Things I Hear As A Female Ag Major

Things I Hear As A Female Ag Major

Over the past few years I've gotten some pretty interesting reactions when I tell people that I'm studying an agricultural major. A lot of their surprise or questions stems from the fact that I'm a woman going into what many still consider to be a man's field. Here are a handful of the things I've heard when people realize I'm a female Ag major.

"Really? I never would've guessed that!"

And I never would've guessed you'd say that! Except for by now I would. Some people really just have a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that yes I am indeed a girl going into AG.

"But you don't look like you'd be an AG major." 

There's two different people who say this; One who assume female Ag majors probably look like Daisy Duke or the other who assume we should be wearing ripped up jeans, old boots, a faded t shirt and a ball cap every day. While I may love my jeans and boots, I don't feel the need or want to be seen in them 24/7. 

"You're really just going for a Mrs. Degree, am I right?"

No, actually you're not right; you're very wrong. People love to assume I'm just spending all of this time and money to go to school to find a rich husband with lots of land and that I really just want to be a farmers wife. While I would love to end up with someone who shares the same passion for agriculture as I do, I did not chose my degree to find a man. 

"Are you sure that's really what you want to do?" 

If you suggest I go into nursing or teaching one more time I might scream. While there's nothing wrong with either of those things, they're not what I want to do, unless it's teaching Ag Ed, which is a very real and very popular Ag major. 

"Isn't that going to be really tough to get into after graduation?"

Today no matter what degree you go for you're going to have to work to get a job in that field after graduation and my major makes things no different. That doesn't mean I won't work as hard as it takes to get where I want to be one day.

"Well, you're going to be such a good farm wife one day!"

Didn't we just go over the fact that I'm not going to school for a Mrs. Degree, or to find a husband. Alright let me just take that one with a grain of salt and say thank you so you stop talking. 

This is just a small list of the things I've heard when I tell people about what I'm going to school for. Some of them make me laugh while others just make me shake my head. But despite anyone else's thoughts or assumptions, I am extremely proud to be a woman studying agriculture.

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