Saying goodbye can be one of the hardest things to do in your life. Well, on October, 31st 2015 I said goodbye to being an FFA member and zipped up my blue corduroy jacket for the last time. October 31st was the day that I received my American FFA Degree. As I was waiting to go across the stage I sat in my chair and looked down at my jacket. I wanted to take in every detail about the jacket. The first thing I thought about were the places that I have been and the people I have met. This jacket gave me the chance to meet people from all over the nation. I have met many people through the FFA and created friendships that will last a lifetime.
I then looked at the right side of my jacket and in gold lettering I read my name along with the officer positions I held. I thought about my time as an officer and the impact I had on other members. I can only hope that I was able to be a great role model for the members of my chapter. There below my name hung three pins. I looked at the pins hanging on the outside and thought about the many pins that also hung on the inside of my jacket. Those pins were more than just decoration. Those pins reminded me of my time with the FFA and the skills I acquired over the last six years. I learned how to be a leader, how to be a team player, how to communicate with my peers, and I learned that my love for agriculture can open many doors for me.
Finally, it was time for me to walk across the stage with my degree in hand. I walked on stage waiting for my six seconds of fame. I walked over to the National FFA President and then I heard my name over the roar of screams coming from my chapter. I shook the National FFA President’s hand and a feeling of accomplishment and pride rushed over me. I finally received the highest honor in the FFA organization. After walking off stage I knew that I will always bleed blue and gold!