12 Practical Life Skills I Gained From FFA

12 Practical Life Skills I Gained From FFA

All are very, very useful.

Being an FFA member was hands down one of my favorite things I did from high school into the start of my college career. Now as someone who at least attempts to be a professional, successfully functioning adult, I can see all of the things that I gained from my time in the blue jacket, some of these being skills I use very frequently. Here are just some of the very practical life skills I gained from FFA that still help me as an adult.

1. How to (hopefully) not trip on a stage

"One foot in front of the other, lift those feet up, make yourself look good, you've got this." At least you tell yourself that, unless your Sydney Snider, then technically you trip BEFORE the stage at least.

2. How to get dressed in a vehicle

And look dang good when you're done too. Look out world, here comes the blue jacket!

3. How to match shades of black

Because nothing is just black and you really hope your pants/skirt match your shoes, socks and pantyhose. Now there's off-black, jet black, true black, raven black, dark black...

4. How to tie a(n almost) perfect tie

Everyone in the chapter tried to learn and had their designated tie tying professional for any official dress occasion.

5. How to get multiple people in and out of a restaurant fast

"Y'all, we've got fifteen minutes for EVERYONE to order and be back on the bus. We will NOT be late."

6. How to remove/hide stains on a white shirt

May or not be tied closely to the point above but it's fine. Anyone got a Tide stick? No, okay move your tie a little to the left.

7. How to stockpile on pantyhose and black socks

Because they always either went missing or got a hole in them, which also then taught you...

8. All the tips and tricks to make pantyhose last

Spray them with hairspray right after you put your skirt on, it helps avoid runs. But if they happen, clear nail polish near the ends of it can prevent total disaster.

9. How to function on next to no sleep

10. How to pack for a trip (maybe last minute idk)

Yes, I've known we left for camp tomorrow the last two months but it's fine okay relax I'll pack in the morning.

11. How to (attempt to) read directions

I'm pretty sure we're supposed to take the next exit to the right! Oh, crud, we're going South...we need to go North...it's fine, scenic route!

12. How to navigate crowds quickly

Okay, we're supposed to be lined up on the other side of the convention center in...five minutes. Cool, let's go!

13. How to make the best out of every moment

The saddest part of being an FFA member is knowing your time doesn't last forever. So that's why you try out for that officer team, go for that contest, stay up just a little bit later laughing with your friends. And the memories made and the lessons learned along the way make every moment so worth it.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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An Ending Is A New Beginning

The end is just the beginning of a new story.


Endings are hard. They are bittersweet, and almost always painful; Whether it is the ending of a book, a movie, a beloved tv series, or a relationship.

Endings to me are the start of something new and fresh. There is a breath of fresh air to the closing of one door and the opening of another. From now on, my focus is on me and how I can best love myself. I want to be involved more in school activities and stay at school more weekends, rather than head home to see someone.

I have never taken time for myself. I always put others first, and there is never anything wrong with that, but it begins to weigh on a person when they neglect their own needs.

My new philosophy is that my happiness and my needs are going to come first. I put off what I needed for a long time in favor of someone else's needs. People often forget that their feelings matter too when they're in a relationship, and out their significant other above themselves. This ending for me is the absolute fresh start after a long almost three years where I put how I felt on the back burner in favor of someone else.

Now, it's my turn to start putting myself first and become an even better version of me.

Always make sure that you take care of yourself in every possible situation; Your health is the most important thing about you. If you don't take care of yourself before you try to take care of someone else, it will only end badly for both people involved.

Self-love and self-care are the most important things for a person, and my self-love is starting with growing out my hair, finishing out this second semester strong, and planning a beach trip for May with some of my favorite human beings.

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