Luke currently works as an undergraduate research assistant for ACES and hopes to work with a leading agricultural business or organization in Alabama.
What is your favorite place on Ag Hill?
My favorite place on Ag Hill is my office in Extension Hall. Extension Hall is a beautiful, hidden gem on Ag Hill. It was built in 1938 to house the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. Presently, Extension Hall houses the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). Not only does my office allow me to see Comer Hall every day, it allows me to apply the skills I learn from my classes in my position as the Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Vegetable Integrated Pest Management division in the ACES.
What is your dream internship?
My dream internship does not take place in Alabama. One of the greatest benefits of an internship is being able to go and experience something new. Agriculture is very diverse. What Alabamians produce is not necessarily something that is produced across the country in California, North Dakota or Iowa. I hope that my internship takes me to one of the other 49 states so I can problem solve with farmers, take the solutions the farmer and I come up with and tell consumers, farmers and agriculturalists what we discovered through news articles, blogs, videos and social media. I want to bring the knowledge I learned through my internship and apply it to Alabama agriculture.
Describe the College of Ag in three words.
I can only think of one word to describe the College of Ag and that is family. Family is used frequently to describe Auburn; however, the College of Ag takes it a step further. Ag Hill is like a small community on campus. It reminds me of home. The faculty, professors and advisors all know you personally and want you to succeed. I know that is something special to the College of Ag.
What’s on your desk right now?
On my desk I have my computer, phone, textbooks and a drink. I do not keep much on my desk. I am organized and like to work with as little clutter as I can.
What one item can’t you live without?
One item I can’t live without is food (if food is even considered an item). I firmly believe in four meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner number one and dinner number two. And something sweet at the end of every meal. That is a necessity.