If you’re my friend in real life, you may remember that about three years ago I started my own blog. Its main goal was to educate my own friends and family about life on the farm, from the perspective of a farmer’s daughter . I wrote about everything from the marketing decisions of a dumpster company, to my dad’s leather gloves, to how I was going to change the world someday. What a wide range of topics, am I right? HAHA! One of my favorite posts I wrote was about National FFA Week. I titled it “FFA > Zombie Killers” and listed five reasons why FFA was so much better than other clubs in high schools (at mine, for some reason, we had a zombie killing club). Thankfully, my writing has gotten much better than what it was two years ago (at least I hope so!) so I’m not going to share the whole thing here. But, I will share the five things that FFA had given me at that point in my life, which still hold true today. So here you go, excerpts copied and pasted straight from my first blog EVER! :)
“As National FFA week comes to a close, I’ve spent a lot of time this week reminiscing about my time in FFA and all the wonderful memories I have. To some, FFA is just a club in school or an excuse to miss class a few times. But to many, it’s much more than that. The following are the 5 BIG things that FFA has given me, continues to give me, and will keep giving to me for most of my life.
1) Good memories
Most high schoolers join clubs or sports teams in high school. While I did both of those things, there is no “club” that can compare to FFA. You might be wondering about the title of this post…at my high school, there was actually a club called “Zombie Killers”. What they did, I can’t say for sure…but to put them in the same category of “clubs” as FFA just doesn’t seem quite right. Some of my very best memories, hardest laughs, and greatest stories come from the events and activities in FFA. Contest teams, ski trips, float trips, fishing, Ag Olympics, and national and state conventions are just a few of the fun things that my chapter did that allowed us to build friendships, make memories, and promote agriculture all at the same time.
2) A sense of purpose and passion for the agricultural industry
Growing up on a beef cattle farm, agriculture has always been a huge part of my life. Being in FFA introduced me to the possibility of turning it into a career and showed me SO many opportunities for fulfilling my dreams. FFA opens doors for students, helps them realize their potential, and then helps them to REACH their full potential. Words can’t describe how thankful I am for this organization and the fire that it lit inside of me!
3) Lifelong friends that turned into family
Nothing is better than surrounding yourself with people who have the same passions as you. Thanks to FFA, I have several friends that I know will be with me for years to come, and who support and help me pursue my passion for agriculture. There’s nothing that can replace these types of friendships, and I have FFA to thank for them!
4) An AWESOME blue corduroy jacket
“What’s with the weird jackets?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard this, I would be a rich lady. There aren’t many organizations that would get me to PROUDLY wear a blue corduroy jacket and be seen in public while doing so. FFA members wear it with pride, and always have fun busting it out for years to come.
5) Agricultural role models
In FFA, your chapter has advisors that help you with anything and everything you would ever need. I don’t care what everyone else says…mine were by FAR the best around. They helped me to realize my strengths and weaknesses, and improve on both. They always made it fun to learn and even more fun to promote agriculture. To all FFA advisors out there, you are changing lives for the better and what you do is EXTREMELY important and underrated. In addition to my advisors, FFA has helped me to cross paths with other agriculturalists who are some of the best people I know. I will forever be grateful to have them as role models and idols.
Still want to try and say that FFA is just another club in high school? Didn’t think so!”
Well, there you have it! Five things that FFA has given me…and if you wore a blue jacket, probably you too!
HAPPY NATIONAL FFA WEEK, FRIENDS!