Hello! My name is Emma Fordyce, and I am a freshman at the University of Missouri, majoring in science and agricultural journalism.
I come from the rural town of Bethany, Missouri, population 3,200. Bethany is comprised mostly of farm families, and our family is no different. Our farm is a couple of miles east of town, where we raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle. My dad still farms when he gets home from his job in Jefferson City, and my mom manages the farm. I have one sibling, an older brother, who is a junior at Mizzou. He plans on taking over the farm after receiving a degree in agricultural systems management.
Although I did grow up on a farm, my passion was never for production agriculture. In high school, I participated in many clubs, organizations and sports. The organization that I devoted most of my time to was FFA where I served as chapter president and an Area II officer. My second priority in high school was FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). My senior year of high school I participated in the Publication Design contest and ended up going to nationals with my team.
With my background in agriculture, I knew that I wanted to continue to be in this industry, without taking over the farm. Many careers appealed to me, but from the leadership and public speaking skills I learned from FFA, and design and creativity learned from FBLA and various other clubs, I decided to do science and agricultural journalism, with hopes of working at an advertising agency, or in public relations.
I was blessed with an amazing support system that is pushing me to become the second only Fordyce to attend and graduate from college, and I can’t wait to further my education, and start my career!