I grew up in southern-Wisconsin to a family with a large agricultural background. Our family business, The DeLong Company, deals in the national and international markets of feed, seed, fertlizer, and grain. My mother, Stephanie DeLong is a first-grade teacher and my father, Charles DeLong is a division manager at the family business. I also have a sister who is a doctor and practices family medicine in Baraboo, WI. My brother, Matt DeLong, is a semi driver and hauls heavy equipment across the country. I chose to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, because I wanted the quality education, while also exposing myself to different kinds of people and viewpoints that will hopefully help me in my future career.
My family owns and operates an agricultural business, The DeLong Company, that deals in the national and international markets of feed, seed, fertilizer, and grain. Through my junior and senior year in high school and during periods away from college, I have spent much time working in the transportation end of the company. I started off just making parts deliveries and other small tasks but after much hard work attained my commerical driver's license and now drive semi for the company when i'm off school. This summer I plan to return to the company and work in the fertilizer division, driving fertlizer tanker trucks to fields. I have learned much about how a business works by being directly involved. This has sparked my interest in agricultural business management.
Since the first few weeks of the fall 2012 semester, I have worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Animal Science Department. My duties require me to participate in research trials by caring for animals. This includes the general management, feeding and watering, as well as cleaning the facilities. I enjoy this work because my fellow employees and I get along very well and have developed a strong sense of teamwork.