Iowa native visits ‘The Little Apple’

posted by Michelle Mensing on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On August 20, 2012, I said, "Today is my last 'first day of school' ever," as I began my final semester at Iowa State University to obtain my bachelor's degree. A former 4-H leader and good friend of mine told me, "You will learn not to make "ever" statements – there may be a masters or doctorate in your future!" I chuckled to myself, thinking there was no way I would ever be back in school. Fast forward a few years and here I am - a proud member of the Kansas State University Master of Agribusiness Class of 2017.

The Master of Agribusiness degree at Kansas State is designed as a distance education program for agribusiness professionals, which allows me to continue working here at Decision Innovation Solutions and immediately apply the concepts taught in class to my work.

At the beginning of January I took off for Manhattan, Kansas and spent a week on campus to begin the program. That first week on campus was very intense and filled with coursework, speakers, homework, and group projects. Getting to know my classmates was particularly interesting, and it is nice being able to put a face with a name now that we have all gone back home to continue the coursework remotely. We have such a diverse class from all over the world which brings a great variety of backgrounds and experiences to class discussions.

Some of the courses I am looking forward to in particular are Applied Agribusiness Economics, Optimization Techniques for Agribusiness, and Agribusiness Risk Management. The coursework in this program will give me a new set of skills to better help serve our clients and also prepare me to step into different roles as DIS continues to grow.

As a diehard Cyclone fan, I have a hard time swallowing the fact that I am technically a Wildcat now too. You won't be seeing me wearing any K-State gear around yet, but after spending a week on the K-State campus starting the program I gained an enormous amount of respect for Kansas State University and more specifically the Master of Agribusiness program. The professors and staff are fully dedicated to helping us succeed and I am definitely looking forward to the next few years of learning and growing in my role at Decision Innovation Solutions!

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Michelle Mensing

As a Research Analyst for Decision Innovation Solutions, Michelle is responsible for analyzing economic, agricultural, business, financial and geographic data to assist clients in making better strategic business decisions.Michelle partners with clients to analyze both current and proposed policy ... read more