Ag Economic Graduate Turns Internship into Full-Time Job Offer

by Pamela Berry-Johnson

Posted on Dec 14, 2019

Agricultural Economics major Donneea Campell said when she first visited Fort Valley State University as a high school student, it was love at first sight.

"When I toured the campus, I fell in love and knew that FVSU is where I belonged," said Campbell, an Agriculture Economics major with a minor in Business Logistics.

Since becoming a Wildcat, the first-generation college student said she's grown not only as an individual but as a professional as well. She credits FVSU with providing her with everything she needs for a successful future.

Part of that future, she said, will be spent in Arkansas as a Winfield United Business Distribution Management Trainee. She'll spend a year training in the program before becoming a manager of the company's distribution facilities. Campbell got the position after spending the past two summers as a Supply Chain and Operations Intern with Land O'Lakes.

Campbell made such a great impression with the company that it offered internship opportunities to other FVSU students.

Campbell credits her diverse background with helping her to be flexible and willing to see things from a different perspective. The Canada native whose family is also Jamaican said when she was growing up, they moved often, including Florida and Virginia, before settling down in Decatur, Ga.

At FVSU, Campbell has been heavily involved, including serving as Student Government Association vice president, chapter president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Eta Chapter, FVSU Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and as a new student orientation leader, to name a few.

She wants to encourage other FVSU students to stay persistent.

"I was faced with many different challenges during my matriculation at FVSU; some that were even life-threatening," Campbell said. "But through everything, I had to remind myself to be strong and carry on as well as to have faith. That mentality helped me get through a lot of hard times."

To future students, she says, "I would tell anyone that pursuing a degree in Agriculture Economics is the best thing that I could have decided. The opportunities are endless; the professors are caring; your classmates are like your family. You can't go wrong with Ag Econ so come aboard!"

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