“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” This quote (source unknown) hangs above my desk. As a senior majoring in agricultural education with a leadership emphasis, that is what I am trying to do. This semester I am taking Introduction to Science and Agricultural Journalism to sharpen my written communication skills, gain valuable insight into agricultural communications, and share agriculture’s story.
I am originally from the 600-person “metropolis” of Green City, Missouri. Many people have never heard of Green City, which is not surprising, because Sullivan County doesn’t even have a stoplight. Just 45 minutes south of the Iowa border, we raise a small amount of row crops but are pretty partial to beef cattle, and are ranked in the top No. 30 counties, nationwide, for pork production. Even though I did not grow up on a farm, I was an active member of 4-H and FFA. Through these experiences and growing up surrounded by agriculture, I was very enthusiastic to seek out a career in the agriculture industry.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, I want to work in a job with people and agriculture. I will be graduating in May of 2017 and – yes I do realize that is a pretty broad scope of positions to choose from. My past internships and jobs have included row crop seed sales, a marketing firm, working at the Mizzou Meat Market, serving as a Summer Welcome Leader, teaching third graders about agriculture as an Ag Ed on the Move Classroom Educator, and even flipping burgers for – everyone’s favorite – Ronald McDonald.
My diverse resume has taught me that as I begin my search for a full-time position this fall, I am seeking out a good company, not a specific job title. I am specifically searching out a company where I can be surrounded by co-workers who challenge and support me, give back, and are working to support the American farmer.
I enjoy being an active member and serving as the current recruitment chair for my sorority, Sigma Alpha. Outside of school, work, and campus involvement activities, I enjoy traveling (I have been to New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico), attending church, going to concerts (in 2014 I saw Garth Brooks perform live from the first row) and spending time with my friends and family.