The spring semester always flies by. Spring 2017 was no different, and I would say it has gone in the blink of an eye.
My semester at the Howdy Farm provided me with a hands-on educational experience in which I was able to grow my technical knowledge of horticultural production, but also taught me a lot of life lessons. I tend to be a list person, so here are a few things I took away from my experience at the Howdy Farm this semester:
4. A mutual goal makes for an instant connection. Pulling weeds, planting seeds and spreading mulch are tasks that provide ample time to have great conversations and get to know someone on a deep level. I had countless conversations with volunteers, some that were very small-talk oriented and others that caused me to leave the farm knowing I had made a new friend. Conversations ranged from family to school to life struggles, but I cannot count the times I laughed until my stomach hurt. I think having a common goal to complete a given task is what forms a friendship. We shared in our current experience, and made it more fun by sharing stories about our lives. I did not use my Howdy Farm experience as social hour, but I am thankful for the friendships I made through this experience.
This semester was pivotal in my education here at Texas A&M, and I think The Howdy Farm has a huge part in that. I have a renewed faith in my area of study, that it directly fits my skills and passions. I am thankful for this invaluable experience, and I look forward to being involved with the Howdy Farm in the future.
Thanks and Gig 'Em.