Kaity Spangler’s dedication to the FFA blue and gold did not end when she graduated high school. She brought her passion along on her journey to the University of Illinois as an agricultural education student.
“The Agricultural Education program at U of I is small but mighty. We are a family of people who work together to make each other better,” Kaity says. “I enjoy being a part of the Ag Ed program because of the relationships that I have built. The people that I have grown close with during my time at the U of I will be the people I continue to work with throughout my career.”
Kaity’s involvement on campus goes above and beyond. She has been involved in the Agricultural Education Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate FFA, and Explore ACES planning committee, and she served as an intern for the Illinois Student Senate chief of staff. From coordinating and planning conferences to working with departmental staff on various projects, she keeps herself busy gaining hands-on experience for her future in agricultural education.
“I have been given the chance to take advantage of some incredible opportunities while at the University of Illinois,” Kaity says. “I know my collegiate story would not be the same without U of I, and as I move closer and closer to graduation and entering the workforce, I’m incredibly grateful for these opportunities.”
Building relationships with fellow students and her teachers gave Kaity a “small school feel” on such a large campus. The people she has met at the U of I have helped her personally and professionally, and they are what set the school above the rest in her eyes. She encourages current and future students to meet new people and build enduring relationships.
“Find a mentor. Find the person that you can look up to and aspire to be like. Ask for advice and give someone you admire the opportunity to help you become successful.”