Young Alum of the Month: Catherine Sereg

Name: 
Catherine Sereg
Title and Company: 
Silver Lake Watershed Coordinator for Dickinson Soil Water and Conservation District, Spirit Lake, IA
Hometown: 
Des Moines, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
Environmental Science, May 2011
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

My job as a watershed coordinator is to work with landowners and homeowners on applying conservation practices in both rural and urban areas. I help educate and communicate with the local watershed community on various conservation practices and options.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I love being able to work with farmers and conservation! A big part of my job is making a connection between farming and conservation.  It is a great accomplishment for both agriculture and future generations to have farmers do conservation while still keeping their farming operations profitable.

What advice would you give to current students: 

My advice would be to:
-Get involved with clubs and organizations at ISU that reflect where you want to go after graduation.
-Get to know your peers and professors. You just never know how these people may have a great impact on your life or your career.
-Find the organizations, companies, and people that you want to work with after you graduate and start to network with them. It’s never too early to start to network.
-Continue to always ask questions and keep learning.
-Do what you love in your career!

FAVORITE ISU CLASS
ENSCI 360 Environmental Soil Science, NREM 407 Watershed Management & Soils and Crops of Costa Rica. All classes gave me hands on experience that I get to use in my current position and I got the opportunity to meet great people and professors.