Kelsie Vaile

Hey everyone! My name is Kelsie Vaile and this fall I will be a junior majoring in Animal Sciences with a Technology and Management concentration. Shocking, I know. An animal science major that doesn’t want to be a vet? While I love helping all kinds of animals, my interests are more on the production animal side of animal agriculture.

This summer I lived in Champaign with a few other house sisters and caught up on some classes, and also began working at the University’s Meat Science Lab. At the Meat Science Lab I worked at the sales counter and packaged and sold meat to the customers that came in. I also learned more about the processing side of harvesting animals and the journey they take from pasture to plate. I plan to continue working here throughout the school year and to keep learning more about the process.


Living in Champaign during the summer is something I am glad that I did and also something I recommend all college students to do at some point in their 4 years here. It’s a whole different town in the summer and you really get to experience campus like never before. You can lounge at the ARC pool during the day and spend time with your friends in your “fancy big kid” apartment at night.

While I enjoyed my summer here while it lasted, I am extremely anxious to get back into the house and be reunited with all of my “sisters” once again. If it weren’t for 4-H House I would not have met all the best friends I have now and have as many professional connections that I do. I would bargain to say that living in the house is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I can’t wait to get back!


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