|Face painting Iron Man at Childfest|
Applying for this internship was almost by chance. To me, internships were always something that undergraduates were supposed to do, not someone who recently graduated. I decided to go for it. You might not hear this often, but I was lucky that I was turned down at two different county offices before I received an offer from Giles. Cora and Jeannie took a chance on me, and I'm sure glad they did! Although I have a diploma in hand, I still am not 100% set on what exact career the future has in store for me, but this internship has given me a few steps in the right direction. Working in Giles has given me a renewed respect and appreciation of VCE and its services. Working with Cora and Jeannie helped me to build myself as an individual while having a great time, and to them I am forever grateful.
With graduate school in full swing, I miss working in Giles more than ever. But like Jeannie has told me several times "An education is never wasted." That, along with many words of advice and strategies I learned from my unit agents, will help me to trek through this whirlwind of a program. It will help me as I student teach, but more importantly it will help me if I become an extension agent. Before this internship I was not very sure if I would like to be one, but now I would love to be! I'll try to keep working hard and hopefully my education and opportunities will lead me down a path filled with agriculture and community development. Growing in Giles as the VCE intern has been one of the best choices of my life and I encourage any college student to become an intern, especially in Giles.
|Beautiful view from Triple R Farms during the Beef Field Day|
Thank you for following my adventures in Giles! I hope you enjoyed learning about Giles County and Virginia Cooperative Extension. I encourage you to become involved in your local agency and support your county agents.