When I started school at Missouri State University I knew exactly what I wanted to do, unlike most freshman. I would graduate, go to vet school and settle down with my vet clinic and family. I worked at a vet clinic for two years in high school and enjoyed helping with surgeries, appointments, and just being in the vet clinic atmosphere. My boss was coaching me about vet school and the steps I needed to take to get there and I was even doing research as a junior in high school, not about undergraduate studies, but about vet schools I would be applying to years in the future.When I got to college however, my sense of what I wanted to do changed.
Everything changed when I entered my Introduction to Animal Science class my first semester of college. From day one I knew that this was not something I wanted to do because math and science are not my strong academic points, and there was a lot of it. I consulted my family asking what they think I would be successful at and what I should do. My mom gave me the best advice that I could ever give any college student coming in as a freshman or even a transfer student: “Do what is going to make you happy, not what is going to make you the most money or make other people happy.” I talked to my academic adviser and gave him the thirty second biography that I thought would give him the magic answer to the biggest decision of my college career. I knew I wanted to stay in agriculture because it is my passion and what our lives are based around, and I knew I liked working and talking with a lot of different people. He suggested agricultural communications based on his experience working with me and the details I gave him. This change has become one of the best decisions I have made in my 20 years. I have gotten more experience and had the opportunity to work with a lot of different people through class and even job opportunities. The moral of this story is to take life as it comes. It is always changing and it’s definitely not promised to be easy, but enjoy it as it comes and explore the new opportunities it has to offer.