STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


Barbara McBreen


Moving from Chicago's south side to Ames, Iowa was a culture shock for Brian Castro. "I could hear myself breathe," says Castro, a sophomore with a double major in animal science and global resource systems. In Chicago, the third largest city in the nation, traffic, people and noise are a constant. Castro says it took a while to get used to the open horizons and acres of corn. Immersing himself into new situations ins't something new for Castro. He's a first generation American and his first language is Spanish. His parents moved from Mexico to pursue the American dream in Chicago before he was born. Castro says he often surprises others when he answers his cell phone and speaks fluent Spanish.