CALS student finds her place in agriculture
Time is something you never get back, which is why University of Idaho senior Kailyn Gady has put so much hard work and dedication into making the most of her time at the university — and it has paid off.
Gady is majoring in agribusiness in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and minoring in marketing and accounting in the College of Business and Economics. She grew up on her family’s farm in Rockford, Washington, where they grew Kentucky Bluegrass and raised Simmental cattle.
As a child, she never saw herself going into agriculture as a career. She loved the industry, but had been exposed to only the production side of farming, and knew it wasn’t for her. CALS was able to show Gady what else agriculture had to offer.
For the love of numbers
Gady will graduate in May and already has a job lined up with Northwest Farm Credit Services in Spokane, Washington, as a credit officer for their Capital Markets group. She gets to work in agriculture, while also working with numbers on the accounting side of the industry.
Gady applied to Northwest Farm Credit Services at the beginning of the fall semester, after speaking with representatives at the UI Career Fair.
“Northwest Farm Credit was local so I kind of liked that, and my family has worked with them for a while so it was cool to see their side versus just what I had known from the past,” Gady said.
During her time at UI, Gady has taken advantage of what CALS has to offer, including becoming a CALS Ambassador.
“One of my sorority sisters was actually an ambassador at the time and she really pushed for me to do it because she thought it would be a great experience for me,” Gady said. “I’m one of those people that was super quiet coming into freshman year. I knew nobody and it was just a big step for me.”
As an ambassador, Gady has traveled around Idaho and other surrounding states, presenting to high school classes and encouraging students to attend college. She feels that her experiences as an ambassador have helped her come out of her shell and helped to prepare her for the future.
Last spring, Gady became the ambassador’s director of finances. She wanted to apply her knowledge and what she had been learning from classes, particularly in accounting, in real-life situations. Her main responsibilities include making sure the budget is not exceeded, as well as looking for ways to be more efficient with money.
“Being director of finance has really driven home the point that I love numbers,” Gady said.
The right fit
Gady initially planned to attend a university in Washington because it was familiar and close to home.
“As it came closer to the time to actually go to college, I realized that I had spent so much time there that it wasn’t really an adventure anymore,” Gady said. “One thing that really sold me on UI was the atmosphere here.”
Gady said she fell in love with CALS as soon as she started as a freshman.
“CALS is really great. You’re not just a number here, people take the time to get to know you and that’s something that I’ve really enjoyed,” Gady said. “By the end, you really develop a relationship with your professors. It’s fun to see the progression of things and how, like in my capstone class, everything has come together and what we learned three years ago is actually useful.”
Article by Jean Parrella, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences