A Semester of Planning for Two Hours of Entertainment

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20th April

For as long as I have been a student, and I’m sure long before, the UF English equestrian program has put on a dressage showcase to demonstrate the talents of the program’s students and to show how much the students have learned throughout the school year. In the past, the hunter/jumper students have taken part in a similar event, jumping to music and riding courses they have designed. However, this has not taken place since I was a freshman.

Traditionally, the dressage seniors (collectively) plan the dressage showcase throughout the final semester, hosting a single evening of performances during the month of April. As the solo dressage senior, I partook in an event planning internship with Jill Paxton (equestrian program director) throughout the entire semester. Although the event only took around two hours, I spent many hours preparing and practicing for … Read More »

My FINAL Spring Break

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22nd March

Many students fly to tropical locations to party their spring breaks away. There’s really nothing wrong with that, but I took an alternative spring break for my last full week off before graduation (39 DAYS!). I returned to the Dominican Republic, this time as a student leader (I took my first trip in December 2014, right before Christmas, my junior year). This trip and this country have changed me more than I ever could have expected – and I would recommend a trip like this to every college student before they graduate.

I traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a group from UF, called OSA, or Oilers Serving Abroad. The group takes three trips each year – one in December, one over spring break, and one in May, just after graduation. The program aims to serve others in need … Read More »

Capping It Up

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29th February

As I prepare to graduate in a short 64 days, I am chin-deep in several projects, two of which are capstones for my two majors – that’s right, two majors means two projects! My two capstone projects are very different from each other.

My Public Relations Capstone: Digital Media Project

A communication major can choose a few different options when planning their capstone project. Most PR students, such as myself, create some sort of public relations project. I am creating a Facebook page and website and editing the business card for my client, Veterinary Medical Hospital (who just so happens to be my father). Jordyn, a journalism and animal science major, is writing a thesis paper on the rabies virus. Alyssa, a journalism major, is running and hosting her own radio show and live debate. One PR student, Yiye,  is revamping QQ’s … Read More »


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25th January

(with both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science!)

The first three weeks of this semester have flown by, making it a little easier for me to handle the idea that I’ll be a communication professional in the real world come a few short months. Since I have been working towards this day for 21 years of my life, I’m not really sure how to live without striving for education. Here’s a collection of thoughts going through my head.

I don’t know how to adult.
I can hardly handle my 8am once a week, how am I supposed to wake up at that time every day?!
Where am I going to find a horse to ride? I don’t think I can go without riding for too long.
What if I lose contact … Read More »

You Know You’re A UF Equestrian When…

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23rd December

As I conclude my seventh semester as an equestrian at The University of Findlay, I’d like to look back on the experiences that really say “FINDLAY” in my mind. I’m guessing current equestrian students and alumni of the program can agree on a lot of these things!


You know you’re a Findlay Equestrian when:

You’ve worn breeches to class.
And Walmart… and Chipotle… and definitely Henderson Dining Hall.

You don’t notice you smell like horse anymore.
Trust me – coming from a senior: you do. You do not smell good.
You’ve drug yourself out of bed and gotten to the barn at some insanely early hour to braid your horse’s mane.

Only to have them rub the braids out before your grooming grade.
You know the struggle of trying to get all four of your horse’s feet on the scale for a body score due that day.
The same … Read More »

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