5 Helpful Tips for Greenhands
If you're a first year FFA member, you're probably both in pure amazement and flat out scared. I know I was. You're getting introduced to all new things within agriculture and National Blue and Corn Gold. Here are 10 tips to help you through your first year as an FFA member:
1.) Be Active
An active member is a happy member. The National FFA has over 25 CDEs (aka Career Development Events), so there is something for everyone's interests. Chapter meetings are another great way to be active. This is time when you can get to know you chapter officers and other members outside of the classroom.
2.) Ask Questions
In FFA, there is no such thing as a stupid question. In fact, we encourage it! Learning everything about FFA is a lot to handle all at once, but if you are in an "Introduction to Agriculture" class, the FFA portion helps a lot! There are so many papers for contest, and learning the lingo can take awhile, so don't be afraid to ask your chapter officers or advisor for help.
3.) Official Dress
Official Dress (or OD as the cool kids call it) is something that every member takes pride in. Your jacket is something you will treasure forever. It should only be worn in official FFA manor. Male official dress is button up white collared shirt with official FFA tie, black dress slacks, black dress shoes and official FFA jacket. Female official dress is button up white collared blouse with official FFA scarf, black dress skirt knee length, black or nude nylons, close toed heels and official FFA jacket. Make sure your jacket is zipped to the top with your tallywaker tucked in.
4.) Comfort Zone
You better leave your comfort zone at the door. Try something new during your first year as an FFA member, you never know - you might just enjoy it. If you don't like public speaking but you want to run for an office, try prepared public speaking.
5.) Conferences and Conventions
In FFA, you will have the opportunity to travel. Take that opportunity while you can - it will change your life, I promise. Just to mention a few: National Convention your state association's Convention, 212 conference for freshman and sophomores to gather and learn how to be the best leader you can be, FBYC Farm Bureau Youth conference for juniors to help figure out your future and to be a leader.
As you can see, FFA has a lot you offer, you you just have to let it. I hope this encourages you all to get out there and help promote FFA be an active leader and brighten the future.
Cover Photo Courtesy of Sidney Herald