Posted: December 16, 2016 3:30 PM
Attending the UGA Tifton Campus is a dream come true for Josh Odom. Odom also wanted to attend UGA and is getting his wish, while pursuing a degree in Ag education. Odom is learning something new every day and is very complimentary of UGA Tifton's world-renowned scientists.
Q&A with Josh
What made you choose to attend UGA?
I always wanted to come to UGA. It's a great school and a great opportunity for networking. It's something I've wanted to be a part of my entire life.
How many times have you changed your major? What made you settle on your current major?
Ag education is my major. I changed from animal science. I had about 10 different people tell me that I'd be a good agriculture teacher. That's what I felt like I should do.
What exposure did you have to agriculture before coming to CAES?
I grew up on a farm. Many generations of my family have been farmers. I've been around agriculture my entire life.
What's your favorite class and why?
My soils and hydrology class is my favorite class because of the teacher. Dr. Harris is a great teacher. He's hilarious, and he makes the class worth my while.
Which CAES instructor has been most influential?
Dr. (Jason) Peake has been the most influential person I've met at UGA. He's helped me a lot so far, and I know he will in the future. He's a great leader, and I've already felt his influence during my two years here.
What's the most interesting thing you've learned this year?
The most interesting thing I've learned is that no matter where you're from, you're welcome here. It's something you see throughout the campus. The teachers here are pretty much the best there is. There's new subject matter every day. It's not something that was learned four years ago and just now taught today. It's something the professors are actively working on. It's hard to narrow it down when there's so much going on here."
What's one thing you're always sure to take to class?
I always try my hardest to take a pean and some paper. I'm really bad about forgetting stuff in my vehicle, so I try my hardest to bring those with me.
What's the coolest thing that has happened to you since coming to UGA Tifton?
Becoming an ambassador. It's a really awesome, family experience. Being able to represent the college is one of the best things that's happened to me here so far.
What's your favorite thing to do outside class?
Spend time with my friends. I have a lot of friends here in town, and we like to learn more about each other and have fun.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully in seminary school or graduating from seminary school. A big call in my life is to be a pastor. It takes around three years to go through seminary school. Agricultural education can be used in every walk of life. It will prepare me to teach and help people. A lot of times, especially in a church community, you need to be there for others. Through agricultural education, I can be there for people on many levels. Another option is to be bi-vocational and become an agriculture teacher as well as a pastor.
What is the best advice you have for incoming students?
Get connected. It's rough when you don't have anyone to connect with at a school, especially if you're going to a new place. We're like a family. People here will conect with you and be your friend. You just have to step out of your shell.
What is one thing about yourself that sets you apart from other students?
One thing I know I do a lot more than other people is being spontaneous and doing random things at random times. I try to think in different ways than everybody else when trying to solve problems.