Kevin Edwards Little River-Academy, Texas / 23 Biological and Agricultural Engineering MS, 2016, BS, 2014 Texas A&M University I’ve learned the power of helping people. Growing up, I was taught to lend a helping hand, but throughout my college years I really learned what this means. Through my work with student clubs, I’ve been able to help students at Texas A&M and beyond. In my intro bio/ag engineering class, I learned about several departmental student clubs. I was immediately intrigued by the 1/4 Scale Tractor team—the Aggie Pullers. I quickly got involved and became close to many upperclassman and faculty members. The family-like atmosphere of the bio/ag engineering department and degree program captured me. I knew this is where I belonged, to learn and to help. I served as president of the Aggie Pullers, and a week before the ASABE competition, a neighboring school (Lamar University) contacted me for a helping hand. They had a completed tractor, but funds had run out, and their team wasn’t going to make it to Peoria. We were able to fit the Lamar tractor into our trailer and haul it for them. It had been several years since Lamar had a team, and we were as honored to help as they were grateful. Each year since, Lamar has grown more competitive. However, the 1/4 Scale Tractor competition isn’t just about the prize—it’s about learning and pulling together. Ag/bio students face competition with other engineering disciplines, and some companies have never heard of ag/bio engineering. But companies that hire ag/bio students always come back for more. I ask students at recruiting events, “What field of study will always be there?” The answer is agriculture. It puts food on the table, clothes on our backs, and becomes more important every day. You won’t meet a more humble group who knows what it means to help out and not expect anything in return.
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