"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas A. Edison
There is no wonder why this is Ellen’s favorite quote. I’m not sure I can think of a more hardworking young lady, or one with a sweeter personality. She is truly a gift to be around. Five years ago, I was blessed to have done Ellen’s high school senior photos, and was more than delighted to get to celebrate this next milestone with her: college graduation! I can see the difference that secondary education has made in her life; she is so eloquent and articulate, and very poised. And yet, she hasn’t lost the spunk and joy that brought her through her high school years, either.
Ellen will be graduating from California State University in Chico, California in mid-May. She has learned a degree in Agricultural Business, and is extremely passionate about her work with the agriculture community. “Since my freshman year in high school, I have believed in the future of agriculture (the first line of the FFA creed), and it’s been something that has pushed me to accomplish my goals. After my senior year in high school, I was elected as the California State Reporter for the FFA, and I represented 76,000 members”, she explains, “I then took a year off from college to serve with a team, and travel throughout the state, representing the agriculture industry and agriculture education. We toured multiple industries, which gave me a better understanding of the industry and how to better communicate the message of agriculture to the public. From this experience, I gained a passion about agricultural business and economics”. Ellen’s father dedicated his life to helping horses (most recently through equine medical research), and his life work has inspired her to work hard to achieve her own goals. “As I look forward, my goals always encompass building our company, and supporting my father’s work to improve the lives of horses, and I also hope to pursue my PhD to teach agricultural business at a University”, she adds.
For this special graduation shoot, she wanted to celebrate her accomplishments, and I really love that we were able to add in her Chico State jacket. A college graduation shoot is a perfect opportunity to celebrate what you have done to get to this point in your life: living on your own, spreading your wings, earning a degree, and growing into your own as an adult…these are all things that deserve commemoration! Even if you’ve never considered college grad photos, remember it’s just as big of a milestone as high school, and these are perfect to use for things like job applications, resumes, social media profiles, and for family and friends.