Hello. My name is Hanna, and I am interning with ASAS for the summer. I am a rising junior in Virginia Tech’s Animal and Poultry Sciences program and hope to go into endangered species conservation after grad school.
I live in Virginia, though I am staying in Champaign, Illinois for the summer. It’s been quite the experience, moving from a town where you can’t see oncoming traffic over the hill to a city where you could probably spot California from the twelfth floor of an office building.
It seems I will be getting the chance to experience much more of the business side of animal science this summer. There are some really great people at ASAS working to produce content and events to help keep us informed and connected as animal scientists, and I look forward to working with them. The energy around here, especially as everyone gears up for JAM (the Joint Annual Meeting), is rather contagious. It really makes you think about just how much effort goes into organizing an event, especially one as large as this. I certainly do not stay up at night contemplating the appropriate dimensions of bumper stickers or the necessity of ensuring that transport drivers are actually capable of driving, but rest assured that there are people who agonize over these details in order to ensure that the event goes as smoothly as possible. I, for one, will be happy if I can learn to operate the coffee machine properly.