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Over the past few years, I've come to realize that being open to opportunities that come your way can often be more important than actively seeking them out. Some opportunities we would never consider or dream for ourselves can end up being exactly the best experiences for us. I learned this lesson four months ago when I received a text from a good friend of mine, “Are you interested in going to Haiti this summer?”
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My upcoming trip to Africa had been on my mind for months. I had prepared a list of things I needed to buy, to pack, and to finish before leaving. However, when the day came to fly out, I found myself feeling as though I had never been more unprepared in my life.

Peyton Russell

Iowa State University
Peyton, from Long Grove, Illinois, is studying biological systems engineering with a focus in food engineering and food science. His passion for food motivates him to make a global impact in the fight against food insecurity. Although the global food challenge is immense, Peyton believes that with strong teamwork, dedication and confidence, we can ensure the well-being of all. Peyton is mentored by Kurt Rosentrater in the department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering.