Supervised Agricultural Experience:
I have had two SAEs over the course of my FFA experience. The first was agriscience research. I was able to design my own research projects on agriculture topics that I was interested in and competed in the Agriscience Fair competition through FFA. The second was agriculture education, where I worked with my FFA chapter and county extension to put together ag literacy programs for the community.
What is one lesson you have learned as a state FFA officer?
This past year and a half, I have learned a lot more about prioritizing. In high school I had a lot of commitments, but they all took up small portions of time. Now balancing state office, college classes, my research SAE, and family has proven difficult. They all have some importance to me, so this skill was less about picking one and more about taking the time I have and balancing it to fit them all. While a majority of my time goes to FFA, I know to not schedule events the day before midterms, for example. This skill is something Iím still working at but I have improved immensely and have also limited my procrastination skills. If you ever need someone to bounce ideas off of for how to balance your schedule with FFA, let me know!
If you could be any food, what would you be and why?
If I could be any food, I would want to be the icing on the cake. Throughout my high school FFA experience competing, my advisors have told me that I donít have to win, I simply have to do my best. ďWinning is simply the icing on the cake.Ē The icing is never the best part of the cake - just like winning isnít the best part of the competition - itís the little extra on top. Though Iíve never been one who focuses on winning, I always want to put in a little extra effort on top of what I think my ďbestĒ would be. To me, thatís what the icing on the cake truly represents: the extra hour each night practicing for a competition, staying after events to help clean up, and pushing yourself to be just a little better than the last time. Iím not sure if Iím there yet, but Iíd like to think that Iím continuing to put in a little extra icing on top of the existing cake.
What is one opportunity that you'd recommend trying at the Wisconsin FFA Convention this June?
Each year, my home FFA chapter arrives to state convention on Monday and hauls in sound equipment to run the state talent show. This is one opportunity that I would definitely recommend taking advantage of. Whether you have talent singing, dancing, telling jokes, playing an instrument or more, you or a group can get involved in talent! Being a part of the crew that runs the talent show, I realized just how much you can benefit from participating in it. Everyone has a lot of fun, you get experience working with people, and you can share a hidden talent you may have. Applications are due April 20th, and weíd love to have your talent join the convention stage!