Techniques Magazine Techniques Magazine May 2011 : Page 33

BY SABRINA KIDWAI Difference she would find very useful when she travelled overseas and found herself im-mersed in an entirely different culture. G rowing up in Philadel-phia, Jenna Moser always wanted to be like her dad, who was a member of FFA and grew up on a farm in western Penn-sylvania. She took a big step in emulating her father when she enrolled at the W. B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sci-ences, located in the upper Roxborough section of Philadelphia, and became a member of FFA herself, going on to serve as president during her senior year. She also participated in 4H, the FFA Chorus and running programs. While in FFA and 4H, she learned a number of skills, she notes, including public speaking, teamwork and leader-ship. “By being part of an FFA chapter with 500 members, it takes a lot of communication to ensure things work right,” Moser said. “Because I lived in Philadelphia, I traveled on Saturdays with the 4H club to local farms so we could work with different animals, including cows and sheep. We had to work as a group, and teamwork was important.” She also learned from being part of 4H and FFA that finding ways to com -municate with people effectively helps things run more smoothly—a skill that Internship in India During Moser’s senior year, Jessica Mc-Atamney, her mentor and running coach, suggested that Moser apply for The Nor-man E. Borlaug-Raun International Agri-cultural Science and Technology Intern-ship through The World Food Prize. The Borlaug-Raun International Program “helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing scientific training and collab -orative research opportunities to visiting researchers, policymakers and university faculty,” according to its Web site. The World Food Prize is an organization that fights global hunger and provides high school students with an eight-week-long internship with scientists and policymak-ers around the world in places like Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. “Ms. McAtamney always gives back by helping her students, and she always finds the right opportunities for people. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have had the op-portunity to travel to India,” Moser said. Moser dutifully applied for the Nor-man E. Borlaug-Raun internship, and “During my experience, I learned about how narrow my perception of agriculture was.” was one of 16 interns selected as the class of 2010. She spent two months studying under M.S. Swaminathan, an agricul-tural scientist who developed hybrid rice and is known as the “Indian Father of the Green Revolution.” Her internship was in Chennai, which is located on the south-east coast of India, and she also traveled to Kannivadi and Tamil Nadu for various conferences or work-internship experi-ences. “I thought it would be cool to visit another country and see how other farms operated.” Moser said “During my expe-rience, I learned about how narrow my perception of agriculture was.” During her internship with Swami-nathan, she learned about the diversity in agricultural processes, how fortunate we are in the west (the villagers she spent time with had no refrigeration), and about cultural diversity. “I spent a weekend in a village doing Ma Y 2011 Techniques PhOTO BY ISTOCK.COM 33

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