By: Geoffrey Norris
Ever since I was a young child I knew that I wanted to be involved in the agriculture industry. I never knew in what way until my senior summer spent at FFA Camp when I was there as an Ohio FFA State Officer. Little did I know that these weeks would define was what I passionate about and help me find my calling to the agriculture industry.
Now after completing my first year at The Ohio State University- ATI as an agriscience education major, my passion is even greater than it was when entering college.
As part of my course work I worked with Mrs. Martin and students at West Holmes High School. During this time I was asked to help students and the teacher in different ways. These tasks helped me realize the immense amount of work that goes into being a teacher and advisor.
During my time I got to teach students quality assurance so they could show at the county fair. I was also fortunate enough to teach the juniors and seniors about the ruminant digestive system. I taught the students one day and then the next we all had the opportunity to dissect the system to see what exactly the feed looked like in the system. This dissection was a learning experience for the students and me as well. I was also invited to the May FFA meeting held by the chapter where the students played softball, ate hotdogs and held the regularly scheduled meeting.
This past week I was also invited to ride around with Mrs. Martin as she visited students to see how their SAE’s (Supervised Agricultural Experience) were going. She also helped students with their books so that they were completed for the county booking judging for fair.
To see the excitement that the students had was amazing and reminded me why I as pursuing the career that I am. I one day want to make the impact on their lives as they made on me in those two weeks. It was sad to leave these students as they have changed my life for the best.