Simon’s dream job includes establishing an agritourism destination; his career goals are to consult in the soil and water conservation field.
What do you love most about the College of Agriculture?
I love the friendly people. Everybody in the College of Ag is nice and willing to help you out if you need something. It’s a great atmosphere that I wish everyone could experience!
What has been your best learning experience outside of the classroom?
The best learning experience for me is tough to say. I’m a hands-on learner, so anything outside the classroom is awesome, but I’d have to say my co-op experience. Working in the air emissions testing industry allowed me access inside many types of industrial facilities, and it was really awesome to see all the processes in action. Nearly tied is my experience in the summer of 2014 traveling and living with a tribe on a remote island in Fiji and learning more about sustainability. It was truly an island paradise!
Who has been your biggest supporter since you’ve chosen a major with a focus in agriculture?
Outside my family being behind me at every turn, Dr. Tim McDonald has been such an awesome friend and mentor, and now I have the pleasure of having him as my faculty advisor while I take on the presidency of ASABE.
What is your dream job?
This seems to be an evolving idea, but I know at sometime in my life I would like to establish an Agritourism destination showcasing small-scale, renewable energy production and alternative agriculture like aquaponics. Before this I’d like to establish a career in consulting in the soil and water conservation field.
What is your favorite food?
Now days I eat a lot of raw food because I enjoy supporting local farmers, and it’s pretty easy. I’d eat a piece of raw sweet corn off the cob like a Popsicle on a hot summer day. But you won’t see me turn down a good country fried steak!