Name: Taylor Schaefer
Hometown: Franksville, Wisconsin
High School: Franklin High School
Class Size: 370
Farm: Schaefer Farms
Major: Animal Science and Life Sciences Communication with a Certificate in Digital Studies
Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?
Since stepping foot on campus for the first time, UW-Madison stood out in my search for the perfect university. From opportunities to learn hands on in the classroom to the university’s prestige in terms of professional development among its students and alumni, I found everything I was looking for all in one place.
What has been your most memorable college experience?
Thus far, my most memorable college experience was becoming a member of the University of Wisconsin Marching and Varsity Bands. Performing for more than 80,000 fans almost every Saturday is truly an experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life, as it has brought great excitement and a wonderful community to my college experience. Being a member has pushed me to exceed both physically and in my studies, culminating everything that it means to be a badger – and more.
What has been your favorite course?
My favorite course thus far has been Animal Science 305, which combined classroom theory with feasible knowledge of economic and biological principles related to tissues used for food. This class not only gave me an opportunity to learn more in-depth about production animals, but also built upon prior proficiency I gained through showing livestock, and provided me with knowledge applicable to any professional career in the agriculture industry.
What are your future career goals?
Once I graduate from UW, I would like to attend a graduate degree program to further my involvement and knowledge of the agriculture industry through a communications lens. I plan to pursue a career that ties in education, marketing, and event planning to highlight the advancements and work industry leaders and farmers strive for on a daily basis, while helping to bridge the gap between producers and consumers that exists today.