I will never forget the first FFA contest I participated in. It was my freshman year of high school and my advisor had talked me into competing in the creed speaking event. While I pride myself in the awards I received through this contest, when I look back I realize that it was the fear and anxiety that truly made a difference in my life. I was a shy and quiet fourteen-year-old with not much experience in public speaking. When I became aware that I would have to say five whole paragraphs out loud in front of judges, fear instantly came over me. I was scared to do something so unknown to me. Yet when I won my first creed speaking event, that fear turned into confidence.
I tell people FFA has changed my life because it turned so many of my negative feelings into positive ones. It turned my uncomfort into ease and my worrying into faith.
That doesn’t mean I still don’t get anxious when I try new things. Right now I’m in the process of running for FFA state office, and I’ll be honest, I’m scared to death. The interviews and nominating committee processes will be something new for me, something that will test the limits of my abilities as a leader. At the same time, I’m also excited and confident. I know that when it’s all said and done, this experience will again give me confidence and skills that I didn’t have before, preparing me for future endeavors.
I firmly believe that FFA is the cure to any shyness and anxiety. This organization is so unique in the way it equips students with premier leadership, personal growth, and career success, so much that they become confident and successful members of our world. If you don’t believe me, I urge you to try FFA for yourself and see just how much it can make a difference in your life.
Instead of Fear, Fret, and Anxiety, FFA for me now means Faith, Future, and Accomplishment.
Jessa from Agri_Graphics
Good luck in running for state office!
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