Allison Zabel
Allison Zabel

I think of where I am today and how I got here. When I was in high school I changed my mind a million times of what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a lawyer, a pharmacist, a sales representative, and the list goes on. I always wanted to do something that would matter and help others in some way.

I chose agriculture because it has been what my family is involved in. My great grandpa, grandpa, and father were all farriers. My two older sisters work in the agriculture industry. When I was younger I always looked up to them and wanted to do what they did. My sisters were involved in 4-H and FFA so I became involved with them.

One of my biggest mentors has been my high school FFA advisor. He always seemed to know the true potential I had even if I didn’t. He believed that I could do anything as long as I put my mind to it. He taught me many things about agriculture and life. I keep in touch with him and tell him about all the things I am achieving in my career. He has always been supportive of the crazy ideas I get (like move to China.)

I will always look to him for solid advice. I hope someday that I can be a mentor for others. I want to be able to give them advice and encouragement. I want to help people see their true potential and for them to know that you should always chase after your dreams, even if they change a million times.