MartinTimThis month we will introduce you to Amanda Martin, the Director of Recruitment & Retention for the College of Agriculture. Amanda hails from Illinois and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Business Economics from Southern Illinois University. Prior to coming to Louisiana State University, Amanda worked at Auburn University and taught 7th grade science in Charlotte, North Carolina. She and her husband Nick now reside in Baton Rouge with their two miniature schnauzers, Duke and Wellington. They are loving learning about the culture and community in Louisiana…and the “live to eat” mentality.

What drew you to the Louisiana State University and the College of Agriculture?

I have always had an affinity for Louisiana and when the opportunity came up to combine that love with my love of agriculture, I knew this position was a perfect fit! The College of Agriculture at LSU is like no other college on campus—the faculty, staff and students are passionate about what they do and their purpose, and it reflects in every interaction you have with them. The diversity of the majors in the college are unmatched, and I am excited that I have the opportunity to help share that message with future students and their families so they can find their home in the LSU College of Agriculture.

What advice do you have for future students?

Get involved. The best way to make connections both personally and professionally is to get involved, and there are over 300 ways for you to do that at LSU! With over 300 clubs and organizations (over 20 in the College of Agriculture) there is something for everyone. These opportunities also give you the chance to build on your leadership skills and your resume—take advantage of this and make time for these organizations in your schedule.

What is your favorite part of your job?

The students. It is always about the students—every position that I have worked in and my entire goal in life has been to help make a difference in the lives of the students I interact with. If I can help mentor a student, develop them professionally or guide them to find their passion in life I feel like I’ve done my job. I have the opportunity to interact with students every day and that is what makes my job awesome.


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