September 23, 2020
ASU-Beebe “Life as a Vanguard” series introduces Sarah Gaskin, SGA Activities Chair
Sophomore Sarah Gaskin is this year’s Student Activities Chairman for the Student Government Association. “I first became involved with SGA as a student representative for the Ag Club,” said Sarah.
Last Spring, she helped with Ag Day in setting up and assisting in the horticulture judging area.
She noted that during the summer the SGA held planning meetings using Zoom interactive technology. SGA planned several social distanced activities throughout the semester to help students network and stay active on campus. “We hit the ground running with Welcome Week activities such as a drive-in movie and the Abington Walk and Commitment to Graduate event,” said Sarah.
Gaskin, from Bald Knob, is pursuing an Associate of Science in Agriculture degree and plans a career with the County Extension Service. Gaskin’s parents, Jamie and Cindy Gaskin, run a farm which raises mini Jersey cattle, and sells grass fed pork and goat milk. Sarah and her four siblings not only help on the farm, but she also works two part-time jobs as a clerk at the livestock sale barn office and waitress at a restaurant.
In addition, Sarah is active in the local 4-H Club, a community youth program, where she and her sister have served as state officers. She and her family have been involved in the White County Fair for a number of years, showing animals and helping with the 4-H booth. Her 4-H Club also participated in community service projects, such as donating to food pantries, providing K-9 packets, military packets and cards for children in the hospital.
Sarah is a graduate of homeschool. “The flexibility of the homeschool structure allowed me to help on the farm, stay active in the 4-H Club and made the transition to college easier,” said Sarah. “SGA gives me a chance to hone my leadership skills in being a voice for fellow students and to be involved on campus with great projects such as the campus food pantry and the Student Emergency Hope Fund,” said Sarah.
When asked why she chose ASU-Beebe, Sarah said her dad was an agriculture student at the college in 1997 and after she attended Ag Day and toured the college, she decided ASU-Beebe would be her best choice. “It was close to home so I could commute and the faculty and staff were so welcoming and helpful. It is like family,” she said.
“Being the oldest of five children, I feel I am encouraging my younger siblings with my college education,” said Sarah. “My parents have been my inspiration and strength. They have provided the education model for our family and found opportunities for us to be leaders. We learned valuable life skills on the farm and through our participation at county, district and state fairs.”
Even with having to transition to remote alternative learning methods last spring, Sarah was named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement and was recently named recipient of the Larry Sims Agriculture Scholarship.
Sarah offered advice to other students: “Keep your class schedule manageable. Remember, there’s lots of assistance available, just ask. And make time to enjoy your college experience.”
Life as a Vanguard is a social media series produced by the ASUB Office of Marketing and Public Relations. These are ‘get to know’ articles of interest about students, faculty, and staff within the Vanguard campus community.