The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) has named 12 students to the 2023 class of ACEL Outstanding Seniors. These students were selected by the faculty and staff of the department for their excellence both in and out of the classroom. Alexandra Liskai, an agriscience education major from Woodville, Ohio, was named as one of ACEL’s Outstanding Seniors for 2023.
Read about Alexandra’s Ohio State experience below.
Why did you choose your major?
Ever since I was little, I always knew that I wanted to become an educator in some capacity. So I combined teaching and my love for agriculture and I chose Agriscience Education as my major. I wanted to leave a lasting memory on my students through teaching them about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, students are able to learn a variety of skills including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology. Ag teachers never have the same day twice, from hands on learning to traveling to other cities/states for conventions/conferences, to sharing your passion for agriculture.
Why did you choose to attend Ohio State?
I chose to start my college career at Ohio State ATI in Wooster, Ohio which allowed me to start at a college that was smaller and hands-on. ATI allowed for the transition between high school and college to be almost seamless before transitioning to Columbus.
What classes did you enjoy the most?
My favorite classes had to be those that I experienced at Ohio State ATI, due to their smaller class size, as well as hands on learning experiences. In particular, my Intro to Animal Sciences lecture and lab with Dan Linden were at the top of the list. In addition, to welding where many of us learned how to weld for the first time. Lastly, I would have to say statistics was near the top of the list as well.
What student organizations have you been involved in and what roles did you hold within those organizations?
During my time at Ohio State ATI, I was a member of the Collegiate FFA, and ACELT where I served as the treasurer. Once I transitioned to Columbus, I was a member of the Agricultural Education Society, where I was a member of the education and outreach committee, and the banquet committee. In addition to holding the office of treasurer. Lastly, I was a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success.
How were these organizations beneficial to your collegiate experience?
They were beneficial by allowing me to be engaged with peers who have similar interests and goals. Teaching me about organizing large activities and being financially sound when planning functions. Also it allowed me to network with others in the industry.
What internships did you complete and what were your responsibilities/projects as an intern?
How were they impactful in figuring out your career path? I am currently completing my student teaching at Elmwood High School in Bloomdale, Ohio. I am responsible for creating weekly lesson plans, projects, units and other aspects of teaching. In addition to assisting with FFA related activities such as Career Development Events (CDE’s) and more.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to become a high school agricultural educator and FFA advisor.
What stands out as your best college memory?
I had so many great memories throughout my college career, but forming friendships that will last a lifetime with always be my favorite.
What advice would you give to the freshman version of yourself?
Many have told you that these next four years will be the best years of your life and to experience all that you can before entering the workforce. That is true; but it will also be some of the most trying times of your life. Going away to college and having to adjust to being on your own for the first time in your life, meeting and living with complete strangers, and balancing studying work and fun. remember to be tru e to yourself and have the college experience you So just want.