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Student: Gudianne Marie Romero Mendez

Gudianne 2013
Name: Gudianne M. Romero

Campus: University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Rank: Sophomore

Major: Agronomy

 

Internship: NRCS-USDA (Summer 2012)

Utuado field office under the Student Temporary Employment Program.

During my internship I learned different conservation practices that are necessary to improve our natural resources. I also learn how maps can be used, basic GPS (Trimble) techniques to establish boundaries, and other field tools. This temporary employment has given me the opportunity to experience how field work would be like and also the vision and mission of Natural Resources Conservation Services. This opportunity has helped me grow professionally and will help me reach my goal to become part of United States Department of Agriculture.

 

Narrative:

I am from Camuy, P.R. and I enjoy spending time with my friends, learning new languages, helping my family with their vegetable garden, and participating in organizations. The reason I want to be a part of United States Department of Agriculture internships is because of all of the knowledge that I acquired during last summer. My greatest challenge has always been to be the best leader I could be. When I was in high school I was president of the Future Business Leaders of America for two years in a row, while also being the secretary for the student counseling organization. I gave a workshop of how important it is to take seriously the “Puerto Rican Tests” (the equivalent to the FCAT in the U.S.A.) my audience were students of the 11th grade and their parents. During this past year I have attended many workshops that have helped me learn more than what I could have gained during my regular courses. These workshops have been about making a good resume, doing a good interview, how to create a poster, career opportunities via webinar, and more. I know that there is much more to learn than what is given in regular courses and I expect it will help me become an even more competent student.

 

Skills:

  • Ability to adapt to any work situation.
  • Able to work in groups
  • Responsible leader.
  • Completely Bilingual
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suit
  • Knowledge of Trimble
  • Contour line and elevation map interpretation

 

Short term goals:

  • To participate in an internship in USDA and as an exchange student in a foreign country.
  • To travel and learn other languages like French and Japanese.

 

Long term goals:

  • Finish my Degree, becoming a professional in Soil Agronomy and work for United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Get a job in my field of study
  • I also plan to acquire a M. Sc. and eventually a Ph.D. in my field.
  • Have my own family.

 

Outreach project:

During my bachelor I have had the opportunity to be in the USDA-CETARS program. At the beginning we were given the task to create a logo. Today the logo on our shirts is that logo I created out of gratitude and commitment. I do not consider myself to be a good artist, but this program inspired me and that’s the reason every detail in it has a meaning. I have also been visiting elementary schools to give various workshops so that these elementary students from Charles T. Irizarry and George Washington elementary schools can visualize the opportunities and the importance of the agricultural sciences in our daily lives. I am also currently the historian and the one in charge of our Facebook page. This program has not only helped me grow and develop my skills, but it has also given me the opportunity to share my knowledge.

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