11 Ways Being An Ag Major Plants Your Seeds For Success

11 Ways Being An Ag Major Plants Your Seeds For Success

We might be that group of folks on campus that smell like cows with dirty jeans and boots, but we are gaining some incredible experiences that you won't find anywhere else.

Most people think that everyone has at least a similar college experience. Clubs, organizations, classes, sororities/fraternities, internships, etc. Most classes are held in a classroom or lecture hall with air conditioning and chairs. You sit there and listen to a lecture, take notes, watch videos and maybe, if you're lucky, get something that is a little hands on.

Of course everyone's classes will differ when you become a junior or senior, but for the most part, your college experience resembles everyone else's.

Not if you're an Ag major.

I can honestly say that being an Ag major means that your college experience might just be a little "out there."

Here are a few ways being an Ag major will make your college experience a little different, but will also plant the seed for a successful future.

1. Class is never the same two days in a row.

From milking dairy cows to artificial insemination, class is never the same. You might smell horrible and be covered in cow poop to your knees, but class will never be boring.

2. The types of people you meet are endless.

In a few short months since the semester started, I have met magazine editor's from Cattlemen's Association, Food Animal Veterinarians, Purina Feed Sales Reps, equine industry professionals, horse trainers, dairy operation managers — the list goes on. All of these encounters are helping me to mold and shape my career path, and may also be future jobs.

3. The internship opportunities are all over the place, and available always.

What feeds us as a society? Agriculture. This is an extremely huge industry! The companies in this industry are huge and all over the place. Most all of them offer internships, and even some paid.

4. The degree you are getting will take you places.

If you're looking to get a degree that will take you places, a degree that you can get a job in pretty much any state, or sometimes country, then Ag is for you. From range flock operations out west, to a chicken operation in the south, the jobs are all over.

5. There will never be a shortage of jobs in this industry.

You know why there will never be a shortage of jobs in this industry? Food. That juicy hamburger in the picture? That yummy Chick-fil-a? Every aspect of that animal being produced, born, taken care of, processed, packaged, and turned into that yummy food sitting on your plate was done by someone in the Ag industry. With a degree in this industry, you're guaranteeing your future.

6. We are like one big family.

We are a large group of people brought together by our love for this industry. We work together because that is what this industry is all about. We have a care for animals, crops, educating our youth, 4H, etc., and we all understand how important our future jobs will be to the whole world.

7. You will be a more educated individual.

If you never use your degree to work any job in this industry, I can promise you that you will use your degree in everyday life. When you go to the grocery store, you will truly understand what the labels in the meat department mean. You will know better than to believe the scare tactics spread by the media about our beef. You will be able to identify cattle correctly instead of just calling everything a cow. You will understand so much more about what you eat and the environment we live in.

8. You will have a greater understanding and appreciation of animals.

Have you ever thought that the animals in the above picture were just big and dumb and just stand there eating grass all day? Have you ever passed them on the side of the road and maybe never thought of them at all? I can promise you that after a few semesters as an Ag major, you will definitely give these animals a second look when you pass, and you will have a sense of appreciation for these animals that supply a large portion of the food supply for our entire world.

9. The variety of jobs that you can get with this degree is large.

My major is Animal and Dairy Science. Most might think that the only thing you can do with that degree is be a veterinarian. That is so far from true. The jobs for this degree include feedlot managers, equine researchers, animal pharmaceutical sales, feed company sells, nutritionist, and the list goes on. If animals are your passion, but you don't think vet school is for you, then you still have options to get a job in the field being around what you love.

10. You literally get to be around animals every day in class.

Who doesn't love animals??? I think all college students would be in a little bit better mood if going to class consisted of learning about and seeing super cute animals. From newly born calves and foals to cats and dogs at the vet school, we see it all. And it's part of school!

11. Our professors are a little out there, too... but that's what makes it more interesting.

We don't come into class and see a super smart, not very nice professor sitting at the front of the room, that speaks monotone the whole time about some boring topic. Our professors are relatable. Yes, very smart, but they have real-world experience in what we are interested in. They didn't just go to college and then come teach. Many of them worked at feedlots, in research laboratories, for food companies, etc before they came to teach. They might occasionally cancel class for a research project with embryo transfers in horses, or come to class smelling like a dairy barn with muck boots on covered in... well, muck. They are enthusiastic but tough.

I hope this gives y'all a little insight into why being an Ag major will give you a different college experience. It's coming to class in jeans and boots, it's learning real-world knowledge, it's appreciating the beings that feed us all, and it's becoming a better individual with a better future.

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I've had a job since 16, and my money life is thriving.

It's supposed to be funny when someone says "I'm a broke college student" but I think it's stupid. Here's my unpopular opinion.

I've had a job since I was 16. My first day of work was the first weekend after I started my sophomore year of high school. It wasn't too difficult- I was literally only working on Saturdays and Sundays. The shifts were 4-7:30/8 pm on Saturdays and 11-2:30 on Sundays. I wasn't making a huge amount of money, but it paid for my gas money, and that was all I needed. So the first year I had my job, I was spending any extra money I had on food, movie tickets, and clothes.

Then reality hit when I knew I needed to start saving up for college. I started putting money into my savings account, and eventually I had built up enough money to buy a new old car. I know, it wasn't college tuition, but I needed it.

My first year living in the dorms, I figured out a system. I was putting $150 each week in a savings envelope, and each month I knew I had to pay $160 for my car payment. The rest of the money I made I put in envelopes for a new purse, clothes, vacation. I had a system going, and I didn't spend extra money on useless things unless I was rewarding myself. In case you can't do the math, that's at least $600 in my savings account each month, and most people can't figure out how to put away $100.

Now, as a sophomore in college, I watch people trickle into class with to-go food, to-go coffee, smoothies, and candy from gas stations or the shops on campus. Then I hear those same people complain about being "a broke college student." I'm sorry, but you're not a broke college student. You're a college student who pays for things you don't need, with money you have that you shouldn't be spending. You don't need to get Starbucks 3 times a day. You don't have to go to pitcher night at the local bar. You don't need to spend money on those things, but you do. And at the end of the month, you're broke, and begging your parents for money.

So, in my unpopular opinion, you're not a broke college student. You're a dumb one. Make a budget, give yourself some spending money, and stick to it. You'll thank me later.

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1. Have a nice workspace/desk

I recently made this change and I feel 100% better.

2. Dress well

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This one paper has literally all of the due dates, test dates, readings and homework assignments on it. Make sure you always know where this paper is because you will be looking at it constantly, so don’t lose it.


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I’ve made a rule with myself to only do homework Monday to Friday. That’s because if I work super hard during the week on my work then I can have the weekends off as a mental break. There are a couple exceptions to my rule like if I have a 5-page essay due Monday then yes, I’ll work on it during the weekend or if I have tests coming up the next week then I’ll be studying.


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If you’re avoiding something, just get it done and over with. If you have a really difficult essay to write and then a bunch of easier assignments; start with the hard assignment first to get it done. It’ll take the most time and then you’ll feel relieved when you’re done with it.


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