Okla. FFA State Reporter Brooklan Light Recalls the Moment She was Inspired to Seek State OfficeThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:22:37 CDT
Oklahoma State University freshman and Reporter for the Oklahoma State FFA Association, Brooklan Light of Garber, Okla. took a moment Thursday, during the ongoing National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this week, to speak with Farm Director Ron Hays, for the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.
As an FFA member in high school, Light was very involved in FFA activities, primarily public speaking and showing both swine and goats, but also raised miniature Australian shepherds as well. Today, she attends classes in Stillwater, seeking a double-major in agricultural communication and plant and soil sciences.
She began her FFA career in the 8th grade but told Hays, it wasn't until her freshman year at the annual state convention that she realized what an opportunity she had to engage with fellow FFA members and truly succeed.
"The more I got involved, I just came to realize that it was something I was extremely passionate about," she recalled. "It's crazy, because if you had asked me back in the 7th or 8th grade what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, my answer probably would have been along the lines of, 'I want to play college basketball, or be a pro-basketball player or run track - be in the Olympics. It was crazy just to see the transition that has become of it. I realized this is where my passion lies and where my heart is."
National FFA Convention typically marks the halfway point in a state officer's term of service. So far, she insists she has had the time of her life, serving the members of the Oklahoma FFA Association.
"It's gone fantastic. It's honestly, I can say, without a doubt, been the best half-year of my life this far," she said. "I've loved every single second of it- getting to engage and see different members from the different parts and areas throughout all of the state."
During the National Convention this week, Light says she has been keeping busy, working closely with other FFA members in committees to strengthen and improve the policies of the organization.
"I never realized just how much (state officers) get to do with delegate work and the committees," Light admitted. "That's been fun for me, because I love politics and just being in that process has been a really neat experience."
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