Entering the Legen-Dairy World of Farm Credit
Hello! My name is Kayleigh Saunders and I will be working as a Loan Officer Intern in both the Asheboro and Siler City branches. I am from Ramseur, NC and currently attend the University of Mount Olive where I am a senior in the Agribusiness program. I am a CFFA officer and participated in Collegiate Dairy Challenge through UMO. Now that I have competed nationally for Dairy Challenge, I will be assisting with coaching the next team as they prepare for their national competition. When attending a career panel at a Dairy Challenge competition, I learned about Farm Credit and began trying to learn more about the company where I learned about this internship opportunity.
Some of my hobbies include spending time with friends and family by going camping or going to the drive-in, in Albemarle. I enjoy cooking and baking (especially pound cakes) and sharing my creations with loved ones. When I am at school, I enjoy inviting friends over to help each other with homework, making dinner, and finishing the night with a movie.
Growing up, many of my neighbors and relatives farmed, but I would not call myself a “farm kid.” I found my love and appreciation for agriculture through 4-H and FFA. In middle school, I started raising and showing dairy heifers, participated in Dairy Judging, Dairy Quiz Bowl, and Dairy Handler. I still own the first jersey heifer I bought, Maebelle, who is on a dairy in Statesville while I am in college. After graduating high school, I worked on an Asheboro dairy for over a year as the morning milker. These experiences made my passion for the dairy industry grow even more and taught me how hard farmers work to provide high quality products.
Through 4-H and CFFA, I have learned that I have a love for giving back to my community. Whether it is helping serve meals at a community dinner, taking donations for a local food pantry, or fundraising to buy winter coats for elementary school children. I also work as a mentor on campus, I help fellow students who struggle with skills like time management, organization, prioritizing find methods that work for them, so that they can succeed academically.
From the past few weeks I have been here, I have met many people and I can confidently say that this company is filled with great people who are passionate about helping their customers. This is a value that I hold very highly and it was important to me to find a company with the same passion for agriculture and helping their communities. I have went on farm visits and home construction sites so far. Also, I have seen the beginning steps to the loan process. I am excited to shadow all of the hands in Farm Credit that a loan passes through and to see the process of a loan from beginning to finish. I am excited to have this opportunity to learn more and gain real-world experience through being an intern for Carolina Farm Credit!