Clara Wicoff is a freshman majoring in agricultural economics, pre-law. She chose this major because she is interested in agricultural policy and international trade.
“I am extremely passionate about food security,” Wicoff said when asked why she chose her major. “I believe that a degree in agricultural economics will prepare me to pursue a career in which I can have an impact in the global efforts to eradicate extreme food insecurity.”
Wicoff’s on campus activities include the College of Agriculture Training Program and Quest Freshman Honorary. The College of Agriculture Training Program has allowed her to get a better understanding of the opportunities in the College of Agriculture. Through Quest, she has been able to get a “behind the scenes” look around Kansas State University and was also able to go Christmas caroling at Bill Snyder’s house, which she claims to be her favorite K-State memory so far. Quest has also provided her with opportunities to do community service, such as buying Christmas gifts for children of current K-State students.
“Participating in Quest Freshman Honorary has improved my college experience by making me feel more connected to Kansas State University and the incredible people here!” Wicoff said.
Off campus, Wicoff has been very involved in Future Farmers of America. She has been serving as the Kansas FFA State Vice President since June, and she says that it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in her life. Through her position, she has been given many opportunities, including go on a 12-day trip to South Africa over the winter break. She traveled to South Africa through the National FFA Organization’s International Leadership Seminar for State Officers. During this trip, she toured farms and agricultural businesses in South Africa. Some of the agricultural businesses she toured included a commercial crocodile farm, an ostrich ranch, a Boer goat farm, and a table grape producer.
“Traveling to South Africa was an absolutely incredible experience!” Wicoff said.
Wicoff chose Theta during recruitment because she felt welcome here. She also says that through Theta she has met many amazing women and some who have had a positive impact on her college experience, including JoLynn Hennerberg.
“JoLynn went out of her way to make me feel welcome throughout the past semester,” Wicoff said. “I am thankful to Kappa Alpha Theta for introducing me to JoLynn!”