graduation I will be employed full time as a sales agronomist by Central Valley Ag out of the Hooper location. I will also return to help on the family farm in the growing of our row crops of corn, soybeans and alfalfa. 

What’s life like outside of school?
Outside of school I am an active member and also the president of the UNL Agronomy Club. Away from school and school activities I like to spend my time helping at home on the farm, and, of course, spending time with my friends. In my free time I also thoroughly enjoy baking and cooking. 

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