Schyler Angell

A youthful voice…
The Advocate Youth Page

Schyler Angell
Associate Editor

As I head back to college from my spring break, I have come to the realization that my freshman year of college is already coming to an end. It feels like the year has gone by so quickly, all while being full of new experiences and new opportunities. I can’t help but think about all that I have learned in my first months at the University of Arkansas.

For me, this year has largely been about working to create good relationships with the people I’ve met. When classes started, I quickly realized that meeting people would be easy, but making friends would be hard. It takes a lot of time and energy to get past the small talk and actually get to know someone.

As a more introverted person, this wasn’t exactly easy. University of Arkansas Alumni and Author, Jennie Allen said, “You have to be the one that goes first. Gather some people, and tell them you need community. Tell them some things about yourself. That’s the beginning of great, healthy community. It’s scary and vulnerable, but it’s worth it.”

I’ve learned we’re not meant to do life alone and the importance of investing in these relationships. After all, my friends in my sorority and in my classes are what have made this year memorable.

With that being said, I have also learned the importance of planning and creating time to recharge. It seems like there is also something going on around campus. If I’m not strategic with my time, I’ll find myself running around or getting exhausted. Spending a little time alone almost every day has really helped me enjoy my time with others more. This time has helped me decipher what I want to be involved in as a student. This year I have enjoyed being involved in my sorority, several agriculture clubs, and a Christian youth group.

With my new community, I also celebrated my baptism on March 16. This day was filled with class (typical) and then a heartfelt party complete with a cattle water tank (familiar) and several of my closest friends.

I am thankful for friends in faith and the space and freedom found at college to dig deep in lots of areas of life.

Last week, I texted my mom a picture of my most recent homework assignment to write a press release, saying “Look what I learned to write!” This has been one of the first skills I’ve put into practice after learning about the technical aspects through class lectures. Just like with any major, it’s great to learn about the areas that interest me as an agricultural communications student.

I am excited to implement and expand these skills through an internship with Missouri Farm Bureau this summer. As an intern I’ll be growing my communication skills and working at the Missouri State Fair.

This will be the first summer that I haven’t spent carrying feed buckets to cattle, fixing fence, or showing livestock at fairs all around the area. A change that’s exciting, and I am sure I will have plenty to learn on the job!