Introducing the 2022 Summer Extension Intern in Randolph County!

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My name is Cassidy Sharpe and I am the 2022 Summer Intern for the Randolph County Cooperative Extension Office. Every year, counties from all across the state get an Extension Intern for a ten-week period over the summer. This program, offered by the NC State University, provides opportunities for college students interested in Agricultural Extension. Its goal is for participants to gain knowledge about agriculture, to learn new skills such as problem solving, and to job shadow in a career field of interest. This summer I will also be helping extension personnel deliver educational programs to people of all ages. I am most looking forward to job shadowing the different Agents in the office to learn more about what they do for our community.

I grew up on my family’s beef cattle farm, so I’ve always been around agriculture. My family raises angus/charolais cattle and grow oat and grass hay to bale in the summer and fall. I decided to join FFA in the 8th grade, but I wasn’t very involved until my 9th and 10th grade year of high school. In 10th grade, I decided to run for office for the following year and I got the reporter position, in which I handled advertisement and publicity for our chapter. The following year I ran again and became the President for our chapter at Randleman High School. As President, I was able to coordinate all chapter activities that we did, which included after school activities for kids and community service activities.

After graduating in 2021 from Randleman High School, I decided to further my education at NC State University. I am currently a student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences majoring in Agricultural Science. I just finished my freshman year and have already learned so much. My goal when I graduate is to be able to use my education to manage, lead, and improve farms across the state and better the local farming community. I want to be able to help future generations have a better environment to grow up and live in, and one way to do that is through finding sustainable ways to farm.

I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to be the intern at the N.C. Cooperative Extension – Randolph County Center and am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the summer holds for me.