I'm Thankful to be An FFA Member
I’m thankful to be an FFA member. The word “thankful” by definition means “expressing gratitude and relief”. This time of year, with holidays quickly approaching, we hear this word more often and tend to think more about it’s meaning. We reminisce on things we are thankful for and express our thankfulness for them. Around Thanksgiving and harvest especially, I am thankful for agriculture, and for our farmers. They provide what I get to eat on Thanksgiving Day, along with every other day of the year. With my gratitude and appreciation for them also comes my thankfulness for the organization that brought me the passion and love I have for harvest, farmers, animals and all things Agriculture - FFA.
I’m thankful to be an FFA member because of the friends I have made along my journey. The ones from across my chapter, district, state and even nation. Friends who have the same values and goals as me, ones who encourage and push me to do my best at a competition, and the ones who are my shoulder to cry on when I need it. Friends who give me Godly advice, and ones who I will go to college and prepare for the rest of my life with.
I am thankful to be an FFA member due to the trips I’ve been able to travel on. Traveling to Louisville and Indianapolis twice are not opportunities every high schooler get to make. That’s not counting trips across my state for conventions and competitions. I’m thankful to have traveled miles and miles across our nation on a school bus to meet with other members and wear the blue and gold.
I am thankful to be an FFA member because of the leadership training. I’m thankful for the competitions I’ve been in, the ones won and the ones lost because they have all made me a better individual. I’m thankful I have the confidence to stand before a room of new recruits and give a presentation about why they should join FFA. FFA has given me these skills by teaching me leadership and work ethic through my SAEs, competitions and holding an officer position.
I am thankful to an FFA member because it means I am apart of something bigger. When I put on my FFA jacket and zip it up, I instantly belong to a family much larger than my own, what most call an FFAmily. I’m thankful to be an FFA member because of the memories it’s given me, from the first time I walked across the stage at state convention to sneaking a dog into the Fletcher Center at Arkansas FFA headquarters. This organization truly embodies the idea of “living to serve” from helping struggling farms to give over 2 million dollars in scholarships The National FFA Association truly lives to help others. These reasons and many many more and why I am thankful to be an FFA member.
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