I ended my FFA career stationed by the rising sun, I am now ending my college career standing here by the owl. Serving as my FFA chapters President, I had planted my roots in agriculture. I just hadn’t figured that out until after I graduated high school.
If you would have told me four years ago that I would be wanting to go back to high school, I probably would have laughed. I was so excited to get out of high school and go to college to pursue animal science. That plan never worked that way.
My second semester of college I found myself wanting to help students find their calling in life. I was missing a blue corduroy jacket, and watching my little brother start his FFA career. It was around that time I decided I wanted to go back to high school and cultivate young minds. I wanted to inspire kids to find their passion in life, whether that be in the agriculture industry or not.
I began pursing agricultural education as my career. Agricultural education began making me a better person. I
I get excited when I get to talk to kids about pursing agricultural education. I get excited every time I hear an FFA member give the creed that changed it all. I get excited every time I get to say “Here by the owl.”
I am currently serving as the National Teach Ag Ambassador for Oklahoma, and representing Oklahoma State University. I am preparing for National FFA Convention, where I will be working the National Teach Ag Booth. I hope to have students coming to talk to us who are excited to begin this journey.
Some will probably never understand why I chose agricultural education. All I can say is that I am in it for the outcome, not the income.
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Cody is a senior at Oklahoma State University majoring in agricultural education. #osuAGED17 http://aged.okstate.edu/media/studentteach/spring-2017/dawson-resume