Agriculture senior cultivates career protecting future of Texas lands
Have you ever dropped a whole packet of seeds into a tiny pot of soil? They all may sprout and they all may grow, but if you want them to thrive, you need to thin the seedlings, giving them ample space and access to resources.
Benjamin Trevino, who will graduate from Texas State University in May with bachelor’s degree in agriculture–animal science, felt lost in the weeds when he attended a larger Texas university just out of high school. He studied for only two years before he joined the workforce as a medical equipment sales rep. During that brief hiatus, he learned a valuable life lesson.
“At that time, I figured that school was not that important, so I went and worked, and then the real world hit me in the face,” says Trevino. “As clichéd as it sounds, I realized that money doesn’t grow on trees. Education actually is important.”
After he transferred to Texas State, the individual attention Trevino received helped him to flourish.
“I got more personal time with my professors. If I have questions, things I randomly think about, I can talk to them about it. I don’t have to make appointments. If I catch professors walking through the halls, I can ask a quick question and they’ll take time to talk to me about it,” he says. “They know my name, and that was a great thing for me.”
Trevino, born and raised in Castroville, Texas, shows more than just Texas State pride — he oozes Texas pride, stemming from his family’s long roots here. His career goals — to work with a government agency and help people build upon generations of agricultural knowledge — are all designed to benefit the state he loves.
“I want to try to save a little bit of Texas, if I can. The population is growing, more people are coming here, more houses are popping up. If I can save a little bit of Mother Nature, that’s what I want to do,” he says. “If I can help individuals keep their land in the family, where their children and grandchildren will keep what they’ve got, then I’ve made an impact on generations.”