CAST Gains Global Perspective

February 9, 2018

Pursuing a major that requires a backpack and a suitcase at Iowa State University, Caryn Dawson is working toward a bachelor's degree in global resource systems and horticulture with a minor in animal science and Spanish. Her interest in traveling was sparked by a Rotary International cultural exchange to Argentina for ten months after graduating from high school. During her trip, she learned a new language and was immersed in a new culture.

Caryn's connection with CAST happened long before she even realized it. Prior to her freshman year at Iowa State, a 4-H mentor encouraged her to attend a luncheon and an ISU women's basketball game on campus. It was during that visit that Caryn received a personal introduction to Wendy Wintersteen (former CAST Board of Trustees chair and current ISU president). "After telling her about my trip to Argentina, Wendy encouraged me to look into global resource systems. If it weren't for her input and guidance, I don't believe I would be where I am today."

As an administrative assistant intern at CAST, Caryn is hoping to gain knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of issues in agriculture. "I am excited to have the opportunity to gain experience in various aspects of finance, not only to help me in my personal endeavors but also in my future career." We welcome her to the CAST staff. 

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