Meet Katelyn Elder

Katelyn Elder

I​ ​believe​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future​ ​of​ ​agriculture.​ ​Those​ ​words​ ​may​ ​have​ ​left​ ​my​ ​mouth​ ​a​ ​few​ ​million times​ ​before,​ ​but​ ​they​ ​have​ ​never​ ​meant​ ​more​ ​to​ ​me​ ​than​ ​they​ ​do​ ​now.​ ​I​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​last​ ​four​ ​years of​ ​my​ ​life​ ​dedicated​ ​to​​ ​agriculture.​ ​I​ ​don’t know who I would be​ ​without​ ​the​ ​virtues that​ ​agriculture​ ​has​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​my​ ​life.​ ​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​express​ ​my​ ​passion​ ​an​ ​impactful​ ​way.​ ​My​ ​decision​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​a​ ​career​ ​in​ ​agricultural​ ​education​ ​has​ ​been​ ​the best​ ​that​ ​I​ ​have​ ​ever​ ​made. When​ ​I​ ​joined​ ​FFA​ ​my​ ​freshman​ ​year​ ​of​ ​high school,​ ​I​ ​never would​ ​have​​ ​imagined​ ​its impact​​.​ ​I​ ​look​ ​back​ ​at​ ​the​ ​last​ ​four​ ​years​ ​of​ ​my​ ​life​ ​and​ ​am overwhelmed by the​ ​experiences​ ​that​ ​the​ ​FFA​ ​has ​given​ ​me.​ ​

​Without​ ​the push​ ​from​ ​my​ ​advisers​ ​and​ ​the​ ​influence​ ​of​ ​the​ ​FFA,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​not have​ ​made​ ​my​ ​way​ ​to Mizzou.​ It seemed like a​ ​far​-fetched​ ​dream​ ​that​ ​could not be​ ​a​ ​reality.​ ​Now,​ ​I​ ​couldn’t​ imagine​ ​myself​ ​anywhere​ ​else.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​following​ ​my​ ​passion​ ​and​ ​drive​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​difference​ ​in students’​ ​lives​ ​by​ ​becoming​ ​an​ ​agricultural​ ​educator.

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