Landis chose the major of agriscience education because she wanted to make sure future middle school and high school students had the opportunity to be educated about their food and have the option to pursue a career in agriculture if they desired.
She decided to choose Ohio State in hopes that the University, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) would provide her with the opportunities, challenges and relations that would prepare her to be the best educator.
“Being a Buckeye has fulfilled all the hopes I had as an incoming freshman,” said Landis.
In its second year, the Distinguished Senior Award recognizes top students in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. This year, Landis is one of 10 students to be selected by faculty for the honor.
Of her nomination as an ACEL Distinguished Senior, agriscience education faculty noted that Landis has been a “servant leader, who maintains excellent academic standing, has completed several internships and is a positive role model for ASE students.”
As a student at Ohio State, Landis was involved with both Alpha Zeta Partners (AZP) and Agricultural Education Society (AES) of which she served as president in 2019 among a number of other roles throughout her four years in the organization, such as education and outreach chair, programming chair and secretary. She also represented the agriscience education on the ACEL Alumni Board for two years. For AZP, she was the Class 19 chronicler and scribe.
Landis completed several internships, including the Teach Ag Ohio agriscience education internship program as a freshman. “This experience gave me a lot of exposure to agricultural educators and insight to what a career in agricultural education would be like,” said Landis.
She also completed internships with Harvest Land Cooperative as a field technician, Ohio Soybean Council and Grow Next Gen, which gave her exposure to production agriculture on the producer and consumer side, and Beck’s Hybrids as an Ohio sales intern.
“My experiences with Harvest Land Cooperative, Ohio Soybean Council and Grow Next Gen made me realize that I enjoy being the link between producers and consumers. Sales is just like education. You work with people, communicate new information and help them make decisions.”
She also recently completed 14 weeks of student teaching with Marion Local High School and the Marion Local FFA Chapter.
In the classroom, Landis enjoyed the classes that she was able to take with her fellow agriscience education majors. “Learning and bonding with peers who have similar aspirations and passions was a great experience!” She also noted that she enjoyed her biology and agricultural communication classes, where a lot of the content was centered around current issues in our world, like global warming and antibiotic resistance.
Landis shared that the agriscience education major at Ohio State will prepare you for a career where you help students succeed every day and show them the opportunities that exist within agriculture.
“Being a Buckeye will prepare you to take on new challenges and strive to make yourself better every day so you can be a role model for your future students.”
When asked what memory stands out as her favorite, it involved football Saturdays in Columbus. “Making breakfast with my friends on football Saturdays and cheering on the Buckeyes together.”
Following graduation, Landis plans to teach agricultural education in a high school agriculture program.