During my internship last summer, I received one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given: “The biggest opportunities are often the ones you don’t see coming.”
Although I’m not typically one to believe in coincidences, Missouri Ruralist editor Mindy Ward reached out to me just a few days later to see if I would be interested in serving as the next College Farmer columnist. As you can imagine, it was an easy, “Yes!”
At the time, I was preparing to enter my senior year at the University of Missouri in Columbia. In January, I relocated to Stillwater, Okla., and transitioned into the roles of graduate student and teaching assistant at Oklahoma State University. What a difference a few months — and more than 400 miles away from home — can make.
I thought long and hard about the message I wanted to share in my last column. Suddenly, inspiration hit at just the right moment. I remembered a “credo” I wrote in my ethics in agricultural communications course this past semester.
For the assignment, my classmates and I were challenged to summarize our core beliefs into a short, but meaningful statement. Here’s mine:
If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s the agricultural industry keeps both you and I grounded and connected. As we grow and change, crops still grow, livestock still graze, equipment still runs, and life on a farm will continue to carry on. Above all else, I want to thank you for this opportunity to share my heart with you over the past few months — it’s one I will forever treasure.
Quinlan graduated from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources with a degree in agriculture education, communications and leadership. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Oklahoma State University. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.