“Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those changes that would make all the difference.” – Mignon McLauglin

“In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.”
-Dr. Kathleen Hall

Each day we make numerous choices and decisions occasionally it takes us longer to understand the impact of a particular choice we make. Sometimes they are small like what you are going to wear for the day, where you are going to eat lunch, or how much homework you are going to finish tonight. Other times the decisions are a lot bigger like which college am I going to apply for, what I am going to major in, and where I am going to live, but If I would have made a different choice in the eighth grade, the choice to not be in Mrs. Van Allen’s agriculture class things would be so different. I would have never joined FFA so I never would have competed in CDEs or started my SAE. There’s no way I would have went to National FFA Convention or Washington Leadership Conference. I couldn’t have run for chapter office and I wouldn’t have made any of the friends or memories that I have. I have no idea what I would be passionate about, where I would be going to college or what I would be majoring in. It is so crazy to think about how different things would be if I hadn’t made that choice. Luckily, I did make the choice to join 8th-grade ag and FFA. I love every single memory and friend that I have made.
Friends are so important! I loved the friends I had in high school we were so close and we kind of had to be. There were only thirty people in my class and most of them had been in my class since preschool I miss those friends all the time. Once I started college I made really great friends very quickly and it was because of FFA. We are all connected by FFA and our passion for agriculture. We do almost everything together like hangout and watch movies together. Many of us in the friend group take some of the same classes and study with one another. When we get stressed out and overwhelmed we all come together and work it out.

I love the choices that I have made in life, but my two favorites are choosing to join ag my 8th-grade year and making the amazing friends that I have. Think about a single choice that has completely lead you down a different path in life. Are you happy with what path you are currently on? What is one of your favorite things about your friend group and when was the last time you let any of them know?

Miranda Depenbusch
Living to Serve