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Rebecca Finneran is a senior specialist with Michigan State University Extension, and her specialty is smart gardening. Her love for the outdoors and work ethic began while she was a youngster. “I was always busy working. And so I was busy around the house, but also outside as well. Always dirty, always in the garden, always helping dad.”

Finneran’s dad, an Extension veteran, was her main source of having fun in the garden. “He made things like gardening so much fun and whether it was hooking up our tractor, or pulling weeds, or freezing corn…we just always had a blast doing it as a family.”

Rebecca’s passion is perennial. “I’m passionate about horticulture, for sure. I love plants. I mean, I could not be in a better profession. People and plants to me, those are the two most fun things.”

This field of study was not Rebecca’s choice. “I sort of fell into this career. I was in a general science curriculum: pre-vet, pre-dent, that sort of thing. I took a horticulture class and so I was like ‘Yea, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.’ So I ended up in horticulture.”

As for Rebecca’s ehmpression of MSU—“MSU is a great place to work. To look back and have interacted with administration and even the president and all the different people on campus—it makes you proud to be a Spartan, it really does. I love seeing what Spartans are doing all over the world.”

Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.

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