STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Shelby Windham
BY CALEB HICKS, JUNIOR/AG COMMUNICATIONS
Telling the truth and educating others about agriculture are the two driving forces behind Shelby Windham’s passion to pursue a degree in agrisciene education.
The Ariton, Alabama, native knew she wanted to mold the minds of up-and-coming students about the agriculture industry in just the eleventh grade.
Having been involved with the FFA program on the local, district and state levels herself, Shelby was inspired to one day give students a new perspective of the industry.
“After I was elected as state treasurer during my senior year of high school, I fell even more in love with the FFA program, ag teachers and the students they benefit,” Shelby says. “Being able to teach students a trade then guide them is what keeps me motivated in my field.”
Besides being raised on a cattle and poultry farm in northern Dale County, Shelby began her involvement in agriculture as a 4-H member and has been showing cows since she was nine years old. She says joining FFA and eventually coming to Auburn “was the next thing to do.”
“I always knew I’d come to Auburn, but I just didn’t know when that would happen,” Shelby says. “I was lucky to come as a freshman. I feel like it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made this far in my life and have loved every bit of it.”
When Shelby began classes at Auburn, she brought her go-getter charisma with her as she continued involvement in FFA. She is currently Auburn’s collegiate chapter president, Auburn University Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen secretary, an ag education ambassador, and she is involved in the Auburn University Landscape and Nursery Association.
She says getting involved in clubs and organizations on campus is one of her favorite things about Auburn.
“The experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve been able to meet through my involvement on Ag Hill have come with so much value,” Shelby says. “I know that many of these experiences will go with me throughout my career and the rest of my life.”
As an agriscience education major, she will one day have the privilege to educate middle and high school students, but also students currently enrolled in college through on-campus events.
“I love to talk to others about agriculture, especially if they may not know much about the industry,” Shelby says. “It just gives me chill bumps thinking about it and makes me proud that I’m able to be an advocate for our industry.”