Hello everyone! My name is Shelby Wendling and I will be an incoming freshman studying Agribusiness, Marketing, and Management. I come from the middle of nowhere also known as Mason, Illinois, where I was born and raised on my family farm. Over the summer I have spent my time working at Fat Dad’s Ice Cream and around the family farm. Last spring I graduated from Dieterich High School where I was always active in extracurricular activities. My favorite memories of high school all come from either being on the sports teams or cheering on my friends from the sidelines. Volleyball and Softball took up a lot of my time and dedication throughout past years, but I also enjoy working outside on the farm, riding my two horses, four-wheeler riding, and spending time with my friends.
Around my hometown the Effingham County Fair is a big attraction for all ages. It has been one of my favorite places since I can remember. Throughout my years of 4-H I took various art projects and showed beef steers. Through 4-H, my love and respect of animals grew more and more each year. I have always had the dream to become a Veterinarian and that is why I am considering double majoring in Animal Sciences in the future. I know that will take long hours of studying and hard work to accomplish, but I am looking forward to the challenges I will face throughout college. I am very exciting for the school year and I can’t wait to move in and make memories with new friends.