Agricultural and Extension Education
Class of 2020
Hundred, West Virginia
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford
"Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are." - Teddy Roosevelt
"Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself." - Harvey Specter
What book would you recommend and why?
"It Happened in West Virginia." I'm a fan of short stories and, truthfully, I would rather write them than read them, but this book is an exception to that rule. I love West Virginia and I have always been intrigued by her history. This book reveals tales that tell the story of our beloved Mountain State and the situations that shaped the place we know today. I think it's equal parts intriguing and fascinating and I would highly recommend it.
What do you love most about your major?
Opportunity. I've known for a very long time that I wanted to major in Ag. Ed. because it's a career I believe in and have a passion for. I knew this major would be impactful, but I didn't realize the amount of opportunities it would provide me with. Getting to be a part of different events and observe the way programs across the state are run is an amazingly unique opportunity that this major has provided me with. It's been one of the most beneficial and inspiring parts of my education at WVU.
What are your career goals?
After obtaining my bachelor's degree, I hope to find a job teaching at a high school in West Virginia, but I'm also open to the possibility of other states. Working toward my degree here at WVU has given me a real thirst for putting it to use. I can't wait to get into a classroom and teach, so that's my biggest goal.
What are your hobbies?
I'm a big fan of FFA. I keep up with state and regional contests the way a football buff might keep up with their favorite team. It might be odd to consider that a hobby, but it's something I really enjoy doing. I also love spending time with my family, fiancé, and the many animals that inhabit my parents home. I love to write in my free time, and I like to play the guitar.
What is the most important thing you've learned outside the classroom?
I'm a very thoughtful person and I reflect a lot on the things that impact me in life. Our lives are full of lessons, if we choose to absorb them. One of the most important things I've learned in life, is that it's for living. Don't take a moment for granted. Don't pass by an opportunity. Don't stifle your laugh if something makes you happy. Don't for a second assume there's always a tomorrow. Live each day as if it's your last and at the end of it, have no regrets. Live as loudly as possible, and always be unapologetic about that.
What is a cause you're passionate about?
I'm passionate about the future of agriculture, as my major may imply. I grew up with a deep appreciation of this industry and have developed more knowledge about it as I've aged, which has only increased my affinity for it. I love educating people about agriculture and advocating for an industry I believe in so passionately.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
Find something you love, and do it! There are a lot of opportunities at WVU, whether they be in clubs or coursework, there's no excuse to not find something that truly excites you and lights a fire within you. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Your people are here, it's just a matter of finding them.