I am a student studying agriculture at the one and only Kansas State University. I have a younger brother who is a freshman in high school (killer competitor on the wii), and an older sister who works at a feedlot in Western Kansas (yep, she is a real cowgirl). My parents are happily married and living out their life's still heavily involved and devoted to making the children successful and happy.
Some people know me as the over-involved college student. Many know me as a past National Officer for the National FFA Organization (if your not sure what FFA is, you should check it out at ffa.org). However, those who are closest to me know me as the girl who always has a smile on her face. The one who isn't shy to make new friends, loves deep conversations, and can't wait to travel and experience something new.
This past year I took a break from my studies to devote my knowledge, skills, and talents to inspiring young people all across America through the FFA Organization. I had five phenomenal teammates. Between the five of us we traveled 300-330 days out of the year, traveled 120,000 miles, visited 39 out of 50 states, and we developed and delivered 100 workshops and 90 motivational speeches. All that we did was to promote agriculture education and inspire our youth to be leaders in whatever career field they desire to pursue.
Now, I am about to return to what some would call "a normal life." Personally, I say there is no such thing as normal. There is, however, such a thing as a paradigm. Many people have the paradigm that all college students do is party, skip classes, date, party, and finally, party. This paradigm may be true about some college students, but most definitely not all. As a matter of fact, I would argue that the majority of students are doing so much more than the public ever sees or hears about.
I have three goals in writing this blog:
1) To capture my experiences transitioning back to college
2) Document daily learning's that help us grow as a person
3) Illustrate to public the great things that college students are doing each day
The title of my blog is Choose to Live. Why? Choose to Live is my personal Mission Statement. In life, it is easy to slide along with the crowd. However, it takes a conscious choice to live out those dreams and aspirations you have deep down within you. My mission is to make decisions based on what I really want out of life. I would encourage each of us to think about what our personal mission is, and seek the discipline to follow it on a daily basis.
I am by no means the expert at living. No one is. I can however offer my experiences and how they shape the life that I live. Maybe, just maybe some of what I may experience could be of help and assistance to others.
We are given the gift of free will, so let's use it. Choose to really live your life...
and do it.