GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Nora Jahn works at BP in Spring Valley as her supervised agriculture experience (SAE).
GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Nora Jahn works at BP in Spring Valley as her supervised agriculture experience (SAE).
“FFA helps me learn and get excited about learning new things,” remarked Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA member Nora Jahn, a Kingsland sophomore who has been part of the chapter for three years. “I joined because I heard about how fun it was and how much I could learn about new things.”

What she never expected about the agriculture-based organization is how it would make her more extroverted.

“FFA has taught me about trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone,” said Jahn. “My supervised agriculture experience (SAE) would be working at Fowler’s BP, and working at BP has made me less shy and quiet around other people…FFA builds leadership skills and helps people come out of their comfort zones.”

She’s found that she’s now more likely to take on endeavors that she might not have considered before. She has been on a few committees, and has gone to region and state competition for floriculture.

She also likes going to career development event (CDE) competitions with her team. FFA has taken her to the University of Minnesota and shown her around their ag programs.

If she could start her FFA career over again, she’d take more chances with it. “I would have tried for an officer position for this year instead of next year,” Jahn admitted, sharing her plans for her upcoming year as a continuing FFA member.

Her plans after graduation will find her in college, though she’s not certain where just yet, and she’s still giving her career itself some thought.

“I haven’t thought about it very much, but I have thought about teaching,” she said. “FFA makes my education better by teaching me proper ways to help better my knowledge.”

Her overall view of the program: “FFA is a big organization that shows leadership, is educational and is a fun organization to be a part of.”