This week’s In the Field Friday is Lauren Burner from Findlay, Ohio. Lauren is a 2019 graduate of Ohio State ATI, with a degree in community leadership and extension education. Lauren will be transiting to Columbus in the fall to finish her bachelor’s degree. She is currently interning at Ohio State Extension for Paulding and Hancock County.
Lauren has loved the different experiences this internship has allowed her to do. One of her favorite things is being able to work alongside Glen Arnold, who is the manure nutrient field specialist at The Ohio State University. She has learned how to conduct research when it comes to applying liquid livest ock manure, in replacement of commercially purchased fertilizer on wheat and corn fields. She also learned about the value of the nutrients in the manure.
The second part of Lauren’s internship is working with the agriculture and natural resource side of Paulding and Hancock County 4-H Extension offices. This has allowed her to take part in working the 2019 Paulding County Fair, attending 4-H camp, and assisting in different agriculture and natural resource events and functions such as the Paulding County Master Gardeners plant sale and fertilizer recertification class.
Lauren’s advice to future students is “never be afraid to take those steps outside of your comfort zone. It can lead to great networking experiences which allow for the foundation to be built and help take those steps in finding the job that fits best. Be willing to take adventures because you never know where an opportunity might lead you or what door might open.”
Her final advice to all students is to remember “the best is yet to come.”