5 Things I Wish I Would Have Done as a New FFA Member
A Greenhand is any first year FFA member - choosing FFA is an awesome way to your high school years even more memorable. A member's Greenhand year is when you really get to learn what FFA is all about. You will make memories that will last for the rest of your life. I am currently a senior and for three years, I have been saying I wish I could go back to my greenhand year. It has been my absolute favorite year of school, but there are some things I wished I had done.
1. Picked A CDE
I know sometimes things take trial and error, but my first year I got thrown into the wrong Career Development Event (CDE) and ended up hating it. I wish I would have looked into my options and found something I truly enjoyed. It would have been much more beneficial for my future in CDE performance.
2. Bonded with older members
I come from a very small school, so I knew every kid in my chapter, but I wasn't very close to any of them. I spent my whole first year with the members of my Opening Closing Ceremonies team, and only one senior! When I ran for office the next year it was harder for me because the older officers had already bonded. But, when we became closer they had tips on everything from official dress and National Convention to preparing for a CDE. As a more experienced and older FFA member I can assure you, we want to help the younger members.
3. Started my SAE
A Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is designed by you and your ag advisor to help you find something you will be interested in. This could be anything from starting a business, raising chickens, or even managing a greenhouse. You need to track hours and money you spend throughout your project. Get a jump start early on it. It will be so much easier when applying for degrees later if you already have everything in line - you will not regret it. Plus, starting early gives you time to make any changes you need to before you get in too deep.
4. Attended more events
I wished I would have just jumped in head first and attended every trip I could. While I did go to almost every convention and conference I could, there are still so many more I should have gone. Talk to your advisor and see what your state offers!
5. Taken more pictures
This is true for every year of FFA. While the advisor is always trying to snap pictures, make sure you take some of your own. I realized recently I do not have many pictures from my first National Convention and I really wish I had some. There's a lot of things you will forget if you don't have a picture to look back and see, so make sure to enjoy the moment, but snap a few pictures to remember them by!
Cover Photo Courtesy of National FFA Organization