Hello! I am Jackie Newland, a junior at Kansas State University. I am an agricultural communications and journalism major with minors in political science and music.
I grew up on a farm in Southeast Kansas just outside of Neodesha. My family produces corn, wheat and soybeans, as well as a cow-calf operation. I have two loving parents, three older brothers and ten amazing nieces and nephews!
My passion for agriculture began as a young child. I have always been involved with our farming operation in some way, shape or form. My involvement began to grow exponentially when I joined 4-H. I started to raise my own pigs to show at the fair as well as participate in the many events that 4-H had to offer. As I grew older, I started to take on leadership roles within the club which helped me when transitioning to my high school years, where I continued to pursue agriculture through FFA.
While attending Neodesha High School, I not only held leadership roles in FFA but also National Honor Society, Student Council and Select Choir. At Neodesha High School I further developed a passion for both agriculture and music. It became increasingly difficult during this time to decide which I had a greater love for. They were both important parts of my life up to that point. In the end I decided to pursue my musical ambitions and made the move to Oklahoma City University to pursue a dual degree in Music Theatre and Vocal Performance.
The year I spent at Oklahoma City University was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. I believe it is just as important to find out what you do not want to do, as much as it is to find out what you do want to do, in life. I realized that while music would always be a large part of who I am, it was not the career choice for me. Three months later I was back in my home state of Kansas, pursuing my degree in agricultural communications and I have never looked back.