Name: Nicole Pralle
Hometown: Humbird, WI
High School: Osseo-Fairchild
Class Size: 54
Major(s): Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communications with a Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural & Life Sciences
Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?
I have always viewed UW-Madison as a pillar of innovation within the dairy industry. UW is known for their dairy research that helps producers be more progressive, allowing them to grow their businesses. I wanted to be a part of and learn at a world-renowned university where the faculty has been instrumental in moving the dairy industry forward. Attending UW-Madison for dairy science was an easy decision for me, one that in hindsight has led to amazing agricultural experiences I will never forget.
What has been your most memorable college experience?
I had the opportunity to experience Mexican agriculture for two weeks with eight other classmates in Professor Michel Wattiaux’s Dairy Science 473: Study Abroad Field Program in Mexico course. In the course we saw first-hand the multi-dimensional nature of dairy production, food security and the overall Mexican agricultural industry. The industry knowledge and cultural experiences I gained from the trip has significantly impacted my view of the world and future goals.
What has been your favorite course?
Dairy Science 375: Dairy Nutrition Experience has definitely been my favorite course. It gave me a chance to apply the knowledge I learned in my nutrition courses to a real-world industry experience. This was a three-part class that included a farm management audit, attendance at the Leading Producer Conference and seminars at the Purina Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, MO.
What are your future career goals?
After graduating in May I hope to work in the dairy industry doing sales and marketing. I love travel and meeting new people, which peaks my interest in a potential international sales opportunity.