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Haley Hudson

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Interning, studying abroad, and working while obtaining a degree is not something the average college student thinks can be accomplished, but one Texas Tech University student is proving it can be done.

Haley Hudson, from Lubbock, Texas, is a senior majoring in agricultural and applied economics and minoring in psychology and political science. She is a student assistant in the Office of the President for the Chief Compliance and Security Officer, a member of Presidents Select, and the Congressional Internship Coordinator. Her schedule may seem full, but Hudson has also been accepted into Texas Tech Law School.

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Haley’s vibrant spirit is a valuable asset for the opportunities she has took part in.

“While sometimes I may feel extremely busy it is definitely manageable,” Hudson said. “It is good to diversify your portfolio and resume by getting involved.” 

“My experiences at Texas Tech have helped me develop as a person, both professionally and interpersonally.”

Haley Hudson

Students at Texas Tech have the option to become a part of multiple clubs, organizations, teams, and jobs while earning their degree. Hudson said she thinks these opportunities can set students up for success in the future by giving them world experiences.

“Finding one or two things that you are passionate about and can put your all into is advice I would give every student,” Hudson said. “But, don’t make yourself miserable by becoming a part of too many things.”

Darren Hudson, Ph.D., is not only a professor and Larry Combest Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics but he is also Hudson’s dad. He said he is proud of how well she represents the AAEC department, not only in academics, but in her involvement outside of the department.  

“Haley represents the idea that you can learn a lot in your education.” Hudson said, “And then you can use those skills to push outside of the classroom environment to do great things.” 

It is obvious that Hudson is an accomplished individual inside and out of the classroom. She attributes this to her experiences at Texas Tech. 

“My experiences at Texas Tech have helped me develop as a person, both professionally and interpersonally,” Hudson said. “That is why I think Texas Tech is great.”

Finding Your Niche

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ost students, might not understand the importance of being involved in their campus community, but one animal science student is proving the value of campus involvement and finding your place.

Walker Carson from Turkey, Texas, is a senior animal science major, with chemistry and Spanish minors at Texas Tech University.

Carson is also currently chief of staff for the Student Government Association at Texas Tech. He became involved with SGA as a first year student when he joined Freshman Council and later served for two years as a College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources senator.

“You’re gaining life skills by getting involved in these organizations.”

Not only is Carson affiliated with SGA, but he is also a member of Block and Bridle, an Honors College student and served as a research assistant for graduate student coordinator, Bradley Johnson, in the Department of Animal and Food Science.

“My job as the chief of staff is to be a liaison between the main executive officers in SGA,” Carson said, “and I have definitely seen a whole different side of student government that I wasn’t aware of.”

One of Carson’s jobs as chief of staff, alongside the SGA president, Sean Lewis, is to have meetings with faculty to discuss issues SGA sees affecting students.

“Getting to talk to faculty members about what directly affects students has been very effective,” Carson said. “They, a lot of the times, think an idea is best, but it may not be necessarily, and they just needed another student’s opinion to help guide them.”

Sean Lewis from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a senior history major, political science minor and is the student body president at Texas Tech University.

“Walker is a big advocate for agriculture and educating people who may not know much about it,” Lewis said. “The importance of it and how it affects our daily lives and Walker understands agriculture is his foundation and he will always give credit to that.”

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Carson spends most of his time in the Student Government Association Office assisting Sean Lewis, Student Body President.

Carson said the most valuable thing a prospective student can be told is to get involved because it creates friendships they may not have found otherwise and keeps students active on campus which is important.

“You’re gaining life skills by getting involved in these organizations,” Carson said. “You’re learning time management and you’re learning to apply these skills to life and I think those are really important things.”

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