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Caseelynn Johnston

Class of 2018
From Virginia, Illinois
Interned at Illinois Association FFA Intern, Early Education Tutor with America Reads-America Counts UIUC

Caseelynn Johnston grew up on a multi-generational Shorthorn and Angus beef cattle farm in West Central Illinois. As a 10-year 4-H member, Caseelynn exhibited cattle, pigs, chickens, rabbits and visual arts projects. She was also actively involved in her high school FFA chapter and completed her SAE by testing different factors to increase efficiency on her and her mother's hen operation. All of these agricultural experiences drew Caseelynn to seek a career in agriculture. “I have a passion for advocating for agriculture,” she said. “We live in a world that cannot recognize the importance of agriculture or the role that it plays in each of our lives. I want to dedicate my life to shedding light on all the beauties of agriculture as I pursue a career in Agricultural Education.”

Caseelynn transferred to the University of Illinois Agricultural Education Department from Lincoln Land Community College, where she served on the livestock evaluation team. Caseelynn said the friendly atmosphere in her classes helped make the transition and easy one. “There are so many traits that I already love about studying Agricultural Education at the U of I,” she said. “If I were to choose my favorite, I absolutely love how it feels like a big family.”

Caseelynn’s advice for students is: “Someone once told me, ‘’If you aren’t afraid of your dreams, you aren’t dreaming big enough.” This advice has stuck with me ever since. If you are afraid to do something or feel like you can’t, chances are you just need to believe in yourself, truly anything is possible if you don’t let fear get in your way.”