Jackson Gill, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in dairy science. Jackson pursued his passion for animals which led him to change majors and pursue what he loves. In this Q&A, Jill talks about his academic path and career plans and engages his other students at CALS.
Q: What is your hometown? / Where did you grow up?
a: She was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. But, growing up, I spent a lot of time in the Northwoods, as well as in the Fond du Lac with my grandparents on both sides.
Q: How did you decide on your major/program? Why did you choose it?
a: I initially intended to get a degree in biology and go to medical school. But after years of working on a dairy farm and my passion for animals, I decided to make the change in dairy science.
Q: What have been the most valuable/meaningful college experiences you have had?
a: I think the most valuable lesson I learned came from changing my major and recognizing my interests. I wanted to go to medical school, but animals always occupied my heart, so to speak. My grades improved and my interest in education increased dramatically when I decided to study what I loved. It is important that you really care about what you are studying, regardless of money or social acceptance. You will be happier!
Q: When you think of your time here as a student, what are you most proud of?
a: I am proud to simply be here. Being at UW-Madison was an extraordinary experience with many ups and downs – and it all came with a lesson! I basically “grow up” here, and I’m proud to say that I did.
Q: What are your future academic and/or professional plans?
a: I intend to continue my studies and eventually obtain a master’s and a Ph.D. into reproductive physiology so I can do more research in the future. I’ll probably try to get into vet school after that too, if that makes sense – but who knows!
Q: Do you have any tips you’d like to share with CALS students?
a: My advice to other students is to enjoy it as much as possible. Very cheesy, but it really passes quickly. Not only at university, but spending time with friends and family as well. Don’t be afraid to step back and enjoy the present for a bit.