Eliza Hardy

Bachelor of Science – Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, Agroecology Research & Production Concentration

Minor: Plant Biology

Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Advisor: Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

I plan to use my degree to: 
I will be heading back to NC State in the Spring of 2022 to pursue my masters degree in Crop Science with Dr. Angela Post.

What I enjoyed most about my experience at NC State was:
I really enjoyed all of my on campus lab jobs. Over the past four years I have worked with Dr. Christine Hawkes, Dr. Angela Post, and in the Phytotron for various amounts of time. These experiences were extremely valuable to my education and they really helped me apply my knowledge to the real world.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:
My parents ALWAYS supported me through whatever I wanted to do. I am their first child so going through college was a new experience for both of us. They let me do my thing, but we kept a very close relationship since they live in Raleigh. I could never thank them enough for constantly pushing me when I need a push and recognizing when I am content with struggling a little. There was a major switch between high school and college because high school was about getting amazing grades in hopes of getting into a good college, but in college I was able to get great grades with the occasional slip up, however my parents understood more that an occasional poor grade here and there was normal. My friends Halah, Erin, Emily, Makayla, Sholom, and Connor were the ones that I spent every single day of college with. We laughed a ton, cried a lot, but always had fun. We barely ever fought or had any drama, we all supported each other in ways that were specific to the individual because we quickly realized that everybody needs unique care.

Now that I have graduated, I’m most looking forward to:
I am most looking forward to not having to be on zoom for multiple hours of the day and not having to write reading summaries. But in all seriousness, I view my degree from NC State as the foundation of my agroecological knowledge, and I understand that the rest of my life is when the real learning will occur.  I am excited to experience whatever life is going to throw at me.


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Eliza Hardy