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Youth Extension intern named CASNR Outstanding Freshman

Cathy Mapes was recognized with the 2019 Charles and Magda Browning Outstanding Freshman. The award is given to one sophomore student within the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources who exhibited academic excellence and outstanding leadership during their freshmen year.
Youth Extension intern named CASNR Outstanding Freshman

Cathy Mapes being presented the award by Tom Coon.

Cathy Mapes began livestock judging at nine-years-old and continued through her senior year of high school. When it came time to pick a university, she wanted to make sure she wouldn’t get lost in the crowd.

“Coming from a small town and graduating with a class of fifty-three students, I was anxious that I would not find professors and staff who truly cared about me at the same parallel that my high school teachers once had,” Mapes said. Mapes considered Oklahoma State University since her older sister was an undergraduate student there. Her sister was also interning for youth Extension specialist Rusty Gosz, who Mapes had met many times while livestock judging in her youth.

“Before I selected my major, I had the opportunity to see the passion and drive the faculty in the department of animal and food sciences held for its students as my sister went through the program,” Mapes said.

Mapes knew she wanted to be a physician and would need to go to medical school after receiving her bachelor’s degree. After looking into the requirements, she decided the department of animal and food sciences was the perfect place to pursue her passion for helping others.

“Other than the commitment that the faculty have for their student’s success, there is also the diversity of several different options in each major that make it possible to achieve various careers from this degree,” Mapes said. “I could have chosen a very different route because my intention has always been to attend medical school. I knew it was possible to achieve this through animal science and I would gain the support needed to make this goal obtainable.”

As an undergraduate student, Cathy has been extremely active volunteering for community service projects. She is also involved in many campus activities, including the Student Alumni Board, President’s Partners, Homecoming Steering, Boren Mentoring Initiative, Chi Omega Sorority, and Alpha Zeta Honor Society (CASNR). Mapes has also spent time planning large events as part of her youth Extension internship, which focuses on providing training and experience for livestock judging.

“I wanted to be involved with the activity that taught me so many life skills for the future,” Mapes said. “Now looking back on the internship, I think it has helped me grow individually, become more organized, and learn the depth of planning events of this caliber. Something I have enjoyed about this internship has been to have my boss, Rusty Gosz, as a mentor who has taught me skills that will benefit me in my future career.”

Mapes was recently recognized with the 2019 Charles and Magda Browning Outstanding Freshman. The award is given to one sophomore student within the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources who exhibited academic excellence and outstanding leadership during their freshmen year. Other honors she has received while at OSU include: Oklahoma State University Top 10 Freshmen Woman, Raina Rose Tagle Leadership Award, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Outstanding Mentor of the Year, National Society of Leadership and Success, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

“I intend to use the leadership skills and experiences I gain during college to employ them in my career field, community, and life. I truly want a career I am passionate about, so I can put my heart into it and have the drive to be successful.”

Mapes is about to start her junior year and still thrilled with her decision to attend OSU. She knows the department of animal and food sciences is the right place for her to prepare for her future career.

“There are many things I genuinely love about the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences, but something that stands out to me is how the professors and staff care so much about each and every student coming through the program,” Mapes said. “Although AFS is one of the largest departments on campus, it still offers one of the best mentoring and advising programs that every student hopes to find coming to college.”

REPORTER: Rebekah Alford

SOURCE: Cowpoke News - Summer 2019 Edition

MEDIA CONTACT:
Rebekah Alford
Animal and Food Sciences Communications
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Email: cowpokenews@okstate.edu

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