Katie Speer

Katie is a senior in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science following the Pre-Veterinary track. After graduating in December 2016, she hopes to attend veterinary school and is particularly interested in surgery and small animal and livestock medicine.

Katie has been a dedicated participant in a variety of organizations at UConn, including the Community Outreach programs WAIM (Windham Area Interfaith Ministry), Nathan Hale Homework Club, Cross Cultural Connections, and Generations Connect. She was also strongly involved with the Community Service Learning Community, presently Human Rights & Action Learning Community, during her first two years at UConn. She is currently an active member of the Pre-Vet Club and Historian of the Poultry Science Club. Katie has had a variety of animal-related experience through two small-animal internships since high school, a poultry internship with Whispering Winds Animal Connection, LLC through the Department of Animal Science, and an internship at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Each experience has led her to falling more in love with animal science and the veterinary field; she cannot picture herself pursuing any other career path.

Katie has been a College Ambassador since 2015 and is grateful for all the opportunities, support, and kindness she has received throughout her time in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

High School Attended: Wilby High School, Waterbury, CT

Favorite Dairy Bar Ice Cream Flavor: Coconut

Three Pieces of Advice for Prospective Students:

  1. GO. TO. CLASS. I cannot emphasize this point enough. I personally missed a lot of classes in my sophomore year. This significantly hurt my GPA, which has altered many plans that I previously had for the rest of my undergraduate career. Unless you are ill or experiencing a debilitating difficult situation, go to class. Your future self will thank you.
  2. Always remember to maintain your physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual self-care. Don’t be afraid to reach out or ask for help. College feels considerably more manageable when you have a strong team of caring supporters in your corner.
  3. Hone your study habits, time management, and organizational skills.