Megan Eckhardt

South Meghan Eckhardt 2020 

Angelo State University
Advisors: Dr. John Kellermeier

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Why do you want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors and what qualifications make you the best candidate for the position?

 I want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors to provide for current and future members the involvement opportunities as well as the personal growth that I experienced as an AMSA
member. If not for my involvement in AMSA as an undergraduate, I would have never experienced the
involvement and growth as a leader. This helped me feel a sense of inclusion in my beginning stages as a college student. I hope to return this inclusion to our members wanting to further develop as competitive
industry people and leaders. Having served as the Lead Student Coordinator for the Texas Tech Meat Judging Summer Camps as well as fulfilling my responsibilities as a Student Assistant for the TTU Meat Science Department, I feel I am fully qualified to serve on the Student Membership Board of Directors because of my responsible and organization abilities coupled with my proactive nature. Having participated in various AMSA events such as: Tyson Foods Beyond Fresh Meats Course, Student Leadership Conferences, Reciprocal Meats Conferences, Intercollegiate Meat Judging, Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl, and the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition, I believe my first-hand experience can contribute to the future success of such events, in addition to the improvement necessary to further achieve success.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

AMSA membership to me, means involvement I could have never fathomed. As an incoming freshman
at Texas Tech I knew I liked meat judging, but that was my depth in this industry. I was very fortunate to have a friend from my hometown who happened to be very involved in meat science at Texas Tech as well as AMSA. A trip to St. Louis in the middle of the spring semester sounded like a fun, get-away trip to me. But in order for this trip to be possible, I had to become an AMSA member. Not knowing at the time that this membership would open up to me a vast amount of opportunities and networking, I thought I was just registering for the AMSA Student Leadership Conference. I believe it was this conference that set the stage for my involvement in AMSA from there forward. I became amazed with the involvement opportunities and the colleagues available to me. Now, as a graduating senior, AMSA and its events are credited to being some of my most memorable and growth-promoting experiences. The involvement that I had took me across the United States, but more importantly opened more doors that I thought existed. Because of my involvement in AMSA I have created relationships with industry professionals who could potential offer me a job one day, countless friends and collogues that I may work alongside or confide in pressing decisions, and most importantly, my AMSA involvement strengthened my direction and passion in this meat industry.

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