Christopher Lunsford, a junior from Liberty, SC, receives the Southern States Scholarship.
From early on, Christopher has been interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. Having recognized the growing need for Agricultural Educators he began his academic studies at Clemson with that in mind. From freshmen to junior year, he has worked hard to promote the importance of agriculture and agricultural education nationwide.
We asked Christopher a few questions about his life at Clemson, his future career goals, and what the Southern States Scholarship means to him. Check out his answers below!
What is your major (and minor if applicable) and how did you choose it?
I am an Agricultural Education major with a minor in Agricultural Mechanization and Business. I chose to pursue these academic fields because of my experience in high school taking agricultural courses. I knew I enjoyed it and wanted to continue studying it. I also felt the need in our Nation for qualified Agricultural Educators and wanted to contribute to that.
Why did you choose to attend Clemson University?
Growing up only 15 minutes from Clemson, I always dreamed of attending. However, it was never certain. I took a leap of faith, turned in my application and 3 years later I am still here. I will always be thankful to have been accepted to such a great institution.
What is your favorite class?
My favorite class I have taken thus far is Ag Mech 2050. It covers the basics of metal fabrication and woodworking, making it a hands-on course. I feel it teaches valuable skills that all students at Clemson could benefit from.
What has been your best experience at Clemson University?
My best experience at Clemson has been the interaction between my AGED professors and myself. Each of them care so much about their students and are willing to provide us with the resources to succeed in college and after college.
What are your future career goals?
My goal is to earn a Master’s Degree (possibly in AGED), and then become an Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor at a high school in the Upstate of South Carolina. Ideally, I would love to receive a teaching position where I was first exposed to agriculture, the Pickens County Career and Technology Center.
What are some extracurricular activities you are involved in?
Currently I am involved in the Clemson Collegiate FFA Chapter, serving as Sentinel. I also serve as a CAFLS Ambassador.
What does the scholarship you received mean to you?
The Southern States Scholarship means so much to both me and my family. Currently my mother, sister and I are all attending college. With so many family members in school, money is tight. These funds will aid tremendously in paying for our education and we cannot be more thankful for that.
This has been edited for length and clarity.