2011: The Year of New Experiences


I’ve always been one to enjoy new experiences, on a small scale. There are a lot of things I’ve never done. This year, I have two big “firsts” coming up. When I say big, I mean BIG.

This summer, I’ll be leaving the state for more than a quick trip for the first time. In fact, I’ll be spending most of the summer in California. For a small-town mid-western girl, that’s a huge first. I’ll be in Sacramento, working in agricultural communications. I’ll be out of my comfort zone, but hopefully in my element. I’m excited to be on the AdFarm team, and look forward to the work they’ll be having me do. I’m especially thrilled to work on the Know a California Farmer project.

I’ll also be driving cross-country to the aforementioned internship. That’s a first. I’ve never driven more than five hours away from home, to visit my friend Amanda in Michigan. Chances are, I’ll be alone. That makes this “first” a little nerve-wrecking, but it should be a good learning experience.

Today, I found out about a new “first” that I never dreamed I’d experience. As of today, I am accepted into North Central College’s partnership study abroad program with Sunderland University. Sunderland is based out of Sunderland, England, and is on the cutting edge of interactive communications. There, I’ll be learning from some of the best professors in the world, at one of the forefront schools in the industry. I’m still a bit uncertain. In fact, I’m terrified. I’m completely scared witless. I could find a million and one reasons to NOT go…but the one big reason that I should stands out in my mind: I will never have an opportunity like this ever again. Never.

(This is me and my acceptance letter into the Sunderland program.)

Anyways, this is going to be a big year for me. I’ll not only be experiencing agriculture (and life) in California for almost three months, but I’ll also get to spend three months across “the pond” in the U.K. I’m already looking for chances to experience English agriculture, and am hoping to form some great connections and friendships throughout all of my new experiences this year.

Needless to say it’s been a big day for me. Time to wrap up this post and get rolling on some homework.

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6 thoughts on “2011: The Year of New Experiences

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention 2011: The Year of New Experiences « kellymrivard.com -- Topsy.com

  2. I am so very proud of you for stepping out of those comfort zones and experiencing what life has to offer! Your future is bright and England & California will never be the same after Kelly Rivard is there! 🙂

  3. Congrats! Driving cross country the first time is intimidating. It’s much bigger than people think!! 😀 You’ll do fine – use your contacts for safe reachouts if needed. Oh and in England – always look at a map before following directions esp in London. 🙂

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