The Auburn University College of Agriculture has roots dating back to 1872 with the establishment of the land-grant university, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College. Though sometimes misunderstood, the College of Agriculture has been a vital part of improving the agricultural sector in the state of Alabama. In addition to facilitating research to improve nutrition, health, standard of living, farming practices and food safety, the College of Ag is offering students a quality degree and equipping them for a successful future. Here are some things upper classmen wish they had known about the College of Agriculture.
1. Opportunities with a degree in agriculture are widespread.
Brady Peek, a senior in Agronomy and Soils said employment opportunities in the agricultural sector are virtually endless. With production agriculture on the rise as a result of a rapidly growing population, chemical and seed representatives, agricultural lenders, communications and public relations professionals and many more are desired in the trade.
“An agricultural degree doesn’t bind you to the farm,” Peek said. “The opportunities are endless when you pursue agricultural knowledge. It is a multifaceted process that requires many people with many skills working together in order to be successful.”
2. The College of Agriculture provides a two-part educational experience.
“The College of Ag is committed to exceeding expectations in the classroom,” she said. “We are provided a quality classroom experience that is enhanced by hands-on activities, but we are also encouraged to attend conferences for personal development.”
Sellers attended an Agricultural Marketing and Photography workshop put on by Ranch House Designs in Fort Worth, Texas, along with two other agricultural communications students.
3. The College of Agriculture does important, applicable research.
Auburn’s College of Ag is deeply involved in research efforts in the state of Alabama. Many Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals work together with Auburn faculty to develop a safer, more abundant food supply, increase crop yields and create more opportunities for producers to be successful in their field.
Biosystems Engineering senior, Zachary Lee said when he came to Auburn, he didn’t realize the widespread effects Auburn research has on agriculture in the state of Alabama.
“The statistics speak for themselves, but to experience the research and contributions that the Auburn University College of Ag provides to the state is a different level of understanding of the interdependent relationship that benefits so many people,” Lee said.
4. Some of the majors are dually housed within the university.
Several degrees offered by the College of Agriculture are shared with other programs. Students in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications take ag classes and classes in the College of Education and the School of Communication and Journalism, respectively.
Junior Ag Ed major, Amanda Williams, said it has allowed her the best of both worlds.
“Because I am an ag education major, I take classes in the College of Ag and the College of Education,” she said. “This has given me the opportunity to have quality education training, while still taking ag classes and benefitting from the professors in the College of Ag.”
5. The College of Agriculture can broaden your perspectives.
Senior Agronomy and Soils major Noel Welch said his experiences in the College of Agriculture have helped him differentiate between agriculture and industry.
“Coming to Auburn has given me a new perspective,” Welch said. “Before my time here, the difference between agriculture and industry was hard for me to determine. While agriculture and industry work hand-in-hand, they are not the same."
6. Studying in college is much different than studying in high school.
Turfgrass Management senior, Matthew Golson, said he noted the difference between high school study methods and collegiate study methods.
“In high school, students learn general methods of learning,” Golson said. “In college, the most important things students learn are their own specific learning methods.”
7. The College of Agriculture is a family atmosphere.
There are few other places on campus where students find professors offer up their time away from campus to develop students’ skills. The College of Agriculture is one of those places. With caring and knowledgeable faculty and staff, there is always someone willing to find an answer.
Agricultural Communications senior, Codie Rose Smith said her Auburn experience is full of times when her instructors took time to help her succeed.
“The College of Agriculture has a family atmosphere,” Smith said. “Every College of Ag student could give you an example of a professor going above their responsibilities to equip us for a successful future.”
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