I Can Still Wear Sparkly Shoes and Be An Ag Major

I Can Still Wear Sparkly Shoes and Be An Ag Major

You’ve seen the quizzes and articles on the internet: “What your college major says about you” or “What the college majors are as dogs”. People tend to have a certain idea or stereotype about what students in these majors look like, talk like or act like. But what happens when a student does not fit the mold or the stereotype? They sometimes get their clothing criticized.

I am a proud agriculture major, but when people find out my major, they are shocked. Typical responses go along the lines of, “Oh, really? That’s interesting.” or “I would have never guessed”. One of the most interesting conversations and reactions involved my choice of footwear. Recently while sitting at lunch with some classmates, I was asked what my major was. After replying with agriculture business, they were stunned. “There’s no way that you’re an ag major, you’re wearing sparkly shoes.” I was taken back by the statement. What do my shoes have to do with my major? Wearing sparkly sandals or high heels has little to do with my passion and love for agriculture. Plus, who says that sparkly shoes can’t help me advocate for agriculture? They can give me the confidence to speak to people, allow me to put my best foot forward, and stand out amongst the crowd. While I have never attempted, I’m sure I would still be capable of driving a tractor, feeding cattle, or hauling hay.

No matter what shoes I’m wearing, I am always willing to advocate for agriculture. Isn’t the most important part of agriculture wanting to provide resources and feed the world? Who cares what shoes someone wearing when the common goal is something bigger? While I may not look like your average ag major (is there even such thing?) I won’t let that stop me from achieving my goals in the field and working to help farmers, love cows and feed the world. So whatever shoes you choose to wear, heels, boots, sneakers, Chaco’s, or no shoes at all, as long as you’re following your dreams and making a difference, wear what you want.

 

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