Hello! I’m Kimmi Devaney and I’m the past president of the American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliate Division.
Throughout my college career, one question that has always been in the back of my mind is whether I would find a job after graduation that will make me happy. I have been very fortunate to have had so many amazing experiences in college, but ADSA stands out as one of the most beneficial. I am not saying that because I was the president, but because I truly believe members of ADSA-SAD are better prepared for life after graduation, whether they continue their education or go out into the industry.
My philosophy is that life is 49 percent what you know and 51 percent who you know. Experience has told me this is very true, especially in smaller industries such as the dairy industry. You can never be too prepared and it is important to be exposed to as many opportunities as possible.
Networking is one of the most important things you can do in college outside of the classroom. The career symposium allows students to meet with industry professionals in a roundtable format to learn more about careers in that field and ask any questions they may have. There are usually 8-10 tables, so students are exposed to a wide variety of career options ranging from pharmaceutical companies to breed associations, financial organizations to marketing communication. It is also a great way for organizations to meet the next generation of the dairy industry.
For those students continuing their education, ADSA can be a great way to meet future graduate school advisors, learn more about specific areas of interest and further develop their passion.
Interested in research? We have three categories—dairy foods, production and original research—in our research paper presentation competition. If you are interested in presenting a paper at nationals in 2011, be sure to submit your abstract by February. More details can be found on the ADSA-SAD Web site in the fall.
Outside of SAD scheduled activities, students can mingle with industry professionals in the exhibition hall and in various other presentations.
For more information on ADSA-SAD, the Web site (www.adsa.org/sad) is a great resource or you can ask me.
All the Best,