Josie Schreiner, Student
C/O Jessie Potterton, Director
Farm and Industry Short Course
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
(608) 263-3918, (608) 262-3127
A student’s perspective about opportunities and experiences available through UW-Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course program.
3:03 – Total Time
0:13 – Meet student Josie Schreiner
0:36 – Why short course
0:56 – Chance to open eyes
1:12 – Becoming a family
1:28 – Finding a future
1:54 – Favors the dairy business
2:03 – Helpful professors
2:29 – A learning challenge
2:38 – Living in Madison
2:53 – Lead out
Sevie Kenyon:Taking a look at the Farm and Industry Short Course experience, we’re visiting today with Josie Schreiner, Farm and Industry Short Course student, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and I’m Sevie Kenyon. Josie, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Josie Schreiner: I’m from Jefferson, Wisconsin. My family owns an auction company and a few of my uncles are dairy farmers so I grew up working on the farm, but necessarily didn’t grow up on a dairy farm. I got a job in high school working on a farm feeding calves and I really enjoyed that last few years and that’s one of my passions is the calves.
Sevie Kenyon: Josie, what brings you to the Farm and Industry Short Course?
Josie Schreiner: The short course to me seems like it has a lot of different opportunities and experiences. I’m, right now, doing a general certificate, so I’ve had the opportunity to explore a lot of different things, take a lot of different classes, and see what really interests me.
Sevie Kenyon: Josie, give me an example of something that’s jumped out at you during the course of your studies here.
Josie Schreiner: We’ve had a lot of different speakers come in from different farms and different companies and they’ve talked to us about different services they have and the way they run their farms. It’s really opened my mind to what the industry is.
Sevie Kenyon: Josie, what’s it like living here on the campus?
Josie Schreiner: It’s been really great. Living in the dorms, with all of the short course students, has been a really good experience. We all get to know each other really well. We’re really like a family; we learn from each other and will be friends for a long time.
Sevie Kenyon: Josie, what kind of plans do you have for the future?
Josie Schreiner: My plans for the future are not very drawn out right now which is a reason why I’m coming back to short course again next year is to see my options and really find a passion. I know I love agriculture but right now I don’t know where I’m going with it considering I don’t have a farm to go back to and take over. So short course has really guided me and opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities.
Sevie Kenyon: Is there anything about agriculture in particular that you are interested in?
Josie Schreiner: The dairy industry for sure. I love cows, I love the people involved and hard work I guess.
Sevie Kenyon: Josie, what’s it like to going to class in the short course?
Josie Schreiner: Classes are great. They are very hands on. The professors are always willing to go the extra mile and work with you whether it’s in the classroom or just one on one and they are always giving you references and asking if you really truly understand what they’re teaching in class. They are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure you understand and they are really there to help you succeed.
Sevie Kenyon: Is it hard?
Josie Schreiner: It’s a good challenge. It’s definitely very practical stuff we’re learning and stuff we’re going to be using in the future.
Sevie Kenyon: What’s it like being able to stay here in Madison?
Josie Schreiner: Being able to stay in Madison has been a big change for a lot of kids, especially myself. I moved away from my family and so far it’s been really good because I have been able to, in a sense, get a new family with all my friends in the dorms.
Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting with Josie Schreiner, Farm and Industry Short Course student, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and I’m Sevie Kenyon.