As I said in my last post, life is busy! But I'm loving every minute of it! One of my favorite parts of college has been connecting with my friends and classmates in student organizations. Since I was a freshman at UWRF, I have been active in several of these organizations including Dairy Club and Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural sorority. Meetings and club events are a great opportunity to see friends, while having the chance to develop professionally and/or relax and have fun. This has been especially true with the two organizations at UWRF catering to ag education - the Agricultural Education Society and Alpha Tau Alpha.
Ag Ed Society was my first chance to meet other people on campus that were as passionate for agriculture and agricultural education as I was. While the focus of the group is Ag Ed, members come from all majors across the university. The group holds bi-weekly meetings, volunteers to help with FFA conferences and contests, presents and judges parliamentary procedure workshops and contests, as well as going bowling and golfing in the Putzke Open. My favorite Ag Ed Society memory was bonding with upperclassmen as a member of the quiz bowl team for the National Collegiate Agricultural Education Conference/ATA Conclave as a freshman and sophomore. Not only was I able to utilize my Ag Ed knowledge (oh, how I love Ag Ed trivia!), but also really get to know other Ag Ed majors who are still good friends and resources. It was an additional plus to come home with both second and first place wins!
Alpha Tau Alpha is a national professional honorary organization specifically for agricultural education majors. While ATA partners with Ag Ed Society in some events, ATA has a special focus in preparing future educators. We've had great professional development events as the group has traveled to visit classrooms or engaged in great question and answer sessions with current teachers and administrators. As a member I've been able to build on the relationships I started forming as an underclassman and really bond with my fellow Ag Ed majors.
Tonight we welcomed seven new members into our ATA family during ATA initiation. It was a neat experience to hear about why these new members are excited about agricultural education. It was also a good chance for me to reflect on my own reasons, as well as reflecting about the impact that these organizations have had on my life. The biggest impact? The bonds that I have formed with my close friends and fellow Ag Ed majors through the ups and downs of college life.
Good friends nearing the end of our college career and getting ready to continue to the next step - STUDENT TEACHING!