When I was in high school, I had to take one of those career assessment aptitude tests that ask a hundred or so questions about your likes and dislikes and return a judgment about what line of work would best suit you.
I need to preface this by telling you that I was raised in Queens, a city girl through and through. At the time, I thought maybe I'd become a radio disc jockey. So you can imagine how I roared with incredulous laughter when the test results advised me to seek a career in agriculture.
Me? On a farm? Oh, my friends got a lot of mileage out of that one. Fast forward, and here I am, a master gardener and your humble garden columnist. Maybe that test knew me better than I knew myself.
If you're at that stage where you're trying to figure out what to do with your life -- regardless of whether you wear overalls or not, you might want to consider applying for a New York Farm Bureau's Agricultural Youth Scholarship. All you have to do is write an essay answering the question, "If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?"
All high school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in the field are eligible to apply for one of three awards: $1,500 for first place, $1,200 for second and $1,000 for third place. The first-place winner will be invited to present his or her essay at a NYFB spring event.
Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures).
The application submission deadline is November 19, 2010. To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request information or an application, call 800-342-4143 or visit www.nyfb.org, under Farm Essentials.