Kaylynn Ridgely
Rockwell City, Iowa
Kaylynn Ridgely

A leap of faith

As she prepares for a career in agribusiness, Kaylynn is taking advantage of the standout opportunities Northwestern offers. She competes in long jump and high jump for the Raider track and field team, and she’s helping develop the mentorship program for the Business Club. She serves on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and also works with Northwestern NEXT, hanging out with students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, helping them do their homework, and assisting with transportation.

Farming roots
My dad has always been a farmer, and my mom has worked in agriculture sustainability. Growing up in this environment put a desire on my heart from an extremely young age to pursue a career in agriculture. I decided to go with an agribusiness degree because I not only want to work in the agriculture field, but I also want to be able to offer a business perspective to farmers.

Home sweet home
I had always thought I would go to a certain school with a larger agriculture program. Ultimately, overnight visits to that school and Northwestern made my decision. Northwestern just felt like home, and the small agribusiness program seemed great after I was able to meet some of the professors.

Students get very personal care in Northwestern’s agribusiness program. We get extensive hands-on experience and take many field trips to prepare us for the growing, innovative field of agribusiness.

Precious commodities
I really appreciate the faculty’s responsiveness. Every time I need something—help with homework, planning my class schedule, or just a chat—they are ready and willing to assist right away.

Return on investment
I have gained many lifelong friendships and grown academically, spiritually and athletically in just a short time at Northwestern.