This was my last week with the 4-H Center and it was spent with my last group, Bourne Middle School from Bourne, Massachusetts. This was an entire 8th grade class, so my colleagues, Alexis and Alayna, were also on this group. Since we have been working together for the past three months, we were able to play off of each other’s strengths to try to provide the best experience for our group. However, this one became challenging for many reasons, two of the most obvious ones were that we moved as three buses, or about 150 people, and that we had communication issues with the chaperones. Whenever we encountered a problem, we tried our hardest to think of the best possible solution. Through this experience, I have learned the importance of relying on your co-workers and how to work together to have the best result. Overall, I have really enjoyed my time at the National 4-H Conference Center. I found the working environment very enjoyable and learned a lot from the experience. Although I don’t think this would be something I would want as a career, I still gained a lot as a Program Assistant.
This week I was with Mount Bethel Christian Academy, a 6th grade class from Nashville, TN. MBCA was a very short group, but flexible as well. It was easy to work with them, and I rarely encountered any problems. Like my last group, these students were younger than previous groups, so I had to adapt my commentary to their age and knowledge. This was another reminder of how important it is to adapt what you are communicating to your audience and how this is a skill that I am working on as an agricultural communicator. For the rest of the week, I continued to prepare for CWF and for my group coming the next week.