An Open Letter to My FFA Advisor
To my advisor:
I see you. I see how hard you work: before the first bell, after the last. I see you on weekends when I am out with my friends.
The classroom shelves are stocked and shop is full of supplies. Supplies you’ve purchased on your own, nonetheless. I saw you caring for that student’s sick animal at the crack of dawn the week before county fair. Your example does not go unnoticed, because I see the blood you’ve bandaged, the sweat you’ve produced, and all of the tears you have wiped - (your own, as well as your students including mine).
You’re my “mom”/”dad” away from home.
You listen when I complain about getting up too early for a competition or stock show, although you woke up hours before to make sure others were prepared. I appreciate all of the times you let me vent about my personal life, and am forever grateful for the pep talks, cry sessions, and extra help with homework.
You’ve introduced me to the most important organization of my young life. You’ve not only been the reason for most of my success, but you’ve also lifted me up when I failed. You have shown me the many opportunities in FFA, beyond the classroom, and into the agricultural industry. You share the same passion as me, the passion for agriculture, and for educating the other students in our school, members of the community, and the general public about where our food comes from.
And lastly, thank you for making my high school experience something worth missing after graduation. My career choice, is because of your motivation, and constant love and support to make me strive for success. I will never forget what you taught me, of course I love what we learned in the classroom, but it is what you taught me after school hours, on road trips, and state conferences, that I will remember forever. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done, and all you will continue to do for not only myself, but the future of the agriculture industry.