Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Reflections and the Future

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Reflections and the Future

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As I sit down to write this final editorial which will end my term as Editor of The Agricultural Education Magazine, I must stop and reflect on what I have learned over the past three years, not only about myself, but also about the profession of Agricultural Education. In addition, I also keep thinking of many "what if" type of scenarios which would lead us forward, or backwards, into the next decade.

I recall vividly working on my first issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine during December 2003 and January 2004, thinking that I was never going to get the first issue of The Magazine completed. I recall working feverishly over Christmas break on The Magazine. Then came January 2004, and there was one day/night that I spent over 24 hours in my office to finish the task before me.

You see, the task before me was bigger than I had anticipated! Back in 2003, I thought my biggest headache was going to be in finding six Theme Editors per year. I was under the impression that I would collect some manuscripts from the Theme Editor, and then send those selected manuscripts to "someone" who was going to assemble the magazine. Wrong!! That "someone" was supposed to be me. Here I was, editing a magazine and I knew nothing about editing! Talk about a wake-up call!!

I recall that the first thing I had to learn was "how to buy PageMager" so that I could construct the magazine. The program "InDesign" was not on the market yet, so I resorted to what the previous editor, Dr. Robert Martin had used. Next step, after ordering the software program, was to learn how to use the program! Learning how to use PageMaker was, and still is, a lesson in-itself! I have to thank Ms. Terri Osterman, an Office Associate in my department for having had previous experience using PageMaker. Even today, as I constructed this last issue of my term, I had to call on Terri to help me with some technicalities on PageMaker. Thank you Terri.

During graduate school, and certainly upon the start of my term as Editor, I had learned about many of Agricultural Education's most influential individuals who had "walked the talk" long before I came around. …

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