Cheyenne Bastian-Brown

Cheyenne Bastian-Brown

  • Hometown: Ralston, Pennsylvania
  • Major: Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Minor(s): International Agriculture
  • Class of: 2025

Question #1: What inspired you to pursue the major you are in?

My journey into the Agricultural and Extension Education major was very unconventional. Prior to my arrival at Penn State, I was initially accepted into the Political Science program. I thought that going into agricultural policy was my path, but then spending a year as a Pennsylvania FFA State Officer changed my mind. After completing my first FFA chapter visit, I sat in the ag room at Central Columbia High School and ultimately decided that the classroom was where I felt at home. I wanted to cultivate young leaders for tomorrow and make each student feel that they belonged no matter their background. So, I changed my major and have loved Agricultural and Extension Education since!

Question #2: What has been the best part of your time in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences?

I would say that the best part of my time in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences has been finding my community. Penn State is a huge campus, but through joining various clubs and organizations, I have been able to find individuals with similar interests, goals, and hobbies. This has made me feel at home in State College.

Question #3: What do you wish you would have known as a new student at Penn State?

I wish I would have known about all of the amazing opportunities offered to students once they arrive at Penn State. Between having over one thousand student clubs and organizations, study abroad programs, professional development opportunities, and tons more, there is never enough time in your academic career to do it all. Plan out what you would like to take part in and achieve prior to your arrival so you are able to do all that you want to do!