Freshman Year

Coming to its End

This will be my last official blog according to the syllabus I was given at the beginning of the semester in my agriculture public relations class, however I am still undecided whether or not I will continue to blog on my own about my life and whatever else I choose.

So for this blog I decided that it would take entirely too long to sum up what this year of my life has meant to me, therefore I am just going to talk about three F’s, family, friends, and future.

My Family

My Family

My Family

There has been no other experience quite like leaving for college that has opened my eyes to how important my family is to me. With all the time away from home I began to realize how amazing my home really is. My home is where my mom and dad are, where my sisters are, where my memories are and where I became who I am today. This home was created by the two most amazing people I have ever had the privilege of being a daughter to, my parents. Here three hours away from them, I have had to learn to take care of myself. The only reason I was able to come into college with big ideas and a plan I wanted to follow was because my parents taught me how. And my sisters! Who would have thought that I have come to miss seeing their beautiful faces everyday, and who would have thought they had given me the strength to go out on my own. But they did and I know now that there isn’t anyone else in this world that I could trust and depend on to be there when I need those two girls most.

My sisters and I when we were youngsters

My sisters and I when we were youngsters

My sisters and I today

My sisters and I today

My Friends

I have met sooooooo many people here at MSU! But there are some of those that mean the world to me and I couldn’t have survived this first year without. The School of Agriculture brought so many new faces to me that shared my passion and right from the get go we had a connection. I am so glad to have me them and I know that when the summer is over we will all be able to pick right back up from where we left off. My sorority sisters! What can I say about them except that I am so proud to be a part of such a unique, smart, fun, caring group of women! We laughed together and cried together, and already I am so excited to my into the sorority house next semester. And I can’t forget my dorm buddies, for lack of a better way to describe them. They ROCK. Late night dinners and ice cream parties, along with stories of missing home and wanting to grow up. Living on campus, in a dorm was the best decision ever. Because of this I got to know girls that are completely different in myself, who are in different majors, clubs, and organizations. This where you learn the most about all the opportunities available because literally everyone is involved in something!

Friends in the Agriculture Department

Friends in the Agriculture Department

 

My girls! Ag Majors!

My girls! Ag Majors!

 

The Guys! Ag Majors

The Guys! Ag Majors

 

More Aggies

More Aggies

 

My Special Family <3

My Special Family ❤

 

Baby Doves Fall'12

Baby Doves Fall’12

 

Living in the dorms !! whoop whoop

Living in the dorms !! whoop whoop

Couldn’t Forget Him…

My boyfriend of three years and three months, Tanner. He has been there through every struggle and has always managed to make me happy during every hard time. I couldn’t have achieved what I have without him, he is my rock!

Tanner!

Tanner!

And Finally My Future 

This summer I will be moving back home and I will be working as an intern at a local vineyard and winery. I am very excited to be getting started with my career goals and I can not wait to see what next fall brings me!

Living to Serve

It’s a Family Thing

This is my cousin Kyle. He is a senior in high school getting ready to graduate and continue an already promising career serving in the United States military.

Kyle's senior pictures

Kyle’s senior picture

Kyle and I grew up in different states, me in Missouri and him in New Mexico, but throughout my entire life he has been one of my very best friends . Yes we are family and that made us close, but for Kyle and I we shared a passion for exploration and because of that we were connected at the hip whenever we got the chance to see each other.

I wanted to make this blog post about him because he is one of those people who has grown up showing amazing character and hasn’t ever asked for any kind of recognition. Always striving to do his best Kyle has maintained a can-do attitude and has worked hard to find his place in this world. Finally his hard work has paid off and Kyle has found his place, serving in the military.

Dressed in his uniform Kyle is smiling for real

Dressed in his uniform Kyle is smiling for real

As a member of his family of course I was worried about what my cousin had gotten himself into. He is a few months younger than I am so I always felt he was part of my responsibility, even though I was hundreds of miles away. But as one of his best friends I couldn’t be happier, more excited and maybe a little jealous of him! As soon as I got the chance to talk to him about this major life decision, I couldn’t get him to shut up about it! Even through the military lingo (half of which I did not understand at all) and random rants abut rankings I could see his passion. And because I saw the passion myself, I knew it was genuine.

Kyle being proud, even in black and white

Kyle being proud, even in black and white

I am SO proud of Kyle for everything he is and everything he will become. He has set some pretty high goals but I know he will reach every single one of them.

Thank you Kyle, for all the good times and for choosing the most noble and self sacrificing career imaginable.

All grown up together

All grown up together

Always smiling and looking good

Always smiling and looking good

Love

Bringing it to the Table Quotes

 

I wrote in a past post about the benefits of growing up on a farm and I gave my top 5 reasons and promised to go more in depth… Here will be my first post doing this. This post is all about Love; when I saw it, how I learned it, and how I was taught to show it.

Growing up on a farm for me, meant I didn’t have many neighbors. I grew up in a rural community, with acres of farm land, pastures, ponds and woods. Of course living in an area like that you might think it would be lonely, and at times it was but to me these were the times you could see love.

I saw it between my parents, who depended on each other. I saw it between mother and daughter and father and daughter. Then I saw it in my mothers eyes as she went to take care of the horses, when she brushed their manes and fed them hay. I could see it when my dad looked over his land and his family and his animals. I saw it in his eyes when he would bring home a new goat or chicken or turtle for my sisters and I to take care of. And I saw it in my sisters eyes when they ran around in a yard full of green grass, chasing after goats and hold kittens and playing with the dogs.

I grew in an environment full of love and I learned how to treat others and how to be there and take care of those whom I loved. As I got older I had responsibilities on the farm; watering the horses, filling up the bird feeder, walking show cattle. Within those responsibilities I learned fast that those animals and my family members were counting on me, and if I failed to carry out my jobs I would be letting them down. So I learned to enjoy everything I did, I was taught to be excited to walk the show cattle, to feel important because I was in charge of watering the horses. And because of all of that I learned how to love.

Now it’s a whole other story to be taught HOW to love, but I found that the best way to practice (before trying it out on actual people) was to practice showing love to all the animals on my farm. As a little girl you always go through falling in love, and the embarrassing moments when you share your love to someone you doesn’t deserve it. But the plus side to living on a farm is you have space to run and hide, to evaluate your feelings and you have animals to cuddle or talk to about your problems because that kind of love doesn’t go away. Those bonds are unbreakable and they gave me the courage to stop hiding, to get over it and to share my love with the people in my life who would love me back.

I can’t say that I wouldn’t know all of those things if I grew up in a city or even a town, but I can say that my ability to love is one of my greatest and strongest qualities. Here in the present I have an amazing family that loves me, I am in a strong long distance relationship, and I am surrounded with honest, happy and caring friends. All of these people in my life deserve my love and because I grew up on a farm and experienced it had role models to show me, I know I can love them!!

Farm Life

Today I wold like to blog about the benefits to growing up on a farm, and how it has contributed to the person I am today.

I was raised on a farm about 15 minutes from the closest town and 30 minutes from an actual city. All my life I was able to enjoy the many wonderful things about living in a rural community; no neighbors within walking distance, plenty of open space to run around in, animals to play with, and stars to light up the sky at night.

But I will have to say the greatest thing about living on a farm would be the strong family bonds that are created. My family is the center of my world and I owe all my successes in life to the support that comes from home. Now living in a college dorm in the middle of a busy city I have come to appreciate all the lessons I learned on the farm and can say they have made me into the individual I am today.

I am going to list the five most important things living on a farm has given me, and feel free to comment on any one of them.

1) Love

My ability to love was shaped on the farm. I got to experience the love between a family, the love between humans and animals, and the love within a community.

2) Passion

My passion for agriculture started on the farm and has now grown to include many different types of agriculture. Such as production agriculture, industrial agriculture, crop agriculture, agricultural communications, and many agricultural organizations.

3) Room to Grow

On a farm mistakes are going to happen. When growing up in life mistakes are going to happen, but on a farm the mistakes can turn into life lessons.

4) A Home

My farm is my home, and the people and animals are my family. They are what is familiar, what is comforting and what I am proud of.

5) Way of Life

Farming is not just a way of life for the farmer, but for all of us. Everyone who eats, wears clothes, gets gas,  and has a home. Without those who farm, we would al be in trouble.

 

These were just a few main points that I will be expanding on in the near future, so stay tuned if you are interested in hearing the real details!

National Rituals Week

Sigma Kappa Sorority 

I am a proud member of the Sigma Kappa Greek Sorority here at Missouri State University.

This sisterhood means the world to me and I couldn’t be more proud of all the amazing women that make up our Delta Upsilon Chapter.

This blog post is for them, the Greek society and for anyone who shares and believes in the following values.

Happy National Rituals Week!!

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Please start off the week simply:

  • Act with love in all we think, say and do.
  • Be elder sisters and set a good example.
  • Cherish and hold lovingly in your heart our Sorority, our friendship, our sisterhood.
  • Do the best you can with what you have. You are enough just as you are. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone else…or even yourself.
  • Founders Rule. If our founders were there to see you, would she be proud? Do the right thing.
  • Guidelines. At all times. Even as alumnae we need to remember that we have pledged to follow the guidelines. It certainly doesn’t mean we like them or even that we agree with them, just that we will follow them. If we don’t like them, we can work to help change them.
  • Look inward first. Ed King, in Secret Thoughts of a Ritual said, “Because I am a system of values I am therefore an instrument of self-evaluation.”
  • Love all our sisters. “We are not in a sorority to decide whom we can like; one of the things we are here for is to love the friends of our friends. If a candidate is dear to a sister that fact should make us desire her if we can. If it does not the fault may be in us, not in her.” (Stella Perry, 1913)
  • Remember that we have two ears to listen and one mouth to speak. We don’t always have to be the one with the answers. Sometimes, those who speak least are deemed wisest.
  • Serve with humility, which isn’t the same as martyrdom (exaggerated suffering).
  • Stand up for yourself. People can’t walk over you like a welcome mat unless you lie down.
  • Use the values and teachings from our Ritual in all your personal relationships to help understand others and be more productive.
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated and treat yourself the way your Sigma Kappa sisters would treat you.
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My beautiful mother and I sharing a day together with my sorority sister and their moms!

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This is a picture from Bid Day. This day that I was invited to become a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority!

About Me

farmgirl raised

Past:

My name is Alyssa Cassidy and I grew up on a small farm outside of Columbia, Missouri. On my family farm we grow corn, soybeans, pumpkins, and we also have a few quarter horses. My mother is a schoolteacher, my father works for Missouri Farm Bureau and I have two sisters. I grew up in a small rural community where it was not uncommon to get stuck constantly behind a tractor on our roads.

Throughout my childhood I was around agriculture, I took it for granted that every little girl got to see cows, cornfields and tractors at least once a day. However it wasn’t until I started high school and I became a member of my local FFA Chapter, that I started to understand the agriculture industry and the reality that the life I lived was uncommon and unknown to many people throughout the United States. It was during my high school career that I found a passion for agriculture, and I intend to follow it for the rest of my life.

Present:

As I mentioned I followed my passion, to Missouri State University and their Department of Agriculture. I am a freshmen majoring in Agriculture Business, with plans to obtain my masters in viticulture. Now just starting my second semester of college I am happy to be a member of the Sigma Kappa Greek Sorority, Centennial Leaders Scholarship Program, Colligate Farm Bureau, and Colligate FFA.

Future:

My future goals are to graduate will a degree in Agriculture Business, and a masters in Viticulture. After graduating I would like to travel around the world to different vineyards and wineries to learn more about the global wine and grape industry. Then finally my plans are to come back to the U.S. and start my own wine and grape production in a small community. When here I would like to create an agriculture tourism program and teach people about the industry I love.

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