Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds.” E.M. Tiffany said this in support of the agriculture industry and those involved, as well as her optimism for the future of agriculture. This future sits on the backs of those individuals dedicated to education and encouragement, which is what I will dedicate my life to. I chose to pursue graduate school so that I can complete a Masters of Agricultural Education and the credentials necessary to teach in a secondary education setting. My future will be spent educating high school students in the various sectors of the agriculture industry and encouraging them to be the next generation of agricultural industry innovators. Without education and encouragement, agriculture will never progress and problems will not be solved. With education and encouragement comes innovation and solution, the two components necessary for agriculture to grow and prosper.

The role of an educator is not one to be taken lightly; the challenge is unique. Educators are no longer just teachers. Educators are: Disciplinaries, interventionists, professionals, counselors, cheerleaders, upstanders, encouragers, and experts. Although this is an intimidating role to fill, it is one that I know I will find satisfaction in AND succeed in. Graduate school will properly prepare me for this feat, and will ultimately put me in a position to positively impact high school age students. Throughout my academic career, I have faced discouragement from various teachers and instructors. They expressed their dissatisfaction with choosing education as a career. I am not disheartened, and will do whatever it takes to reach my goal. I will be Mr. Jaquez, a high school agriculture teacher and influencer for the future generations of agriculture.

Michael from California
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo