Undergraduate Student Profile: Connor Willems


Name: Connor Willems

Hometown: Reedsville, Wisconsin

High School: Reedsville High School

Class Size: 50


Major: Dairy Science


Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

I decided to attend UW-Madison because of its status as a world-renowned leader in education and research. Additionally, the Dairy Science department at UW has a strong relationship with the dairy industry in Wisconsin, and I knew that this would ensure enriching experiences for me such as playing an integral role at World Dairy Expo or traveling to California and the Northeast to experience dairying in those areas.


What has been your most memorable college experience?

My most memorable college experience would be taking a trip out to the central valley of California with the Badger Dairy Club; it was great to to be able to see a number of different dairy farms and how they manage their operations. I got the chance to network with producers from the California dairy industry and explore dairying outside of Wisconsin.


What has been your favorite course/courses?

My favorite courses thus far have been Dairy Science 233 and 234, Dairy Herd Management. The class has both lecture and lab sections, so I was able to get hands on farm experience while also hearing from many prominent figures from the dairy industry share their experiences and knowledge. I believe the varied aspects provided me with a great foundation to achieve success in the future.


What are your future career goals?

I would like to pursue a career in dairy consulting and nutrition after I graduate in May.  I have completed two internships with Cargill Animal Nutrition and have really enjoyed my experience with them!