Garrett’s father was a professional bull rider, and his dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps. He is well on his way. He goes to rodeos about every weekend during the summer, and he is a three-time reserve champion in the Iowa Rodeo Cowboys Association. Garrett also wants to work in the field of agriculture, perhaps doing ag sales. Morningside is helping him explore his options.
“We take field trips and we see a lot of different things. We’ve gone as far as Boone, Iowa, clear up to Minnesota to a big-time dairy farm. You get to see what you might want to do someday.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to earn academic credit for internships, externships and ag research. I worked in the meat department at Hy-Vee, and I learned about the different cuts of meat and the business side of selling and shipping meat. It was all very interesting stuff. Now I’m doing one down at Earl May. I’m learning about pesticides, fungicides and fertilizer and how to grow things.
“The professors in our department are innovative. That encourages students to be more innovative as well. For example, ag companies are using drones more and more, so one of our professors has created a program where students are can obtain a commercial drone pilot’s license. That should give us an edge in the marketplace.”
“The professors really get to know you and try to help you out the best they can. Let’s say you had an IEP or something in high school; they’ll try to work with that too. I’m a horrible test taker because I’m dyslexic. You get options to take your tests in the library on your own time. That’s really nice.”