My name is Kacie Pounds, I am a first year graduate student at the University of Florida. I am pursuing my master's of science in Agricultural Communication.
I was raised traveling around the United States with my parents who were long-distance truck drivers, until I was 9-years-old. I was home schooled until eighth grade so that I could be on the road with my parents. When I was not traveling with my parents I was in my hometown, Lakeland, Fla. It was while traveling through the rural U.S. that I discovered my passion and curiosity for our agri-food system.
At the age of 16 I realized that my ultimate passion is sharing positive messages about the agri-food system. After deciding to pursue a career in agriculture I knew that I would need to attend a land-grant university to further my education. I was admitted to begin attending the University of Florida the fall semester after I graduated from Lakeland High Senior High School.
My journey in secondary education began in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, my dream of becoming an agricultural communicator was within reach after receiving my bachelors of science. However, I decided that I wanted to learn more and to be prepared for my future career by pursuing my master's degree in agricultural communication. I aspire to educate the public about agricultural issues to increase agricultural literacy.