Set Fast Pace in Race to Success
Stephanie Goode Shares Typical Day With Us
Class at 8:00. Student Council meeting. Another class. Meet with
fellow students. Meet with professor. Squeeze in some homework.
Another class. Grab some lunch. Another meeting. Library, computer,
cell phone, more homework. And oh yes, work at the part-time job.
the world of todays agriculture student welcome to
a typical day in the life of Stephanie Goode, University of Kentucky
junior majoring in agricultural education. My
day is pretty jam packed, said Goode, who credits her high
school affiliation with the Institute for Future Agriculture Leaders
(IFAL) for introducing her to UKs ag program. I
hadnt really thought about coming to IFAL at UK, but just
by chance I did and I fell in love with the campus, she
from her parents, loans, and a part-time job, Goode is earning
her education in the truest sense of the word. Since starting
at UK she has worked one or two jobs per semester, including one
in the Department of Agricultural Economics.
that job and others Ive learned time-management skills,
which play a big part in todays world, she said.
She also received a scholarship from the College of Agriculture.
The College has been very supportive, she said.
Goode usually takes between 15 and 17 credit hours per semester.
Her classes typically start each day at either 8:00 a.m. or 9:00
a.m. and run until noon. After class she goes to work at a local
tanning business, where she puts in 20 to 30 hours a week. Typically,
she will have one or two meetings a week with either the Agriculture
Ambassadors group (representatives made up of the Colleges
best students) or CERES, the womens ag fraternity.
And where does the energy come from to maintain such a demanding
to go to the gym at least two or three times a week, said
Goode. I also try to eat healthy foods and avoid junkfood.
represents, in many ways, the ag student of the new millennium
bright, energetic, and able to balance the incredibly complex
time demands on todays student. But despite the hectic pace
brought about by modern technology and lifestyles, she says one
thing about being a College of Agriculture student probably hasnt
changed much from yesteryear.
Goode, taking advantage of todays technology at W.T.Young
friends Ive made in clubs and organizations, the activities
Im involved with, and the bonds and connections Ive
made with wonderful faculty and staff have made my education here
a rich and rewarding experience, and thats probably the
best thing about being a student here, she said.
Some Facts of Life
for Todays Student
half the students in the College of Agriculture are female
more than 70% of todays UK undergraduate students
are under age 25
tuition costs for residents is $3,735 a year; non-residents
on-campus room and board costs about $4,000 a year; a meal
card costs $690 per semester
off-campus rent for a two-bedroom unfurnished apartment,
excluding utilities, is about $680 per month; the average electric
bill is $32 a month; average gas bill is $50
the government-set minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, which
is about what most students earn in part-time jobs
Submitted by Bill Moody
were very few women in the College of Agriculture. However, the
men met a lot of women through the Home Economics Department,
which was part of the College of Agriculture at that time.
students didnt have cars. Their modes of transportation
included bus, train, walking, and hitch hiking. To get home on
the weekends, Bill Moody used to hitch hike from Lexington to
Louisville (which usually meant at least three or four rides with
different people). On the return trip he took the bus, a ride
of over three hours.
were no cell phones, pocket calculators (you knew who the engineers
were because they always carried a slide rule with them), computers,
or microwave ovens. Books were carried in students arms
instead of in bulging backpacks.
per semester ranged from $150-$200, with housing rental per month
running between $20 and $40 (which included utilities).
Youve read what some of our alumni and faculty had to say
about their lives as students in the 1940s and 1950s. Can you
top their stories? Wed like you to reach back into the recesses
of your memory and recall those fun and interesting facts about
your days in the College of Agriculture, whether they were fifteen
years or fifty years ago. Responses will be considered for possible
inclusion in a future Ambassador issue of the magazine. Here are
a few questions and topics to get you started.
How much were
tuition and books when you were in school? How did you pay for
them? Did you have money saved up, receive scholarship money,
or have help from Mom and Dad?
Where did you live, on campus or in off-campus housing? Who did
you room with? Tell us about your adventures with your roommates.
We want to
hear about your jobs the best, the worst, the hardest,
most unusual, most fun, most boring, worst paying. How many hours
a week did you work? What did you learn from your on-the-job experiences?
How did you make ends meet?
We also want
to know what you did for fun. Did you belong to student clubs,
were you active in College social events, and did you go to football
and basketball games? Or maybe you were good at pulling pranks.
Photos as well as comments are welcome. Please submit materials
by mail or e-mail to the address for the ag magazine editor on
page 1 of this magazine. Were looking forward to hearing
and Bob Crawford, Queen and King in the College of Agriculture,