Posted: June 14, 2016 6:33 AM
Alex Holman, an agriculture education major, loves the small campus and family atmosphere at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Holman hopes to finish his agriculture education degree and then return to Auburn, Georgia to teach high school or middle school students.
Q&A with Alex
What made you choose to attend UGA?
I chose to attend UGA Tifton because of the small class sizes. I’m from a small school and a small town in general. Going to a big school, like in Athens, scared me and the UGA Tifton Campus made me feel at home, because like I said, it’s small and has small class sizes. You get to know the community and it feels like a home.
How many times have you changed your major? What made you settle on your current major?
I have never changed my major. I have known what I wanted to do since my sophomore year of high school. My agriculture teacher played a big role in that. He was an excellent ag teacher, and he made me decide what field I wanted to pursue. What exposure did you have to agriculture before coming to CAES?I really didn’t have a whole lot. I raised some livestock for show back home. I have done a little home gardening, and that’s about it honestly. I came here and got a job on campus, and I get to do a lot more stuff now.
What's your favorite class and why?
I guess my favorite class was soils and hydrology because Dr. (Glen) Harris is a great professor and I learned a lot. Going into soils, I thought I would hate it because it’s learning about soils, but I actually really enjoyed it. He made it fun and I was able to learn a lot while enjoying the class.
Which CAES instructor has been most influential?
I would have to go with Dr. (Rochelle) Sapp because you learn a lot of wonderful leadership qualities from her. She makes you think outside the box, about things that you might have thought you knew a whole lot about, and you realize, ‘oh there’s other opinions and other facts’ that you would have never thought of if you didn’t talk to her.
What's the most interesting thing you've learned this year?
I would have to say the most interesting thing I’ve learned about was in aquaculture. I learned a lot about fish I never thought I would learn. I learned different feed requirements and not to ever stress the fish. That’s the main thing you learn in that class. There was a lot of great knowledge and it was very interesting to learn.
What's one thing you're always sure to take to class?
My binder, because I only carry around one binder. Everything is in this one binder, and it’s this big three-inch binder. Everything for all of my classes is in this one binder.
What's the coolest thing that has happened to you since coming to UGA Tifton?
I’d have to say getting an on campus job because I get to work with a researcher and get all of this valuable lab and field experience I would have never learned if it wasn’t for my on campus job. It’s great experience.
What's your favorite thing to do outside class?
Outside of class I really don’t do a whole lot. I guess just hanging out with my friends and playing with my dog. When I’m in class I don’t get to see her, so when I come home she’s always excited. Having my dog jump up and essentially give me a hug is always great.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I’m hoping to be back home, teaching at my old high school. If I’m not at the high school, I would love to be at the middle school with the new program. If there’s no openings back home, then maybe in surrounding counties or somewhere just teaching ag.
What is the best advice you have for incoming students?
I guess the best advice would be, be prepared, because if you’re entering here from a smaller university, they might have helped you out or babied you, but when you come here, you’re essentially an adult. You have a lot more responsibilities and it’s a lot for some people. But if you can be prepared for that and make sure you can handle the responsibility of this campus then you should be fine!
What's one thing about yourself that sets you apart from other students?
My work ethic. I have a pretty decent work ethic when it comes to important things.