Post written by Taylor Dericco, Animal Science student.
The thought of participating in school clubs can be scary, full of questions such as “did I choose the right one?”, or “do I have enough time to do more than one club and still finish my homework?” While I can’t answer those questions for you, I can help you learn a bit more about a few of the agricultural clubs here on campus. And who knows, you might find that they’re the perfect way to de-stress and take your mind off all your schoolwork!
1. Alpha Zeta
Alpha Zeta is the co-ed, professional fraternity for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. For anyone interested in a career in agriculture or natural resources, this is one of the best resume builders you can find! The members of Alpha Zeta are involved in many of Cal Poly’s local events such as Open House and WOW week, but present ample opportunities to meet and work for the community as well. Alpha Zeta is the first and oldest collegiate society for agriculture, and members of the Cal Poly chapter continue to strive to become the future leaders of their industries.
2. Block and Bridle
The Block and Bridle club is an agriculture based club open to students of any major – agricultural or not! With a focus on livestock and ranching methods, members of this club have the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the agricultural industry by participating in field trips and other activities. In recent years, this club has toured large-scale operations such as Harris Ranch and Hearst Ranch to learn about their unique ranching styles and background, and have participated in school events such as Open House with their award winning tri-tip sandwiches.
3. Collegiate Future Farmers of America (CFFA)
Remember those days of blue corduroy jackets, working with animals, and serving the community? CFFA provides the opportunity for students to relive those memories and participate in similar activities throughout their college experience, while helping out local high school FFA members. This is a great addition to any resume, but more importantly an opportunity to develop your potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
4. Crops Club
Focusing on information related to the crop science major courses, this club is perfect for anyone interested in a career path that stems from Crop Science. Throughout the year, the Crops Club offers its members opportunities to socialize and network with professionals in many different aspects of the industry. You do not have to be a crop science major to join, however, as the club also participates in activities such as making and operating the corn maze in the Fall, going on a deep sea fishing trip, and providing Cal Poly grown pumpkins for Halloween carving!
Being a part of a club on campus gives you an opportunity to network and meet new people, and most clubs orient the focus of their meetings to what you are interested in. If you’re not sure whether the clubs above are what you’re looking for, don’t count out all clubs! The best option is to go to Week of Welcome Club Showcase at the beginning of the Fall Quarter, and stop at a few clubs that you might find interesting. With so many clubs offered at this school, there is guaranteed at least one club to peak your interest!