As the number of students at Fort Hays State University expands, so does its reach across America, and this is as evident in the agriculture programs as in any other. Thirty-eight students now live in Kansas in order to pursue some form of agriculture degree at FHSU.
One of the farthest travelers is senior Craig Boggio, who traveled 942 miles from Red Lodge, Mont., so he could earn an agriculture degree with an emphasis in animal science. Then there’s senior Chris Jones, who lived 1,346 miles away in Fullerton, Calif., and is attending FHSU to earn a degree in agricultural business.
So what made them decide to leave the comfort of their homes to learn at Fort Hays State? More importantly how do these out-of-state students hear of FHSU?
Jones said his dad grew up in Dighton, Kan., and attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and Washburn University, Topeka, and thought Fort Hays State would be a good fit for him.
Mallory Saathoff, a senior from Naponee, Neb., had been considering the University of Nebraska Lincoln, but decided to take a campus tour after a representative told her about FHSU. After all was said and done, Saathoff had fallen in love with the small classes and affordable cost.
"My experience at Fort Hays State has been enjoyable and I will never forget the memories," said Saathoff. "I would recommend Fort Hays State to anyone I know."
After moving from Amherst, Neb., sophomore Cody Gillespie likes the small town atmosphere that Hays has to offer, while at the same time providing plenty to do.
"I didn't want to be just another student or number," said Gillespie. "That's what's great about being a student at FHSU. You get the one-on-one time with instructors."