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Daniel Alvey: Networking for early success

October 10, 2019

DANIEL ALVEY:>>Hi, NC State. My name is Daniel
Alvey, and I recently graduated in May of 2015 with degrees in agricultural science
and agricultural education. I was asked to share a little bit about myself today as a
recent graduate on a path that’s very similar to where all of you are at right now. I’m
originally from Mars Hill in western North Carolina, and like many of us who grew up
in rural backgrounds in the state, I have a long background in agriculture. It all began
on my grandfather’s tobacco farm in Yancey County. I still go back to help from time
to time, but I don’t get to venture that way as much as I did growing up. But after that
I actually continued my agricultural experience through FFA. I joined the national FFA organization
and was actually fortunate enough to serve as a state officer for North Carolina. So
those experiences in agriculture really led me to NC State University to continue my passions
and interest in the agricultural industry. And during my time at the university, I really
developed a network of people that led me to my career, and I truly believe it was because
of internship experiences that I was able to obtain a career immediately after graduation.
But none of that would have been possible without all the donors that are sitting in
the room this evening so I would like to extend a sincere thank-you for everything that you
have done as investors in our future. I know that personally I would not have been able
to go to North Carolina State University without the financial aid that I received. For the
students in the room, I would just say to build that network that I’ve already mentioned.
It is extremely important for you to gain real life experience in the agricultural industry
and also meet as many people as you possibly can that may be able to help you out in the
future and may be able to help you find your place in the agricultural industry. Being
a part of this industry is something that you should be proud of. We are part of something
that feeds and clothes the world every single day. And I truly believe that we are going
to be able to meet the challenges that we face in the industry as far as meeting the
demand for food with a growing population. Now is the time to find your role in that
solution. So thank you for listening, and I wish you the best. Congratulations on receiving
a scholarship, and I look forward to meeting you.

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