Posted: June 12, 2016 12:23 PM
Morgan Watt has known since middle school that she would one day be an agriculture teacher. This Perry, Georgia native doesn’t let the heavy workload of classes bring her down. Instead, she looks at it as a way of preparing her to be the best agriculture teacher she can be.
Interview with Morgan
What made you choose to attend UGA?
It’s always been my plan. It’s just been there from the start.
How many times have you changed your major?
None. I’ve had this in my mind since the seventh grade.
What exposure did you have to agriculture before coming to CAES?
I was in FFA starting in sixth grade and all throughout middle school and high school. We also have a family farm.
What’s your favorite class and why?
One that I didn’t know was going to be my favorite class is my entomology class. And now that it’s over and done with, I play with bugs all the time. It was very unlikely, now I know that bug is a “such and such” or this one is a “such and such.”
Which CAES instructor do you value the most or has been the most influential?
Dr. (Amber) Rice. I have three classes with her, or maybe even four. She cares for us and I like her a lot as a teacher.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this year?
Probably that my life next year as an agriculture teacher is not going to change from how my life is this year as a teacher-prep student. The workload they’ve given us this year is going to be the same workload that we’re going to have when we’re going to be teachers. It’s literally the prep part.
What’s one thing you’re always sure to take to class?
My water bottle. That’s always with me. I can live without my phone, but my water bottle has got to be with me.
What is the coolest thing that’s happened to you at UGA?
Last semester we went out to lunch with Kay Kelsey, and she always suggests helium-filled balloons. She sucked the helium out and we all sang, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” while she had a little squeaky voice, so that was strange but cool.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of class?
I like watching Grey’s Anatomy when I have time and sitting on my front porch doing homework. It’s really relaxing.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Married, hopefully. That’s in the process; two years. I see myself teaching, definitely, within the next year. I want to teach elementary school agriculture. They’re trying to adopt new elementary agriculture programs. It’s not really common but I want to see how common we can get it.
Best advice for incoming students?
Get involved with everything. If chances come your way, take those chances. Keep yourself busy, but also maintain your class work. If you go to any college campus, you need to maintain your classwork, but we have so many opportunities here that you wouldn’t get on any other college campus.
What is the one thing about yourself that sets you apart from other students?
I think I have a positive attitude about a majority of things. I’m always trying to look on the brighter side. I don’t look at it as being so much work; I look at it as this is what we’re going to have to do when we get out of school so this is the whole teacher-prep side of the work.