Hometown: Lithia, Florida
High School: Newsome High School
Justin Wendling is a senior at Murray State University seeking his agribusiness degree. This is his story.
Activities & Organizations
- Men's golf
Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?
My biggest influence has definitely been my dad, Jerid. Ever since I was young, I always admired his strong work ethic and desire to provide the best for our family.
What first sparked your interest in your chosen field?
I credit my interest in agriculture to a mix of both my background and my dad. Growing up, I would visit southern Illinois at least three times per year, which is where my parents are originally from and is also the location of my grandpa's small family farm. My dad has also worked on the sales side of the industry since he was my age.
What do you want to do after graduation?
I have always had aspirations of being a sales rep in the industry and I have been very blessed to have accepted an offer to do so for Bayer Crop Science back in October.
Why did you select Murray State?
Murray State originally caught my attention because of a great ag program and a great athletic program. However, once I was able to visit campus I immediately felt at home. The friendly atmosphere of the university and city of Murray in general ultimately made the difference.
Who is one of your favorite professors and why?
I have had the opportunity to learn from many great professors during my career at Murray State, but if I had to pick one to be my favorite, I would say Dr. David Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson does a great job of making class material as easy to understand as possible, especially for hands-on learners like myself. Whether it is trips to the school farm or interactive labs in class, even the most complex concepts are made easy to understand.
What is one of your favorite Murray State traditions/experiences?
Definitely watching our basketball team win back-to-back OVC championships and ultimately two straight NCAA tournament appearances.
What is something you've accomplished at Murray State that you're most proud of and why are you proud of it?
I have had the opportunity to work three different internships during my career at Murray State. Upon the conclusion of my most recent experience in the summer of 2019, I was very blessed to be awarded "Outstanding Intern of the Year" for my division over 16 other interns, most from larger schools. Not only am I proud of this accomplishment because of the hard work and dedication I implemented last summer, but being able to directly apply my course work that I learned from Murray State in order to be successful adds a pride factor as well.
What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?
Murray State provides an excellent feeling of comfort. A combination of the friendly atmosphere along with smaller class sizes helps students feel connected. I personally have developed professional relationships with professors that I know will last well past graduation.
For a prospective student considering which college to attend, why do you think they should consider attending Murray State?
Overall, Murray State represents so many appealing aspects to students. The friendly atmosphere, smaller class sizes, and many great involvement opportunities on campus are just a few of them. If one enjoys being connected and truly being a part of something greater than themselves, I highly recommend MSU.