Becky Reith has just a few more weeks of exams before she graduates with a Bachelor of AgriScience at Massey University and heads to take a graduate role at one of the country’s top plant breeding and research companies, pursuing a field that she had never even heard of growing up.

Leaving Christchurch’s Rangi Ruru Girls' School, Becky was spoilt for choice about her future, including offers to pursue a fine arts degree, but she had her sights set on being a veterinarian, so off to Massey to attend the only vet school in the country. A tough choice for the horse lover who had to leave behind three horses and a place in a dressage young rider training squad. However, when she wasn’t selected to continue into the professional phase of the course, she was faced with trying again or finding another path.

“I ended up taking a few ag papers and really enjoying them so another option presented itself. To be honest, I didn’t really know what an AgriScience degree involved, as my high school didn’t even have agriculture as a subject.”

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However, she is happy with her new path, after accepting a highly-sought after graduate role at AgriSeeds. The 18-month appointment that will explore the many aspects of the pastoral seed industry including plant breeding, agronomic and market support, seed production, and sales. At the end of it all, she has her sights set on being an agronomist.

Although she chose not to pursue fine arts, she has managed to keep it in her life through commissioning artworks from her facebook page Becky-Reith-Art, drawing from her love of horses and experience in agriculture.

All the best in starting your exciting new career, Becky. You certainly have an eye for detail, as is evident in your artworks! We are sure you will be able to find space for a horse or two now that you are out in the workforce.