Back to July 2017 Newsletter
K-State OHREC is excited to highlight one of our hardworking committed staff members in every quarterly newsletter. July 2017 Newsletter Personnel Spotlight features Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tracy Oelschlaeger. Tracy is from Tonganoxie, Kansas and has work with K-State OHREC since 2013.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU:
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I am 18 years old and just enrolled in college. I have lived on my family's farm since I was born and was "raised with the animals." My mom says that a lot, she also has a desk job in the city. My father takes care of the farm as well as property for his boss. I have an older sister who will be 30 this year, she is happily married and just had her second child. I also have a younger sister who is 16 and going in to junior year at Tonganoxie High School. My family is everything to me and I love them all no matter how much they drive me crazy.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
When I was born the doctor thought I was cross eyed but I "came out of it" and now my right iris has a line of brown color coming out the side of it into the white (there is nothing wrong with it its just extra pigment.)
What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
I spend a lot of time with my dad on the farm and I love it, but when I'm not helping him I enjoy reading and hanging out with friends.
Do you have a favorite line from a movie or a favorite quote? Or do you have a motto or personal mantra?
"Anything can happen if you let it" -Marry Poppins
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Myrtle Beach South Carolina, I went with my family a few summers ago and it was amazing. Everyone is crazy nice and the beach just makes everything better too.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Sweet corn pellets that were for cows, it was a dare but it just tasted like corn and molasses.
How do you define success?
In my opinion success is doing everything you can to get to where you want to be. Fighting to achieve your dreams.
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
I think the most important thing I have learned is how to speak in front of a lot of people.
What are your hopes for our industry?
My hopes are that people become educated about what is actually going on. To show people the different methods of planting, harvesting, and caring for plants. Educate the public about the things we are learning ourselves.
Before working at K-State, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
My first job was to drive a hay truck up and down the fields while the guys loaded it with hay.
WORKING AT K-STATE OHREC:
How has K-State helped you in your career development?
When I first started I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career but through the years I've come to love working with plants and agriculture in general. Working here has helped me decide I want to help people understand agriculture more so I will major at K-state in agriculture education and minor in agronomy.
What are three words you would describe working at K-State OHREC?
Educational, Fun, and Exciting
What do you like most or your favorite part about or working at K-State OHREC?
My favorite part about working here is the people. We are like a family here and we all look after each other. Every person here as taught me something. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
What do you find most challenging at K-State OHREC?
Every day is a new challenge in itself but the thing I probably struggle with the most is waking up at 5 am to come to work every day. I'm not a morning person so waking up that early is a struggle for me but I do it because I love it.
What has been your favorite project, job duty or proudest moment at K-State OHREC?
Taking care of the end of the pumpkin trial was probably my favorite job so far. Being in charge of the cover crop portion and giving a little speech about it during field day was so much fun and a great learning experience too.