Sydney-sider Lauren Adler was so keen on agriculture that she studied it by distance education and then changed schools in Year 11 to a school which offered HSC agriculture and had a farm.
She embraced the opportunities her new school offered by becoming Show Team Captain and competing at the Royal Easter Show each year.
Being in an urban area, Lauren did all she could to engage herself in the industry by completing a Primary Industries TAFE course, working as a swabbing steward for Harness Racing NSW, a stable hand and an animal handler for a petting zoo.
Lauren is now in her first year of a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England and is enjoying the broad focus and exposure to many different facets of agriculture.
“My main goal in the future is to make a difference in the industry. I realise I am just beginning my journey and I am very open minded about where my studies and experience may take me,” Lauren said.
“Being a Sydney girl I have worked hard to gain contacts in the industry, but the Horizon Scholarship is going to put me in touch with a much wider agricultural community and perhaps guide me to directions I may not have otherwise thought of.”
This story was first published in Leading Agriculture Issue 23.