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Patricia Orlowitz grew up in suburban Detroit and landed on the campus of Michigan State University as an undetermined major within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“Because I knew that was a sector that I liked. And I come from a family of journalists, so ag communications seemed like a natural, and after I met the professor running the program, Dr. Maxine Ferris, I just knew this was the field for me.”
Orlowitz works for USAID in international development within the country of Afghanistan.
“What I really like about my work is that I know that I am helping people in the most basic ways. And that these things—improvements in ag, improvements in education in Afghanistan, are what make it a stable and secure country and that adds to the future and prosperity and stability of the United States.”
Patricia says being a member of the Farm Lane Society at MSU is a big deal.
“I am so impressed that Michigan State College of Ag and Natural Resources started the Farm Lane Society. I think it’s a great way to link alumni and people who’ve been tied to this college so that we continue to think about Michigan State and what it meant to us, and what it means to the future.”
Orlowitz loves the fall colors on the campus of MSU, but loves the people even more. “It’s the people. For me, it was Maxine Ferris and Kirk Heinze, my advisor—brilliant people, but also nice people who care about their students. And I don’t see that at any other university, that kind of student-teacher connection.”
Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.