Always look BEYOND the horizon to FULFILL your dream.
Jeff Wordekemper (my Dad)
Major: Animal Science, Pre-Vet Option
Minors: Engler Entrepreneurship
Graduating: May 2018
Business: My business idea is to own a veterinary practice in a rural community with patients ranging from small to large animals.
What is your story?
My love for animals has always existed, but deepened when I received my first dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, when I turned four. My family and I raised corgis for ten years, and I have shown them throughout my 4-H career. I also took veterinary science projects to the fair every year for 4-H, among many other projects, and was also actively involved in my FFA chapter along with almost any other clubs and activities possible in junior high and high school. Growing up in a small town and highly agricultural based community along with taking part in the family farm, I am pursuing my roots in agriculture, as well as a career in the veterinary industry.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
Both of my parents and Dr. Wayne Watkins are my biggest heroes. My parents have always been my cheerleaders no matter what new adventure I have decided to undertake and have instilled in me the importance of perseverance and hard work. Dr. Wayne Watkins has always had faith in me pursuing my dreams and is always telling me to push through everything to make them come true, no matter what people tell me. Dr. Wayne has taught me so much about the veterinary industry and given me the opportunity to gain hands on experience and knowledge that will help me in my future as a veterinarian.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
If my story were made into a movie and I could choose anyone to portray me, I would choose Katharine Hepburn because she was assertive and outspoken like I am.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
I have encountered it firsthand...you must have a passion for what you are doing. Once you find that passion, don't let anyone or anything stop you. Give it your all, even if that means putting in long days. There may be some bumps and forks in the road along the way, but they are there for a reason – God has a plan for you.