Making the most out of every opportunity

Making the most out of every opportunity

Jan 20
Nicole Chance, Sophomore in Agricultural Communications
  
School is back in session and it is back to the reality of being a college student. But being a college student has its perks. College provides you with opportunities to meet different people that share the same interests and passions as you. For example, I was able to participate in a great networking opportunity over winter break—the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Professional Development Conference at Oklahoma State. I wanted to share just a few of the things I was able to take away from this experience!

1.    “When you enjoy what you do, you do a better job.”
That is a direct quote from Kelly Barnes, the kickoff speaker of the conference. Not only reassure me that I was in the right place, but also that the degree I have chosen to pursue is a 100% the right choice for me! I love to write and communicate with others. That passion and desire has really helped me to apply myself and have an eagerness to learn more about the industry I represent. If you do not enjoy what you are doing, then the passion and desire is not there and the willingness to learn and succeed is not present. Find something you enjoy and give it 110%!

2.    Don’t be afraid to meet new people—expand your horizons.
You can never know too many people. College is the best to time to meet people that share the same interests and passion as you possess. Through this experience, I became close with many other ag communications students from multiple universities. Specifically, I have gained close relationships with girls from THE Ohio State University (they get mad if THE is not at the front). I was intrigued to learn about their goals, internship experiences, and what they hope to do in the future and I know they will go far. Meeting peers like that inspires me. Who knows…one day I could be working alongside one of them!

3.    “Your knowledge is nothing if your knowledge does not serve.”
This really spoke to me. As college students sometimes we get so caught up in life. We ask ourselves questions like “What am I going to wear?” or “What does she/he think of me?” We get so caught up in a me-focused society that we don’t take time to think of others. The agriculture industry provides us with the perfect opportunity to serve those who need it most. We have the ability to produce, provide, and educate others about food production in a world today that needs it more than ever! Our responsibility is to use our knowledge to serve those who need it most, not use it for our own selfish ambitions.
Whenever you are given the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom throughout your college career, I suggest you take it! What you learn and the relationships you make are memorable experiences that you won’t forget.