Creating a Legacy
Jennifer Devine (11C) came to Berry seeking a quality education and meaningful work experience. She got more than she bargained for as CEO of a student-operated business, The Berry Farms Jersey Beef.
An animal science major from Atlanta, Jennifer first became involved with the Jersey Beef enterprise as a sophomore, working alongside fellow students and staff co-manager Ben Wilson to launch one of the first student-operated enterprises on the Berry campus.
“This enterprise was our baby from day one,” Jennifer said.
Student-operated enterprises are a strategic complement to Berry’s Work Experience Program that provide advanced learning opportunities for students and strong potential for non-traditional revenue streams for the college. Each enterprise is conceived and managed by a team of students working in cooperation with a staff or faculty co-manager.
As CEO of The Berry Farms Jersey Beef, Jennifer obtained valuable firsthand experience tending to Jersey cattle housed at the Berry College Dairy while also gaining valuable insight into business management that will help her achieve her goal of a career in veterinary medicine.
“It really helped me understand how to actually run a successful business,” Jennifer said. “Working in the business teaches a different form of responsibility in addition to helping students form valuable communication skills.”
Jennifer’s experience as an on-campus CEO proved to be a strong differentiator when it came time to apply to graduate school, serving as a springboard to Oklahoma State University, where she is now pursuing her doctorate.
“It’s very unique to the public, especially when you can put on your resume that you’ve been a CEO or you’ve been involved in running a student enterprise,” she stated. “They really want to know what kind of leadership you’ve done. I really think this enterprise helps groom you into leadership roles.”
Looking back on her Berry days, Jennifer is proud of the role she played in helping to establish The Berry Farms Jersey Beef enterprise.
“I’ve been very happy to see where it’s ended up,” she said. “This enterprise – I hope it’s my legacy.”
By Alyssa Hollingsworth
Student Editorial Assistant