STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Carter Weis
BY ELLIE ISBELL, SOPHOMORE/AG COMMUNICATIONS
Growing up the son of a caterer in suburban Birmingham, Carter Weis always appreciated good eats. When Carter graduated from Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in 2013, the only agricultural experience he had was volunteering at Jones Valley Teaching Farm in downtown Birmingham, where more than 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown and used to educate students and the community. But his mother’s connection to catering and the food business is really what sparked his interest in agriculture.
By his junior year of high school, Carter was certain that agriculture was the degree he wanted to pursue in college. He was familiar with Auburn University because he grew up only about two hours from the university, and he knew that the College of Agriculture offered fantastic scholarship opportunities and a welcoming, family-like environment. When he visited the College of Agriculture he appreciated the personal attention he received and left the visit feeling like part of the family.
“I felt like the College of Ag wanted me to be one of their students,” Carter reflects. This was critical in Carter’s choice to attend Auburn. He knew he could plug into the College of Agriculture, get involved and make a difference.
Once at Auburn, Carter chose to study agricultural business and economics. This choice was sparked by his interest in food systems.
“I wanted to learn more about why we eat what we eat and how all of that is made possible, from an economic perspective,” he explains. “I specifically chose to major in agricultural economics because I feel that it is one of the most important fields for our future.”
Carter has been given many opportunities since becoming a student at the College of Agriculture. He works as a student assistant in the dean’s office at the front desk in Comer 107. His duties include answering the main phone line and helping with other administrative tasks in the office. This job has allowed him to meet and network with faculty, and have a little extra money in his pocket! He also serves as an Ag Ambassador for the college. This position allows him to talk to prospective students, build relationships with alumni and serve his fellow College of Ag students.
“Overall, I would say that the greatest opportunity I’ve been given through the College of Agriculture has been the opportunity to have an enjoyable and rewarding college experience,” Carter says.
In addition to his involvement within the College of Agriculture, Carter is also a member of a social fraternity on campus, which, in addition to being a founding member, he has served in multiple leadership roles.
After graduation, Carter plans to attend graduate school and study agricultural economics. He is specifically interested in regional food systems and community development economics.
“At the end of the day, everyone has to eat,” Carter says. “I think it is very fulfilling to go into a career field that is essential for our survival and continued existence as a society.”
Ellie Isbell is a sophomore studying agricultural communications and is originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She is an Ag Ambassador, Auburn Athletics Marketing Department intern and Project Uplift mentor, in addition to being the editor of War Eagle Words.