War Eagle Words Student News

September 2016

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Jake Patterson

By Caleb Hicks, Junior/Ag Communications

Jake PattersonWhen it comes to studying abroad and being involved, Jake Patterson has had world-class experiences.

Jake, a junior majoring in agronomy and soils/production, has been influenced by agriculture his entire life. From helping with his family’s agritourism business, Tate Farms, to joining the College of Agriculture family, he has always been connected to agriculture in some way.

Growing up in New Market, Alabama, Jake’s aspirations once ranged from astronaut to engineer and even marine biologist. However, when it was time for college, he knew agriculture was the right decision and chose his major through the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture.

Jake recently was awarded the Cross-Cultural Experience Scholarship from the American Society of Agronomy for his study abroad efforts to Yangling, China, and for possible future trips to other countries.

Jake says he is humbled to receive the award and has plans to continue his study abroad education.

“I feel extremely honored to know that I was one of four students to receive this award in the United States,” Jake says. “I am planning on traveling to other countries to study abroad. Who knows where I’ll be next.”

David Weaver, Auburn agronomy and soils professor and a mentor to Jake, administrated the trip to China and knows the scholarship Jake received will be used wisely.

“I really enjoyed having Jake on this trip to China,” Weaver says. “Seeing the experience through his eyes is such an inspiration to me and to other students. I know he is going to do well in anything he does in life.”

Along with involvement in the study abroad program, Jake is the student development chair for the college’s Ag Council, the vice president for the Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Club and a member of Young Farmers of Auburn University.

Since coming to the College of Agriculture, Jake has had many great experiences, but one that resonates in his mind was his first visit to the college.

“The first time I visited the College of Agriculture, it felt like I was home,” Jake says. “Everyone made me feel like I was part of the family here, and I want to continue on that welcoming feeling to other students who visit or are at Auburn. It’s definitely been one of the greatest experiences I have had here.”

Jake plans to continue his education after he receives his undergraduate degree by pursuing a master’s and then a Ph.D. He aspires to be a professor and researcher.

Jake knows the future of agriculture depends on students who are currently studying to be a part of the industry.

“The decisions and innovations we are making now will influence agriculture in the very near future,” Jake says. “We are the future feeders of the world, so we need to get the best education possible to be the best promoters and supporters of agriculture.”


Caleb Hicks is a junior studying agricultural communications and is originally from Ramer, Alabama. He is the Ag Council’s public relations chair, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow’s vice president and an Ag Ambassador, in addition to being the editor of War Eagle Words.