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Real-World Experience

Lisa Rankin (photo by Steve Williams)Lisa Rankin studied at the University of Reading in England, worked on a horse farm in Maryland, and attended an international championship for young horses in Germany. It was all part of her real-world education. She graduated this spring with a degree in agribusiness management and a minor in equine science.

“I’ve been working with horses my entire life, so when I applied to Penn State, I wanted to find a way to combine my education and my love of riding,” said Rankin, who grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “The College of Agricultural Sciences offered me exactly what I was looking for: the freedom to pursue my equine interests while establishing strong opportunities for myself by studying agribusiness.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that whether I take my education abroad, attend law school, or even establish my own horse farm, I have the tools to succeed.”

Rankin visited Stonehenge, Oxford, and Cambridge and met with the Penn State Dairy Science Club while they were touring Ireland. At Reading, she attended finance, marketing, food science, and business-entrepreneurship classes.

“It’s rewarding to see how well my education has prepared me to train, market, and even transport horses,” she said. “Traveling to Germany, studying in England, and working at the horse farm have left me with a much bigger picture of agriculture.”