My time at the Owsley County Extension office has come to an end. The internship has been such an amazing experience. It definitely wasn't what I expected it to be; it was so much more! I gained knowledge, techniques, and experience that I know I will be able to implement in my future career and life. I loved the variety in what we did each day. If a specific program was not my favorite, I didn't have to worry long, because we would probably be doing something different later that day. There was always variety in the programming and tasks and that made it exciting to see what each new day would bring.
One of my biggest responsibilities of my time this summer was organizing the "Lightning Bug 5K Run/1 Mile Walk." Although I was familiar with running in races, the task of actually organizing was a bit daunting. The race was held in July, but the planning process began much before that. I began with scheduling, getting sponsors, t-shirt designs, course approvals, and more. We worked tirelessly on the race to make sure everything went off without a hitch and to my elation; it did! We had a wonderful turn out with 71 runners and a large group of volunteers. After the race was over and the trophies had been awarded, there was still much to do! We began the cleanup process the next day and the last task was to send the thank you letters sent to the sponsors. This event taught me a lot about planning and organizational skills that I know I will be able to use for a lifetime.
Looking back on my time with the Owsley Extension Office, I can say confidently that it has prepared me and molded me for what is to come after graduation at EKU. The relationships I have cultivated are invaluable and I am thankful to have worked with such wonderful people who have taught me so much in such a short time.