My name is Rachel McClish, 2012 graduate of Miami Trace High School. I was born and raised in Washington Court House, Ohio where I grew up working in my parents’ retail greenhouse operation and assisting on our family’s row crop production farm. I will graduate from Wilmington College in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a specific concentration in Agriculture Business. I am also pursing a minor in Communication Arts.
I am a member of the honors program on campus, which affords me the opportunity to experience culturally diverse and socially responsible extra curricular activities both on campus and within the community. I am also active with Collegiate 4-H, Aggies and Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honors Society. Over the past year, I have enjoyed serving as a member of the Agronomy Club officer team. One of my favorite involvements on campus has been the Women in Agriculture steering committee.
In the summer of 2013 I was granted the opportunity to relocate to west central Michigan as an Operations Management intern with Cargill Kitchen Solutions. This was the single greatest experience of my three years here at Wilmington College. Being the ‘homebody’ that I am, I never imagined I could move six hours from home to work in a field in which I was not particularly familiar. That was a summer full of both professional and personal growth.
During my junior year of college I worked in the Admissions office as an Agriculture Recruiter. This was a fantastic opportunity for building interpersonal communication skills as I shared my experiences at Wilmington College with prospective students on a daily basis.
In fall of 2013 I attended the Agriculture Future of America summit in Kansas City, MO. During the career fair there, I was able to network with several companies. I was later offered an internship position with one of those contacts. My summer 2014 internship was with West Central Cooperative in western Iowa. As an Events Planning and Communications intern for a large agriculture cooperative, I was heavily involved in the planning and execution of several stockholder, customer and employee appreciation events. I was also active in ongoing projects and day-to-day communication based responsibilities.
Hands on learning-hands on living. In my opinion, Wilmington College’s tagline is best lived-out in the agriculture department. As I began to consider schools, I knew that I wanted to major in agriculture and that I wanted to stay in-state. I ultimately chose Wilmington, not for the science and research, but for the hands on application. Wilmington’s goal is to send out well rounded, motivated and personable graduates who are confident in their abilities and education, yet have the humble attitude to continue learning from veterans of agriculture.
Wilmington College is focused on individualization and relationships. The faculty and staff consistently go the extra mile to make themselves available to us all and offer their wisdom anytime we ask. Whether it is forwarding scholarship applications that may benefit us or suggesting the best way to get to Iowa for an interview, they are never too busy to help, big or small.