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August 24
Intern Insights: Goals and Aspirations

​By: Emily House

Growing up in the small rural town of Webberville, Michigan, I was surrounded by agriculture from the start. While I always wished I lived on a farm, the closest I ever got to farm life was raising hogs and a dairy feeder calf each summer for the Ingham County Fair. This did not stop me from pursing agriculture. I channeled this strong passion by joining the Webberville FFA chapter in eighth grade. It was through FFA that I was able to grow my knowledge of agriculture, network with industry leaders, and refine my skills in public speaking.

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In addition, I learned more about farm equipment by helping my father and grandfather at our family’s welding and fabrication shop, Moore’s Farm Repair. While working there, I not only gained knowledge of the equipment, but also learned about the struggles and triumphs of farming through conversations with our customers. As I spent more time at the shop and picked up responsibilities in bookkeeping, I realized I had a strong interest in finance and accounting.​

Fast forward a few years and I am still rooted in agriculture, but have continued to purse my interest in finance and accounting. This fall, I will embark on my fourth year at Michigan State University where I am double majoring in animal science and accounting. My studies in animal science are primarily focused on swine and dairy, but I have also been able to learn quite a bit about other livestock species along with companion animals. Each time I tell someone about my majors, I usually get a response like, “That’s a strange combination” and if you ask my grandfather, he would say it is because I want to learn to count cows. However, the real reason behind my combination of degrees is I want to be able to combine both of my passions in my future career. Upon graduation, I hope to find myself at an agricultural related business, like GreenStone, in an accounting role. 

My confidence in finding this type of career has grown significantly by interning at GreenStone this summer. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for a company focused on providing financing for agriculture of all types and sizes. GreenStone has certainly taught me what an efficient and effective workplace looks like and has set the bar very high for my post-graduation job search. The company culture, working environment, and overall positivity of the employees have far exceeded my expectations. The amount of teamwork and collaboration that happens within the company directly relates to the employee cohesion and company success. I could go on and on about all of the positive aspects and experiences I have had during my internship, but I will just finish with my overall favorite aspect of working at GreenStone. This is going to sound cheesy, but what I liked most about my internship is I felt I played a part, however small it may have been, in providing financial services to all of agriculture, making their visions a reality.

Emily House is a credit intern with GreenStone Farm Credit Services.  


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