The Final Stretch


Posted on April 18th, by Madison Simmons in Tales from the Barn. No Comments

Countdowns are well on their way as the end of the semester is quickly approaching! There’s great anticipation, tension and horror for the arrival of graduation. We have worked so hard to finally reach this point in our lives and with that comes pride, satisfaction and joy. However, fear, uncertainty and anxiety follow very close behind the joy of graduation. For the past 17 years we have been told what to do, where to be and when, which classes to take and more. We have come to know the routine of classes starting in late August, having a week off of school every other month, and three months of no school for the summer. (Put this on repeat until graduation!) Now, the reality of not having to attend classes, not having that set routine and not being surrounded by the same friends and faculty is quite intimidating.

Friends won’t be just down the hall or the next door down to hang out or go on spontaneous adventures. After graduation, it will take effort to keep the great friendships I have developed over the years here at Findlay.  This will definitely be a challenge to our friendships as we learn to live and take on life on our own.

Decisions have been made on veterinary schools and commitments were due as of April 15.  After much consideration, I am excited and proud to announce that I will be working at Kyle Sheep Farms in Avon, New York, where I have been interning for the past two summers.

I am so glad that I picked such a well-rounded college to attend out of high school. There have been times when I wondered if I should have attended The Ohio State University or some other big school back home, but in looking back at my freshman self, I realize that with that choice I would not be where I am today. I have really grown here at Findlay through one-on-one work with professors, small class sizes, making tons of new friends and learning through doing.Madison with sheep

The best part about Findlay has to be the size. Classes are small and personal and the teachers truly know you, and you’re not just another person on the roster. Especially during your junior and senior years, professors take key roles in working with you through your next steps after Findlay. Personally, I have gotten to know one of our animal science professors, Dr. McCarthy, rather well. His input has been so valuable in helping me decide what to do with my career path.

It’s an exciting world out there, and I so wish I could take all my Findlay friends along with me on my ride of life! Good luck, fellow Oilers!





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