My First Year of College!

Wow, I can’t believe how fast time has gone! I remember my first day on campus, it was only a couple of months ago but it has nine months since the start of school. Through these past nine months a lot has happened, I mean absolutely a lot! I have had a lot of ups and downs from being away from home and on my own to classes becoming a lot harder than high school to making new friends. My experience has been amazing, I thought it would be really hard but I know for myself I have worked through everything and can say that I succeed and don’t want to drop out!

My organizations that I joined were amazing, I am a proud sister of Sigma Alpha, a professional sorority pursuing women to excel fro careers in agriculture. I am a member and the new vice president for the upcoming year in the Block and Bridle club. I am also a member in Collegiate Farm Bureau, FFA, and Phi Eta Sigma. I also have had to do a lot of things to keep my scholarship from working at mandatory events for diversity to volunteering at the Humane Society, I absolutely love dedicating my time to help animals who want and need love while they are waiting to be adopted. I have had an amazing opportunity helping at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. I enjoy going there on often and being able to clean kennels and cages, walk dogs, give dogs a bath, play with the cats, and of course clean the facilities to keep the animals healthy. DSC_0969

Lastly, what I have learned the most is that family is one thing that is important to me. My family means the world to me. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them, they have kept me going through everything from my hard times at school to missing them when I can’t be home with them, to telling me to keep trying and that they are proud of me. My family is absolutely the one thing I value most. I would have dropped out in a heart beat if it wasn’t for my family. College has been an interesting life changing event for me and this experience will be one that I will always remember.

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Chuck Zimmerman: AgWired Founder

Last Wednesday night in class, we had a very special guest speaker, whose name was Mr. Chuck Zimmerman. Our teacher, is an employee of his company AgWired. She goes on trips to write blogs, record and conduct interviews, and everything else he ask. We were fortunate to have him talk over Skype to our class and we were able to learn about how he saw the agriculture communications and journalism change over the years along with how he took those changes to create his business he has now.

First, the agriculture communications and journalism changed from farm broadcasting radio to now the use of using blogs and social media to communicate with farmers. He saw this when he worked for Brownfield, a big radio farm broadcasting station. This was the best way to communicate with farmers and other who wanted to know about agriculture. As years went on, Mr. Zimmerman was one of the first to jump on the band wagon of using social media and of course blogging.

Second, from the previous paragraph, Mr. Zimmerman and his wife, Cindy, embraced the change of journalism and communication in the world around them. Their love of agriculture was their with them no matter what. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman, nine years ago started AgWired, a blog dedicated to their love of agriculture to share with the world. They shared photographs, videos, interviews, news related to agriculture, podcast, and other things on this site for people to see. This allowed them to upload as much as they wanted and what they wanted and liked for their audience to see. They publish more than six times a day, seven days a week to keep their audience interested. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman were smart and one of the first to jump on the blogging band wagon to communicate their love of agriculture to others.

Third, were do I think agriculture communications and journalism will go. I think it is safe to say that know one knows but if I had to guess, I think it will continue to grow on the internet and we will one day have no news papers, magazines or radio broadcasting. I thin that blogging and internet will continue to impact the way journalism and communication is conducted. I see it as being able to access on the phones, tablets, laptops with just a type of a specific word. Agriculture communications and journalism will continue to change through out the years to come.

I want to say thanks to Mr. Zimmerman for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to our class and share his experience as a journalist, blogger, radio broadcaster, podcaster, interviewer, business owner, and advocate for agriculture. If you haven’t check out his wife and his blog as http://www.agwired.com. You will enjoy it!

Summer is around the corner!

As the days pass, I can only think of what my summer is going to be like, then I remember I have three weeks left! Only three weeks until the end of my first year of college. All I can think is wow it went fast but I have made so many friends and have learned a lot of new things from managing my time to studying hard for exams and everything. I have had to make a lot of decisions on my own and not having my parents with me even though I can call at any time. College has made me realize that everything isn’t handed to you and you have to go out there and find it. I just can’t believe I am one fourth of the way done with my college career! As summer approaches, I can’t wait for my summer! I have a job back at home that I am really looking forward to, it is at our local county extension office! This is a place I have been numerous times since I was young because of all my 4-H involvement. This is going to be great because I will have the weekends off to help my family on the farm.

Second, I don’t normally tell about my life but I am currently in a long distance relationship, I mean 13 hours difference and in completely different states. My boyfriend, Garrett, is from Georgia. I will see him at the end of May as my vacation before work and again in July when he flies out to Missouri. But in May when I visit, his family is  is taking their annual vacation to Mrytle Beach and I was invited. Before we leave for vacation, I hopefully will be able to go with Garrett’s grandpa, uncle and Garrett to watch them harvest their winter crops. I am very excited because I have never been able to experience something like that. I am also hoping that I will be able to look inside one of their chicken houses. I am not allowed to enter the builds because of sanitation reasons, but I am hoping I may be lucky and go in one to see what it is like.

My summer is going to be great, no worries about school. Being home with my family, going on vacation with my boyfriend, and best of all being on the farm. I also have a couple of cattle shows and weddings to attend. I am ready for summer and in need of it now. But I also have to look back and see how far I have come in just one year of college and that I only have three more weeks!