From Animal Science to Campus Connections: Connor Schyvinck’s Journey at UW–Madison

Continuing the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences “Student Spotlights”, we will be highlighting one of our rising senior Animal Science students!

This week we will get to know more about Connor Schyvinck. In this Q&A, Connor, a rising senior Animal Science student from Reedsburg, Wisconsin, reflects on his time so far at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and how it has helped him foster lasting connections and gain valuable experiences. Connor’s advice for students focuses on getting involved in clubs and organizations on campus to broaden opportunities and networking possibilities. Whether you’re a prospective student or simply curious about campus life, Connor’s dedication to his future career, student involvement on campus, and love for Badger sports combined with his internship experiences during the school year shows how activity and involvement on campus can greatly benefit students at UW–Madison.

Photo curtesy of Connor Schyvinck

Why did you choose to attend UWMadison?

I chose to attend UW-Madison for several reasons. Firstly, my family’s positive experiences as undergraduate students at the University influenced my decision. Additionally, I’ve been a Badger sports fan my whole life. Finally, UW–Madison’s esteemed academic reputation and out of the classroom learning opportunities solidified my choice.

What clubs/organizations/activities are you involved with?

I am a member of Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Saddle and Sirloin, and Intramural Sports. I’ve also worked for Bucky’s Varsity Meats and currently work for Trans Ova Genetics.

What is your favorite class that you have taken in the department and why?

My favorite class has been Animal Science 434 (Reproductive Physiology). I have a passion for cattle reproduction and reproductive technologies, and this class provided an excellent platform to deepen my understanding of these concepts and tools.

What are your future career plans?

I plan to get a job with a cattle reproduction company as well as taking over my family’s beef cattle operation.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Photo curtesy of Connor Schyvinck

I would advise incoming students to actively engage in clubs and organizations outside of the classroom. While you’ll undoubtedly gain valuable knowledge from your academic courses, it’s the extracurricular activities like AGR and other clubs that truly fulfill your college experience. These opportunities provide not only social connections but also invaluable lessons and experiences that will complement your academic learning.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The AGR House

What is your favorite Babcock ice cream flavor?

Cookies and Cream