By Gwendolyn Fruehauf, SGI Student Reporter
Many students in high school are indecisive, continually asking themselves questions to which they do not know the answers. What career will I pursue? What do I want my future to look like?
They want nothing more than to know—know what they want to do for the rest of their lives. But how do you find a pearl in a sea of sand?
The journey to finding a passion is never easy, because there are no short cuts. To discover, you must explore. And to explore, you must drive – not across – but rather, through the map. Familiarize and understand your options.
Springville Griffith Institute High School opens the back roads for exploration by providing students with an opportunity to take agriculture classes. But the big question is whether students will turn or continue heading on a straight path, ignoring the possibilities that pass them by.
Agriculture is commonly associated with farming, as these two words are often used interchangeably. Due to this connection, students may be quick to put aside taking an agriculture class if they are not interested in farming. However, it may not occur to students that agriculture reaches beyond growing crops and raising livestock.
Mr. Busekist, the agriculture teacher at SGI High School, explained the various career opportunities in the field.
“There are careers from agriculture law to farm workers and everything in between,” he said. “Right now, a lot of the jobs are in Food Science and in Sales and Marketing because you’re not only selling to the farmers; you may also be taking stuff from the farmers and selling it to somebody else. About 18 percent of the whole U.S. workforce works in agriculture in one way or another.”
If this eye-opening fact does not convince students to take an agriculture class, there are many other benefits to these experiences that could.
When asked to explain how agriculture classes will help students in the future, Busekist said, “It certainly can get them a career. If they find that agriculture is their interest, there is no way they can’t get a job.”
With a newfound curiosity of the agriculture department, students can begin to decide which class they would be interested in taking. Their options include Introduction to Agriculture, Animal Science, Vet Science, Large Animal Care, Small Animal Care, Introduction to Horticulture, Floral and Landscape Design, Greenhouse Management, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Agriculture Business, Sales and Marketing, Food Science, and Agriculture Construction.
Each agriculture elective is different, but these classes can be grouped into two main sections: Animal Science and Plant Science.
“All the plant science classes spend some time in the greenhouse or in the gardens and all the animal science classes, at some point, do something with an animal,” Busekist said, describing the daily activities of his students.
Learning agriculture does not only pertain to a future career. It also helps in other aspects of life.
Dustin Folts, a tenth grader at SGI, spelled this out, saying, “It helps me keep my drive to move on with life and to be inspired with my job.”
As with many other decisions you make throughout your life, you may come to love the experiences that happen as a result of these decisions. Busekist explained that he thinks students enjoy taking agriculture classes because a lot of what they do in class is hands-on.
At the conclusion of his interview, Folts took a moment to encourage students to take an agriculture class next year. “It’s a great experience,” he said. “If you love animals, you should try it.”
Students should see their Guidance Counselor or Mr. Busekist with any questions about these courses.