College. At one point, it was stereotyped as a four-year party where students took a few classes and had little responsibility. Now, college has transformed into a three-ring circus, where students are tasked with juggling many things. My senior year is more like a five-ring circus though; where class, career prospecting, working, extracurricular and social activities occupy my day. Here is a breakdown of what I experience daily:
Classes. Every college student takes classes, and this semester I am taking six (eighteen credit hours). I have a mix of general education and business-oriented classes with homework, papers, projects, presentations and exams. While at times the classwork seems like a lot, I enjoy it because most of the courses cover areas I am passionate about.
Career Prospecting. As a senior, making sure I land a job post-graduation is very important. I am constantly … Read More »
When I returned from Japan, I jumped into my little red car and headed to the great west. I have spent the past three weeks interning at Colorado Equine Veterinary Services in Peyton, Colorado. My first day of work began on a Sunday within an hour of my arrival. A colicky horse was hospitalized for fluids and close monitoring. I knew this internship would be a totally new experience for me when I heard that I needed to wake up and take care of it in the middle of the night. Charlie, one of the techs, taught me what to do the first night and then I was on my own after office hours for the rest of this horse’s stay.
Due to complications, the horse ended up staying two long weeks. Thus, this student encountered a new experience: the horse … Read More »
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 »
The sound of clanging, banging and crashing emitted from the back room as Dr. Kerns and one of the TAs were in the room trying to get a cat ready for a declaw and neuter. Everyone else was in the other room busy at work and stopped at the sound of all the ruckus. One of the cats had gotten loose and had climbed up onto the shelf and was making it an interesting challenge to catch him.
Shortly after it was another cat’s turn and getting him out of the carrier was definitely easier said than done. Welding gloves and a towel were used to keep the assistants safe and the cat safe as they tried to wrap … Read More »
Some people’s weeks end as soon as their last class on Friday is done and get to relax and go out, but not for the farm teaching assistants (TA). This semester I am interning with Dr. Kerns and his teaching assistants on Friday nights. Our nights can include feline spays and neuters, declaws, vaccinations, appointments, grading and more.
We meet out at the barns and families drop off their cats for us to treat, neuter or spay and some appointments may come in and then it’s to the barns! Our job is to vaccinate all the horses at the western barn over the matter of a few weeks and we may have some stuff do do at the animal science barn. Each … Read More »
Welcome back! Classes are in full swing already, but let’s get you caught up on what I did this summer through work experiences and and an internship as a pre-veterinary major.
For the first part of my summer, I had the privilege of working at a sheep farm in my hometown. I had the time of my life working from sun up to sun down for the whole month as we had over 1200 sheep lambing. The most intriguing part of the job was being able to apply my knowledge from my spring semester Animal Reproduction and Parturition class to real life experiences. What I had studied and read finally became real and applicable to what I was doing at the farm. I was able to identify the different parts of the placenta and such as the ewes gave birth.
After finishing up lambing … Read More »
What an amazing experience this summer has been! I learned more during my time at the Cleveland Browns than I could have ever imagined. My favorite part was getting my first corporate experience, taking everything I have learned during my first three years of college and applying it to the real world. What better of a place to apply that knowledge than at the Browns’ organization? Now that I am back at UF and into my final semester of college, my view on my academic studies has been transformed. I am able to take my summer experience inside corporate America and apply that knowledge to my courses this fall. Graduation for me is just right around the corner in December! Even though I am on a great path, I am anxiously anticipating the opportunities that I will take on once … Read More »
Week one on the job is complete! This special events internship has already exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to see what the next seven weeks will bring. During the first two weeks, we are working hard to prepare for our main event, The Cleveland Browns Training Camp, which begins July 30th. Preparation duties may include anything from moving bleachers to distributing flyers around the local neighborhoods to setting up 750 pound inflatables. It’s amazing to be part of the many behind the scenes efforts that come together for a pro team event! With just about a week of preparation left, there is still so much to do. Soon, players will be returning to the facility, sponsors will set up their tents and fans will flood the gates for this free event to watch the players and enjoy plenty of entertainment. Click here for more about … Read More »
My internship with Serve the City Brussels concluded this weekend, and although I am happy for the break it has given me to cherish my last week in Brussels, I already miss the incredible staff and the friends I have made over the short time I spent with them in and out of the office.
Back information: Serve the City Brussels (STC) is a non-profit organization connecting volunteers from Brussels to causes that could use their help. The organization reaches out to six different focus groups (the homeless, the disabled, the elderly, asylum seekers, children in need, victims of abuse) in five different neighborhoods of Brussels (Ixelles, Etterbeek, Schaerbeek, Marolles, Ste Catherine).
I took part in a variety of tasks while in the office, including … Read More »
I have started my third week in Belgium, and I am very, very happy here.
I am astounded that a place I have lived for two weeks can feel so much like home, and that I can experience culture shock and homesickness each for the first time within a single weekend.
My internship at Serve the City Brussels:
I am very pleased with my internship position. As a communication intern, I am furthering my experience with WordPress and MailChimp, two techniques for professional communication. I have my own Serve the City email address where I independently correspond with people who wish to serve with the organization or who have questions about the work we do. Although I am learning the answers to many of their questions, I am free to ask my supervisor, Cosmina, if any of the emails stump me.