I start thinking about FFA and I go back to the start. You see I did not take an agriculture education class as a freshmen. My interests were academic; Math, Physics, History. Somewhat indicative of my chosen career of engineering.
While I had been involved with 4-H, and had seen FFA members in action at the local county fair I was not convinced those odd corduroy jackets were for me. One of my friends was in FFA and their Advisor was out at their project providing some help. I happened to be there that day and asked a few questions of the guy myself. Next thing I know he had volunteered to come to my house and take a look at my projects.
“Why would this guy I had barely met, volunteer to drive to my house to look at my livestock?” The answer is simple: because he cared. Shortly after that encounter I went into the counseling office and signed up for that guy’s class. No other teacher had ever visited my house to give advice, all in my best interest.
That chance project visit started a 12 year friendship, which has taken us through 15 states, 5 countries, across an ocean, and everywhere in between. He recognized my potential and exploited every ounce on my behalf. I think this is why I love FFA so much. It doesn’t matter where you are, FFA will always provide you with these kind of people. Coaches that challenge. Teachers that know more about the world than most politicians