The Impact of the Individual

There are a lot of exciting things that happened this past week at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. I dropped my first billioniare off at his private plane, I met some of the nicest people in the world, and had my life change in a small way (at least for the next year).

Alexandria Henry was named the 2009-2010 National FFA Eastern Region Vice President.

If you are an FFA member anywhere in the country that has not gotten to meet Alex before, I sincerely hope her travels bring her close to you in the upcoming months. There are very few people that have made the impact on my life that Alex has. I still remember the first time I met her: I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We were at regional FFA leadership contests and I had come to the extemporaneous public speaking holding room to see my dad, who was chairing the contest. He pointed to the only student left in the room and said, “Have you met Alex? Her dad is an ag teacher, too.”. We muttered our greetings, I talked to my dad for a little bit and left. Little did I know, I had just met the president of my state officer team, my college roomate, my double date buddy, the girl who would let me crash at her house for an entire summer and, most importantly, one of my best friends.

As you may or may not know, Alex is special. She has a heart for not only FFA, but for all people in general. She is the type to leave sticky notes on your desk before you wake up to remind you to have a good day. She may not answer your phone call or text right away, but when she does you will talk for hours and the whole wait seems worth it. She is the one that, when her team is falling apart, becomes the glue to hold us together. The members of the National FFA Organization don’t quite realize how lucky they are about to be. Let me tell you, the members of Michigan FFA will tell you without even blinking an eye.

Over the next year, Alex will have the opportunity to travel from one coast to the other, go to Japan and back, and meet tons of amazing people along the way. She will get to experience this all alongside five other incredible people. Bethany, Chelsea, Levy, Randa, and Chase: you better take care of her for us. We are so happy to share Alex with the 507,000+ members of the National FFA Organization, but know that we will miss her dearly.

Congratulations, Alex, on accomplising your biggest dream yet. We love you!

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Opportunities–Take ’em!

I know, I know. The title of this post leads you to believe I’ve jumped back into FFA state officer mode.

Well, much to your chagrin, I have (at least for these few paragraphs written from my iPod Touch now that I have the FREE WordPress app!).

While having a conversation with my dad yesterday, I was sharing with him just how excited I was for the National FFA Convention in a week and a half. See, even though I’m done with my time as a member, I’ve gotten a great OPPORTUNITY to really expand my horizons and try something new. I will be serving as a collegiate host for the National FFA Foundation, giving tours and coordinating transportation for some of their most prosperous current and potential supporters.

And I mean PROSPEROUS.

While I can’t say who these supporters are for security reasons, I will say that it is going to be super cool! Not only do I have the OPPORTUNITY to network and mingle for myself, but I get the chance to share with these people and companies all the cool things FFA members are doing and the vast number of OPPORTUNITIES they are taking advantage of. How sweet is that?!

Getting back to my conversation with my dad–after sharing about my convention excitement, he expressed how much he wished more kids would take advantage of a variety of OPPORTUNITIES that crossed their paths, no matter what form they take.

So many high school students do very few things outside of playing sports and hanging out with friends. These same kids, as my dad shared, often get to resume building time their senior year and say, “I don’t have anything to put on here”. They’re also the same types of kids that go to college (if they go) with little idea of what they are really passionate about in life. How do we prevent this, though, as young adults?

You guessed… OPPORTUNITIES–take ’em!

Whether you are in band, FFA, 4-H, student government, your church youth group–I don’t care, just GET INVOLVED. Organizations and groups all over the country have conventions, conferences, mission trips, etc. that are meant to help you grow and expand your horizons. Besides that, they’re a whole lot of fun!!

Okay, now that I’ve gone on my rant and you’ve gotten sick of my capital letters, I’ll bring this to a close. Just remember–the world provides lots of cool opportunities, you just haveto be brave enough to step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of them.

Until next time–over and out!

Mobile messages!

So, I don’t know exactly what my problem is exactly, but my fear of authority figures is getting a little ridiculous.

I just took an exam and had a question.  Now, let me first say that I hate asking questions in class for fear of looking stupid.  In this case, however, I thought it was justified.  So I ask, and what happens?  Oh yeah, my worst fear comes true.  He looks at my like he couldn’t believe I would ask such a dumb thing.  No big deal, right?  Wrong.

And in comes the waterworks.

Seriously!  I start to get teary-eyed!  Well, I eventually got myself under control, but I really am pathetic and need to toughen up.

In other news, I am officially writing my first blog from my iPod.  Sweet, huh?!  I actually must admit that I’m pretty impressed with my middle finger typing speed 🙂  Now I just have to figure out why the font keeps getting bigger….hmmm….

Over and out!

Asteroids and exams….

Ahh….

You know, it may be weird, but I think it is always sort of refreshing to start something new on a new website.  For those of you that have followed by blog before, you may have noticed that I have transitioned from BlogSpot (the Google page) to WordPress.  After looking at many a blog, I have been impressed by the greater amount of design options and ease of operation that this site offers.  Needless to say….I switched!  If you are disappointed in any way, sorry (maybe I’ll post a few randomly just for kicks and giggles!).

Anywho….

I have finally had it and am taking a break from studying.  In the past two weeks, I have taken 3 exams and am currently (well, until my break of course) studying for another tomorrow.  Ah, October.  The time of mid-terms and leaves changing.  A time of studying and pumpkin carving.  Who couldn’t love it?

So, in order to spite the professor of my current studying escapade (albeit, my favorite professor by far, but that’s neither here nor there), I have just popped in Armageddon (which he is convinced is the worst production in cinematic history, right up there with Pearl Harbor) and am making my transition to WordPress.  Sounds like a good evening to me 🙂  In any case, I feel my break is well deserved after the past few weeks I’ve had.

September started my foray into the world of collegiate dairy judging.  I was on the 4-H dairy judging teams that competed at the NAILE in 2006 and the World Dairy Expo in 2007, but I’ve taken the past year or so off.  This fall, though, I have been competing as a member of MSU’s collegiate team.  So far we have been to the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA and the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.  These trips have been tons of fun, but have made catching up on my schoolwork a little difficult to say the least.

This semester I am taking 16 credits (less than I took last year), but apparently I managed to pick the hardest classes to fit into those sixteen.  Well, let me rephrase that–I picked the hardest CLASS to take: Genetics.  Now you would think that someone who 3.5ed and 4.0ed her last two biology classes would be able to manage this, but let me tell you this–no way!  It’s definitely going to take everything I have just to pass.  On top of that, I have Microbiology, Introduction to Communication Methods (yuck), and Interpersonal Communication.  Busy, busy, dizzy!

I will survive, though!

With that, I should get back to watching Armageddon (ah, nothing like saving the world from a giant rock that creates flames in space to get you in a good mood!) and studying.

Over and out!