Well I cannot believe I have already been working here at Watertown Holsteins for just over two months! It has been a huge learning experience already as I am working with my family, and gaining new responsibilities on the dairy. The time that I was without a Mac was actually a blessing in disguise. Even though I missed blogging a lot, it’s been hard to get back in the swing of things! However that time allowed me to reflect on my summer, my college career and decide what goals I think God wants me to pursue in the near future. I always learn a lot during an experience but even more from reflecting on it as time passes. As I look back on my summer I feel blessed to have been given knowledge, training, hands-on experience, and friends at Maddox Dairy on my internship. It was an inspiring place for me to be! I set out for California in May after graduation excited to see more of the dairy industry in another state. But I didn’t realize that I would learn and gain so much that it would change my life.
When I arrived, I felt like an olympic athlete before he or she walks in to the Olympic training center for the first time. He or she feels excited, nervous, proud and just can’t wait to get to work! Because for me, as seriously as an olympic athlete takes their training, I take mine, as I prepare for a career in the dairy industry, in agriculture.
My journey through dairy started when I was just a young little girl, but it has a long, long ways to go. In the last few weeks of my internship I had a chance to practice artificial insemination, trim hooves, shadow the manager, and shadow the veterinarian of the embryo transfer program at Maddox and RuAnn Dairies. For everything that I was taught during my internship, I told the folks there I ought to be paying them for letting me come! For me, it was a one of a kind experience. Through the internship this summer, my college career and in the recent weeks I have determined that I am going to full on pursue my dream to become a veterinarian. It is a dream I have had since I first watched a vet fix a cow’s displaced abomasum here at my home farm when I was about eight years old.
Ever since it’s one of those dreams that has always lingered, even as I pursued and completed my degree in dairy production from South Dakota State. Through college, I went back and forth many times wondering and asking myself “what do I really want?” To me it is a huge commitment and when I was trying to make it before it wasn’t the right time in my life. I can see now that my faith along with all the experiences and activities I committed to in college helped me become what I am, and I believe they will ultimately help me reach my goals in this life. Now, I know of course that I have to be accepted to a veterinary school, and that itself is extremely competitive. But now I have the right attitude and motivation for going after that acceptance letter.
I believe it is important to follow and trust God in making decisions. Even though I don’t always do that; I am trying to more and more each day. The biggest thing we all have to do in this life is admit that we mess up, we make wrong choices, follow the wrong path. The best thing part is that God is always there to put you back on the right track. There are always consequences for our actions, but He never gives up on us! Sometimes I wonder why on earth God gave me the passions I have, but then I remember that God put them in me for a specific purpose. I also know without a doubt that His timing is best and that He will give me the strength I need. When I was young I never dreamed that my generation would have to produce enough food for 9 billion people by 2050! Not only that but we have to do it more efficiently with less land and resources! On top of that, as agriculturalists, we have to advocate and prove over and over again that we are doing our very best to produce wholesome food from the land and animals we value and care for. Everyday I am thankful and happy that I can help feed the world! For me feeding the world isn’t just about filling stomachs either, it’s also about feeding souls too. I have many dreams and goals that align with feeding stomachs and souls, but first I am going to follow my dream of becoming a veterinarian.
We all only have one life, just as an athlete may only get chance to attend the Olympics. We have to make each day count! Life is meant to be lived with purpose, it is not just a right you have. It has been given to you by our Creator above. It is my task be a part of agriculture, to bring honor and glory to God through it, to love others as He does, to help grow and produce the needed food, and to trust Him to make it all come together. The road ahead will be tough, but at the end of the day I KNOW He knows what is best. In reality, we are all like Olympic athletes training for the race ahead. It is just that some of us are “in the training center” and some of us are watching from the outside.