Reflection on Serving as the California FFA Association State Vice President

Last spring, Haley Warner, an agricultural communications student from Cal Poly, was elected as California State FFA Vice-President for 2014-2015.  Another Mustang will join the journey as a state officer for 2015- 2016. Congratulations to Danielle Diele, agricultural communications student,  for being  elected as Reporter! Read below as Haley Warner reflects on her time serving on the California State Officer Team this past year.

Written by Haley Warner 

When I think about my year of service as the California FFA Association State Vice President, two things that immediately come to mind is how fast the year has gone and how incredible of an experience it has been. In a matter of 365 days, I met countless FFA members, facilitated leadership conferences throughout the state, traveled thousands of miles and obtained an abundance of agricultural knowledge; but most importantly, I acquired five new family members and over 76,000 new best friends along the way.

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The 2014-2015 California FFA State Officer Team

The connections and relationships I have IMG_0597built with FFA members, industry leaders, parents and supporters has been one of the most rewarding aspects of being a State FFA Officer. The fact that families from across the state generously opened up their homes to my teammates and me and greeted us with immense hospitality is both heartwarming and humbling. One of my favorite memories from this year was during the chapter visit season, where I got to spend the night with the Fleetwood family in Visalia. Having only known the Fleetwood’s for about two hours prior, the entire family and I stayed up for hours reminiscing on memories and sharing laughs around their living room. When I think about the year I have been blessed with, I think back to moments like that and realize that I would have never created that relationship with the Fleetwood family, without the amazing opportunity serving as a State FFA officer.

IMG_0546IMG_0287In addition to the incredible people I have met, this year has truly opened my eyes to what the Future Farmers of America organization does for students. It did not matter whether we were three miles from the Oregon border in Butte Valley or a short drive from the Mexican Border in San Pasqual, the impact that FFA has made in students’ lives is incredible. Because of this organization I have seen students step out of their comfort zones through public speaking, experimenting with a new agriculture project and embracing their true leadership abilities while serving as a FFA officer at the chapter level. Due to their time in FFA, high school students are prepared to jump into their futures with skills and knowledge they will use for the rest of their lives. From the members I have interacted with this year, there is no doubt in my mind that the future of agriculture will be a positive one, and I am thankful that I got to be a small part of it.

It is practically impossible for me to sum up my entire year, but overall, I am incredibly grateful. State Office is a once in lifetime opportunity and a year I will never forget. Even though it has come to an end, this is only the beginning of what will be an incredible lifetime of friendships and memories. As I prepare myself to return to Cal Poly, I cannot wait to take what I have been given this past year and continue to serve, but in a different capacity. Even though the blue and gold jacket has been hung up, I know my love for the FFA, agriculture and the people in it will only continue to grow. I am grateful for the year I have been blessed with and look forward to my future as a Cal Poly Mustang once again.

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Who are you voting for? Meet this year’s candidates for CAFES Board of Directors!

Every April lawn stakes, flashy posters and campaign booths decorate Cal Poly’s campus. Candidates running for ASI President and ASI Board of Directors are eager to make their names known and get your vote.  All students are encouraged to cast their votes not only for ASI President, but for their college representatives, which are known as the ASI Board of Directors.

The ASI Board of Directors serves as the legislative body of ASI and official representative voice of Cal Poly students. This year for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) there are 10 candidates running and only 5 spots available. Voting begins next Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7 a.m. and ends Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7 a.m. Take time this week to learn more about the candidates who want to represent you, starting with reading each of their statements below!

Madison Albiani

11110576_992867354059552_5444881431538399998_oMy name is Madison Albiani; I am a sophomore working towards my degree in animal science here at Cal Poly. My passion for Cal Poly and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has lead me to engage in a number of organizations aiming to better the Mustang experience. From involvement with ASI Board of Directors representing the College of Agriculture, to the Cal Poly Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show, I have worked to fulfill positions in which I can serve the university while further developing my own leadership skills. My involvement in these great organizations has driven me to run for re-election and continue to serve as an ASI Board of Director representing the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science.

 Seth Borges

11150336_1560911584133596_1165649441794161823_nI am a third year agribusiness student from Visalia, Calif. who is looking to continue representing my college. During my time at Cal Poly I have involved myself in many of the clubs in CAFES. I have been involved in the Agribusiness Management Club, the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, and have served as a Board of Director for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences for the past year. From my involvement in these organizations, I have built a diverse network of connections that I can utilize to get student opinion on subjects and represent the true goals of CAFES students. If re-elected to the Board of Directors I will work hard to ensure that the best interests of students are met with any decisions or projects. I look forward to the opportunity to serve and represent the students of CAFES.

Jana Colombini

10985219_818621324851827_6145193997525011492_nMy name is Jana Colombini and I am a 11037708_800495159997777_3063762548711580310_nsecond year agricultural science major. Growing up on a farm in the small town of Linden, Calif. I learned the importance of agriculture. I would like to represent the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Sciences again and will continue do so with integrity, respect and honesty. Serving our college this past year on the ASI Board of Directors has given me the experience I need to continue to represent our college well. This past year, I served as the Chair of the It’s On Us Week Committee to work towards ending sexual assault at Cal Poly. I would like to continue my work into next year to ensure a better Cal Poly. As one of your representatives on the ASI Board of Directors, I will make sure your voice is heard and continue to work tirelessly to represent you.

Eric Djanie

10608493_875342942493964_7274272577713081552_oMy name is Eric Djanie, I am an animal science major, and I am running for the position of Board of Directors in order to be a voice for the students of The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences. Currently, I am involved with several student groups on campus, as well as being the host for KCPR’s Time With Eric, where I discuss inspirational topics that I believe can help students achieve success. Additionally, in the past I have been involved with other student government organizations and business management boards, which have provided me with the necessary skills needed to represent and advocate on behalf of students. Furthermore, I believe in truth, responsibility, hard work, and honesty, and I promise that if elected, I will fight for my fellow students with all of my heart and passion.

Leo Farias

2115611_origI am running for Board of Directors at Cal Poly. ―My name is Leo Farias; I have a lot of experience working with various committees, clubs, events, and organizations. Including an elected position with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Associated Students of Merced College. At Cal Poly, I am very active with clubs and committees and I truly believe that I am one of the most qualified individuals running for any position, but that doesn’t matter nearly as much as the reason that I am running; which is to make a difference in your life. I want to be your voice, your advocate, your innovator and be at your service. I truly believe that power finds its purpose when it is put at the service of others. I care about the students at Cal Poly and I will do everything I can to represent them well.

Emily Dale

1891381_10206486278378360_4899637791836002052_oAs a first year agricultural communication major and a student in the college of agriculture, I was eager to become part of a variety of clubs including: The Cal Poly Tractor Pull, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, Agriculture Ambassadors and Fremont Inter Housing Council. Previous to college, I have held leadership positions in the Future Farmers of America such as Chapter President and North Coast Region Vice President in addition to being the president of my class at Fortuna High School. These diverse experiences and my fresh mind and perspective are what make me an ideal candidate for the board of directors. The board of directors represents the entire college, and I would be honored to serve as a representative of the younger students at Cal Poly. It would be a privilege to serve and represent the college of agriculture and it’s students on the board of directors.

Shane Gillard

10830547_910036552371366_4102752174282579884_oHello all, my name is Shane Gillard, and I would love to have the opportunity to serve on the 2015-2016 ASI Board of Directors representing CAFES. Becoming involved in clubs and activities such as the Agribusiness Management Club and Week of Welcome opened my eyes to opportunities within ASI. I believe I would be a great candidate because of my father’s “3 P’s”– Passion, Purpose, and Perspective. My experiences with FFA and 4-H have fed my passion for agriculture, which will guide me to make the best decisions for our college. My purpose – having the drive to perform at my absolute best in all situations. My perspective offers a unique approach to how I view the school in ways that can bring fresh insights. I would be a motivated, and innovative candidate that demonstrates a high level of professionalism. CAFES students use your brain, and vote for Shane!

Riley Nilsen

11155044_863664450323676_6073951526032991445_oMy name is Riley Nilsen and I aspire to serve you as a representative on the Board of Directors. I believe in our students’ ability to electrify our campus, and I want to serve CAFES by representing our needs, breaking communication barriers, and ensuring positive use of student fees. I was born and raised locally on the central coast, and desire to continue my roots in farming through my major of Agricultural Sciences, with the ultimate goal of becoming an Agricultural Educator. I believe that my past experiences in student government, FFA, club volleyball, and working as a conference facilitator, can be utilized as assets to the Board. On campus, I am currently an active member in Collegiate FFA and Agricultural Ambassadors, and also serve as the Marketing Director for Fremont Hall. It would be an honor to represent our student body to its fullest potential within our college.

Thomas Sawyer

176647_948466331844305_1949248345640776496_oAs a second year Agricultural Business major I have come to love the college of ag and all of the great opportunities and experiences that come with being a CAFES major. My agricultural background rooted from growing up on a production dairy farm in the Central Valley and learning values of diligent labor showing that hard work is the key to success in all walks of life. Through joining and becoming an involved member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, I have developed an even greater appreciation for Agriculture and all that it represents, and now aspires me to join something even greater. I am excited for the opportunity to campaign for the ASI Board of Directors for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, and am devoted to making our great college even better!

Holly Wilson

1613915_805086012908366_7605107340987696176_nHi y’all! My name is Holly, and I am a second-year agricultural communication major, minoring in equine science. I grew up in the Central Valley, in the town of Kingsburg. In high school I was an editor for the yearbook and a writer for the school newspaper, and so far in my college career, I have served as the Communications Director for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. I feel like my diverse network of connections within Cal Poly will enable me to be a fair representation of our student body. I want to plant my roots in Board of Directors in order to expand upon my leadership experience, and help to serve as a bridge between the student body and ASI. I have a LOT of great ideas, and I hope that you all will find faith in me, and trust me to turn your ideas into reality. Go Mustangs!

For more information about the election go to
All candidate statements were gathered directly from the ASI website.

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SLO FFA Celebrates Easter One Chick at a Time

Note: No animals were harmed in the process of this educational experiment!

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For many of us, Easter festivities include Sunday mass, egg hunts and endless chocolate bunnies. But for the San Luis Obispo Future Farmers of America chapter, their Easter celebration was nothing short of colorful.


In typical hands-on-FFA fashion, freshman agricultural science students dyed fertilized chicken eggs to produce vibrant and fluffy chicks, just in time for Easter. This experiment served as a supplement to the students’ embryology unit seeing as chick development is very similar to human development. With in-house incubators, students took part in the production process from day one to hatching.

Bates Phone Pictures 1339Plates with Needles and Syringes

The end result was a plethora of brightly colored chicks spanning from green to purple to blue! Unfortunately, as the chicks grow older and their feathers come in, the pastel fuzz will disappear.

Check out the attached experiment instruction sheet and facts about the hatching process process to see how agricultural teacher Anna Bates guided her students throughout the project!

Egg Injection Instructions

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College Dean Speaks out to Keep Cattle Industry Viable

This is a reblog of a great article from the Capital Press written by Tim Hearden. 

David Daley, a rancher and interim dean at the California State University-Chico College of Agriculture, says he’s “still a student” who’s learning about various issues affecting the cattle industry. But he’s been a teacher, too, speaking out on thorny issues such as animal welfare and antibiotics. 

Tim Hearden/Capital Press David Daley, a rancher and interim dean of the California State University-Chico College of Agriculture, has been a leading voice on many issues facing the livestock industry in recent years.

CHICO, Calif. — Where David Daley is concerned, the student is the teacher.

A cattle producer and interim dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University-Chico, Daley considers himself “still a student” as he works to preserve the long-term viability of the ranching industry.

He’s learned about the public image of animal agriculture from urban students who didn’t grow up around farms, and he’s become nationally known for speaking out on several high-profile issues that can be touchy subjects for ranchers, such as animal welfare and the use of antibiotics in livestock.

“I deal a lot with urban students, and seeing that disconnect gave me the chance to step into that kind of role” of fostering a better understanding about the livestock industry, said Daley, who is also first vice president of the California Cattlemen’s Association. “I also try to understand people who have different viewpoints.”

A 25-year instructor and researcher at Chico State, Daley returned to the campus in 1990 after having been an undergraduate student here in the late 1970s. He began in the beef cattle program, drawing on his family’s history of ranching in Butte County since the 1850s.

Daley runs several hundred mother cows in the rolling hills near Oroville, Calif., and on U.S. Forest Service land in Plumas County. His children are involved in the operation as sixth-generation ranchers, he said.

Some of Daley’s early research helped lay the groundwork for animal traceability, as he worked with Harris Ranch to use DNA to identify and track animals to see how different sires performed in various range conditions, he said.

“I think some of the things we did were forerunners to the discussions we’re having now,” he said. “Certainly I don’t think we solved anything, but we had some good exploration and dialogue and increased some understanding in some of these areas.”

Lately, Daley has gained national attention for his role in educating the public — and the industry — about several thorny issues. In 2012, his vocal rebuke of animal abuse caught on an undercover video at a Central California slaughterhouse raised some eyebrows in the meatpacking industry.

Federal regulators temporarily shuttered the Central Valley Meat Co., in Hanford, Calif., after a video released by Washington, D.C.-based Compassion Over Killing, an animal welfare group, showed cows that appeared to be sick or lame being beaten, kicked, shot and shocked in an attempt to get them to walk to slaughter.

Speaking on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Daley said most cattlemen adhere to best-animal-care guidelines and that industry leaders “firmly believe that those knowingly and willingly committing any abuse to animals should not be in the business — period.”

What upset some in the meatpacking industry, he said, was that he made no complaints about the propriety of the undercover video itself. But he said he realized he had a short window of opportunity to get an industry message across to non-agricultural media and consumers, and he didn’t want to say anything that appeared to defend the slaughterhouse.

Since then, farm groups in Washington state and elsewhere have given generally cool receptions to proposed “ag-gag” bills that would bar undercover taping at agricultural operations and criminalize harming an operation’s image. One such law that passed in Idaho is being challenged in federal court.

On the issue of antibiotics, Daley has said the onus is on livestock producers to show the public they’re concerned about the issue and that they know what they’re doing when dispensing the drugs to their animals.

“What I’m really interested in is our long-term viability as cattle producers,” he said.

Today Daley often meets with consumer groups and speaks to the public about the livestock industry. “It’s more about pulling together the pieces and working with diverse groups (to educate them) about what we do,” he said.

He also keeps studying the issues. One day recently he attended a rangeland water quality summit at the University of California-Davis, gaining more knowledge about an issue that “has huge impacts on our business,” he said.

“I consider myself still a student,” he said. “I’m still learning how to resolve a lot of these issues.”

Daley said he enjoys his dual role as university dean and CCA officer, noting that it gives him plenty of exposure to both the private sector and academia. “It’s a nice combination,” he said.

“My problem is I’m interested in everything,” he said. “It’s probably fair to call me a jack of all trades and a master of none, but as a producer I think that’s important. … You really need to have an understanding of how it all fits together.”

David Daley

Age: 57

Occupation: Cattle producer and interim dean, California State University-Chico College of Agriculture

Residence: Oroville, Calif.

Organizations: First vice president, California Cattlemen’s Association


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Cal Poly U-Pick Program

Written by: Caitlin Paulus 

The last time I went grocery shopping my heart sunk as I patiently waited for the cashier to ring up my items. Spinach $4, eggs $5, avocados $6, apples $5, chicken $10, oranges $6 — as my bill reached $50 I was hesitant to purchase what was left in my cart. There has to be a better way to do this, I thought to myself, as I swallowed my pride and spent $70 on enough food to only get me through the week. Luckily, the hard working students and faculty in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department have created a solution to the grocery store prices haunting many of us today. The Cal Poly U-Pick program gives students and community members alike the opportunity to pick fresh produce year round for discounted prices. Not only does the produce grown on campus rival what you could find in any grocery store, by purchasing it you can help support fellow Mustangs and Cal Poly agriculture as a whole.


Cal Poly students working at the U-Pick stand.

The U-Pick farm stand is located at the Crops Unit off of Highland Drive, and is open for business on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This unique experience allows for anyone who wishes to get outdoors to become truly involved in the farm-to-table lifestyle. The current varieties of fruits and vegetables available for purchase are strawberries, Eureka lemons, blood oranges, Susan avocados, and hydroponically grown tomatoes. This week’s featured item is Navel Oranges, which are currently available for only $1 per pound. If you are looking for more opportunities to buy fresh produce while saving money, Cal Poly’s products can also be purchased on Thursdays at the downtown Farmers’ Market from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays at the Madonna Farmers’ Market from 8 10:30 a.m. These two off-campus locations also offer organic produce, grown on Cal Poly’s 11-acre certified organic farm.


Professors taking advantage of Cal Poly’s U-Pick program.

For more up-to-date produce information, you can call the U-Pick hotline at (805) 756-6778, or visit the Horticulture and Crop Science Department’s Facebook page herePhotos courtesy of the Horticulture and Crop Science Department’s Facebook page.

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Cal Poly Students Master the Art of Discussion

Twenty minutes, four competitors, one question. In a single round of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet contest, competitors strive to display their agricultural knowledge and commitment to improving the industry.

In order to be successful one must perform a balancing act by presenting original and fact-based thoughts while helping to facilitate discussion in a cordial manner.

Over the past several days at the 2015 Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference, competitors from across California have aimed to do just this.


With four rounds in total, the topics of discussion ranged from strategies to expand and improve the American Farm Bureau Federation, to ways to determine liability in the case of food borne illness, to the pros and cons of government vs. private land ownership.

The competition took place this past weekend in Sacramento, Calif. It was conducted through a tournament structure with two preliminary rounds, narrowed down to the elite eight competitors, and eventually the final four. Student competitors came from three agriculture based colleges: Cal Poly, SLO; Fresno State University; Modesto Junior College.


Cal Poly was well represented by four individuals: agricultural communication junior Harrison Reilly, agricultural education major Riley Nilsen (elite eight), agricultural communication senior Ariana Joven, and agricultural communication junior Kenna Lewis.

In the end, the green and gold prevailed as Cal Poly took the first place team award. Ariana Joven was in the final four and received a $500 scholarship and Kenna Lewis was named the 2015 State Champion receiving a $1250 scholarship. Kenna will advance to the national competition at the AFBF Fusion conference in Kansas City, Missouri in February 2016.

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See what some of the Cal Poly team members enjoyed about the event and some tips they have for future competitors…

Ariana Joven

Favorite Part: Collaborating with other students about the issue at hand. Each round not only allowed me to share my knowledge, but it also opened my eyes to other perspectives I had not considered. Overall, it was a great learning experience!

Advice: One suggestion I have for future competitors is to begin researching far ahead of time and know your facts!

Harrison Reilly

Favorite Part: Getting the opportunity to meet fellow bright agricultural minds from across the state.

Advice: Practice is key. Make sure you understand the format of the competition and watch videos of discussion meets on YouTube.

Kenna Lewis

Favorite Part: It was fun to see students I competed with in high school, and see how much all of us have grown and improved. I was so impressed with how knowledgeable everyone was on a diverse array of topics.

Advice: Develop solutions and possible conversation structures for each question ahead of time. It helps frame the discussion and helps you remember your talking points.

Advice: Develop solutions and possible conversation structures for each question ahead of time. It helps frame the discussion and helps you remember your talking points.


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Brock Talk: Lifehacks from Leslie Friend, Past Editor

Written by Leslie Friend, Past Brock Center Associate

“My problem is, I’ve done so many things,” I said to her, “I’ve spent my academic career bouncing around, being ‘good enough’ at a little of everything, but never great at one thing. How do you figure out what you’re meant to do when, up to this point, the goal was to be ‘well-rounded’?” I sat back in my chair at Sally Loo’s while my best friend gave me a pep talk that could rival Kid President. But deep down this source of anxiety still loomed, pressing me to question my soon-to-be Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Agri Business. It was October of my senior year at Cal Poly and it seemed as though everyone around me was falling into their dream job while I—miss “do all the things”—was still without a plan following June 12, 2012.


Lifehack #1: Statistically speaking, that “dream job” will likely not happen right after you graduate. New graduates will change jobs within the first 1-3 years of their employment and hold roughly 11.3 jobs in their lifetime. It may take a while, and that’s okay.

I went back to the drawing board and leaned what I knew about myself, eliminating things I knew were not an option: I am passionate about pizza. Not helpful. I am passionate about agriculture. “Great,” I thought, “That narrows it down to a global-scaled multi-billion dollar industry.” I want to make an impact in the industry that I love and I want to work alongside others who want to do the same. And then I remembered Tom.

During one of my extra-curricular bouts, I worked as a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador with the National FFA Organization. Here I was exposed to industry leaders, one of which is the company I work for today, BASF. Tom Holt was the Director of Biology at the time and acted as our facilitator during our week of training in North Carolina. He spoke about the imprint BASF as a global chemical company had on agriculture and how they would be a catalyst in feeding the world. I remember listening to he and his colleagues discuss, so passionately, the importance of supporting growers and helping them get the most out of every acre they produce. I was sold. Naturally, as I volleyed between thoughts of being an artisan pizza maker or doing something in agriculture, I reached out to Tom.

Lifehack #2: The people you meet along the way, no matter if they’re a CEO, industry mogul, or a low-level guy in regulatory, are critical to your career success. Keep a digital rolodex with every contact you make throughout college and beyond. I promise it will change your course for the better.

Tom accepted my resume for their Professional Development Program (PDP), a program that allowed 18 months of extensive marketing and field sales training in US Crops for BASF North America. When I was offered the position in late November of my senior year, I had no metrics for this type of work. Aside from the phone number for a relocation specialist and the promise of a job in Raleigh, North Carolina, my understanding for the following 18 months was limited. Even so, it was a job after graduation and 18 months of training that would allow me to exercise different roles within a company. Toting a U-Haul packed to the brim with belongings, my Cal Poly Alumni sweatshirt, a GPS and, my mom, I made the 2,300 mile trek from California to North Carolina to begin my journey as a PDP.

At BASF I spent nine months in a marketing rotation in the heart of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. While there, I worked alongside the Channel Strategy team creating grower and distributor programs for the field, setting prices for BASF’s herbicide and fungicide products, facilitating technical training modules to our sales team and analyzing a lot of data. I also made lasting professional relationships and learned that, although a great experience, analytical marketing and price setting was not something I particularly enjoyed.

Nine months later, I was in the heart of Washington state, working with Yakima Valley apple growers to decrease the apple scab problem in their orchards. This was the field sales rotation of my program and the moment I learned that I am not just passionate about agriculture but also its producers. I spent most of my time traveling the Pacific Northwest, selling chemistry to growers and finding a myriad of solutions for the problems on their farm. Throughout both rotations, BASF routinely scheduled additional agronomic and leadership training sessions for the PDP’s, trusting this exposure would warrant us a well-rounded approach in becoming a long-term BASF employee. As I neared the conclusion of my 18 months as a PDP, I was offered a position as the Eastern North Carolina Business Representative where I service roughly 50 retail locations and 100 growers locally, still providing solutions on the farm.

What they won’t tell you is that the work place is not like building 10 on campus. What they also fail to mention is that meeting people your age with a lot of commonalities between you does not happen as easily in the real world as it does in college. Making friends is difficult; adapting to a brand new culture is equally hard; starting a new job is terrifying, especially if you aren’t sure it will necessarily “fit” you. But I promise you it is worth it. My time at BASF has often been a confusing maze working to figure out what I like and what positions actually speak to the skill set I’ve attained over the past 24 years. Experiencing a little bit of everything here and there has been, ironically, the single most critical step to figuring out where I want to be long-term in the agriculture industry.

Lifehack #3: Embrace trial and error in your career. You’ll come out of it as a stronger and better-rounded human, not to mention the adventures that will find you.

Pro Tip: Still learn how to make artisan pizzas. They go over great at company pot-lucks.

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