Interned at Growing Agriculture Science Teachers (GAST)
Jenna Baker grew up working on her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in Leland, Illinois, which inspired her to become involved in her high school agricultural education and FFA programs. “And I never looked back!” she said.
Now, Jenna is studying to become a high school agricultural educator at the University of Illinois so she can offer life-changing experiences like the ones she had as a high school student. "Ag Ed and FFA exposed me to so many unique opportunities that developed my leadership skills and broadened my knowledge of agriculture," Jenna said. "I want to be able to give those same opportunities to students and to make a difference in their lives."
Jenna’s favorite thing about the Agricultural Education department at the University of Illinois is what she described as a small, family-like atmosphere within the large university. “The faculty and students all want to see each other succeed, and there are endless opportunities available for us to reach our goals,” she said. Her advice to students is: “Don’t be afraid to take risks! Do something that’s outside of your comfort zone – change is a good thing!”