One of the great things about attending a school like UF, is that you have the chance to get involved in so many ways, and really get to try a variety of things. I love walking into the barn and seeing the variety of horses we have on grounds, and what they are all capable of. We have everything from western pleasure horses, to all-arounders, to reiners, to our “ranchy” cutting horses.
Earlier this semester, the UF Ranch Horse Team held their spring show at the western farm. It was really cool to see the differences between the Ranch Horse Show and the IHSA shows. For starters, they do completely different events, including cow classes! I got to see everything from cutting and boxing, to team penning and ranch riding. Another difference was the way in … Read More »
Any UF student has the opportunity to try out for a spot on the equestrian teams. At the western farm, we have the UF Ranch Horse team and the IHSA western team. Earlier this fall, I tried out for a spot on the IHSA western team, and just this past weekend, I competed in my first show.
IHSA is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association that offers riders of any skill level the chance to compete individually and as a team through Regional, Semi-Finals and National levels. Western riders compete in horsemanship classes in six divisions (Beginner Walk-Trot, Intermediate, Novice, Advanced and Open) and reining at the Open level. The team competes at multiple shows throughout the year in a quest to qualify for Semi-Finals, and then Nationals.
This show wasn’t only the first IHSA show for me, but it was also the first show … Read More »
Networking is an invaluable tool, luckily I have been able to hone this skill at Findlay so I felt prepared to make connections on my internship. Both the cadre and other interns have continuously supported each other and have formed great bonds.
Living with the people you work with can be challenging, especially if members of the group don’t get along. I’m happy to say that, for the most part, the other interns have been great, both at work and at our â€œhomeâ€ at the Econolodge. Working with the people you live with is a great way to challenge your professionalism and courtesy. When is an appropriate time to talk about non-work related activities? When do you take a break from work and enjoy each other’s company? Most of this … Read More »
I recently described my internship as “not so much a push outside of my comfort zone but more of a drop kick off a cliff” and I don’t think I could have come up with a moreÂ accurateÂ statement. Â (By the way the reply was, “The internship is doing what an internship should do!”) Â I am equal parts scared, excited and overwhelmed every single day. Â Being a naturally quiet person, everyday is a new lesson. Â I’m learning how to be outgoing, how to introduce myself, and how to be present in a conversation.
The other day I learned about teamwork as I watched the cadets race cadre (instructors) in building a one-rope bridge to cross the river. Â The team had to work together to tie the proper knots, support each other as they made their way across, all the way to the … Read More »
My first week of work ended on a good note. Since it was the first week, I was more conscious of my work ethic, because a first impression plays quite a big role in a work environment. So throughout the whole time, I was enthusiastic about whatever I was getting trained into.
For the first couple of days, I shadowed my colleagues who have been working as analysts at the office for a long time. My typical work day starts with a morning stand-up meeting where my supervisor and team members will be presenting their weekly progress report on their respective tasks; this meeting will be very shortâ€” like 5-10 minutes long. After the stand-up meeting, I will have either a weekly discussion with my team members concerning our tasks for the whole week or I will have meetings to attend … Read More »
After New Yearâ€™s Day, winter break was almost over and I was ready to go back to UF.Â I spent the break working out at home at my high school to get ready for winter off-season lifting. I wanted to be ready to show coach â€œWagsâ€ (head-strength and conditioning coach) my level of commitment to the team through lifting a lot of weight in the future workouts.Â I canâ€™t believe how time flies! Itâ€™s crazy because I remember being a freshman, and now Iâ€™m a junior on the football team! So now I am more of a leader and role model to the team.
During our first off-season lift, we maxed out in squat. The next day, we maxed out on bench press and hang cleans. All the coaches were there to witness the teamâ€™s hard work and they cheered us … Read More »