Agricultural Communications… Huh?

Ever since I changed my major to agricultural communications instead of animal science, every time I say what my major is, I get questioned about what that entails and what I’m going to do with the degree. I didn’t know that this wasn’t a well-known major until I checked Missouri State’s population of agricultural communications majors: a whole six of us. The classes that are required in a communications major can benefit anyone who is planning on finding their place in the business world. ag com 2Classes such as Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication, and Conflict Management can be useful to any professional and business. They provide training in the basics of communicating with co-workers, employers, and customers. In addition, they provide skills in recognizing and adapting to different communication and work styles. Also with this major, I have a wide range of jobs and career choices to pick from. I have the opportunity to put on events such as agriculture education programs for high school students through FFA, work on websites and develop media for agricultural companies, and write for magazines and newspapers that are related to agriculture issues. This degree program is so diverse that I could explore outside of agriculture for a career in business, organizational communication, and even work with leadership camps and programs. What I would like to do with my degree is work in the agriculture industry in a public relations position. ag comThis means that I will focus on company image and connecting with customers. Later in my career I hope to bring agriculture education programs into urban areas and give those uneducated people an opportunity to hear the story of agriculture and realize its importance. This major has helped me realize the importance of communication not only in agriculture, but in the job market as a whole. With this degree I will find my place in the work force and help agriculture tell its story using the skills I have learned and the vast amount of career choices.

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College Confusion

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.

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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.