Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Magical World of Event Planning


From the life of this SmallTownGirl…

This semester, I am in an Event Planning class. I absolutely LOVE it, but not AT ALL for the reasons I thought I would.

When I got in the class, I thought it’d be a lot of lecture and teaching us what to do in planning events. I could not have been more wrong. There has been very little instruction, and A LOT of hand on learning. We’ve basically been thrown into the water in a sink or swim situation.

Thankfully so far I have managed to swim (even though I’m hopeless at swimming in real life). I have been able to take many event projects on and run with them, much to my surprise and much to the dl

This past weekend, my Event Planning class helped plan and sponsor a series benefit concerts helping the Ad Club at Oklahoma State. It was the Creative Lightening Awards Music Festival that was in honor of Monica Dudley. I was surprised by how involved I got in the event. I sat in on several meetings with the venue personnel, final set-up and miscellaneous meetings. I even impressed my teacher enough to be the only Executive member for the event that was not in Ad Club.

For me, this event was a real eye opener.  It let me see the ins and outs of what event planning really takes. It allowed me to become passionate about something that I would have never realized I would love doing. Had I not taken this class, I would have probably never been exposed to some of the experiences of planning an event that I now know how to do. I sure would’ve never been offered those type of opportunities in my hometown.

We’ll talk more next week. Until then, reach for the stars without forgetting about your roots.


The Tortures of the Foreign Languages


From the life of this SmallTownGirl…

A foreign language is something that most students need to have so they can graduate high school, college or both.

Unfortunately, I am a student that falls into this category. I had zero, ZERO foreign language in high school. They offered Spanish I my freshman year of high school over a TV chat, and then Chinese over the Internet my senior year. I didn’t have a chance to take any consecutive foreign languages; they simply weren’t offered at my school. To fulfill my requirements to graduate, I took computer classes instead.

While I enjoyed my computer classes and even learned a lot in them, they did not help me out very much in college. For my degree, I have to take 10 hours of foreign language to graduate because I didn’t have any foreign language credits from high school.

Being enrolled in a five-hour class that I know nothing about has been extremely taxing as a student with a full plate. I know it’s not necessarily my high schools fault that I didn’t have foreign language in high school, but it definitely is a disadvantage for required classes. If foreign languages classes are mandated for most majors in college, there needs to be more funds dedicated to that department.

I love my high school for many reasons, but being prepared for college is not one of them. I had some great times and memories from my high school days. I wish I had a few more memories that revolved around academics, but you can’t win all your battles. There’s a real need for more attention brought to the need for foreign language in schools, especially small, tight budgeted, rural school districts.

Small town life is great, but I’m always experiencing new things outside of it.

We’ll talk more next week. Until then, reach for the stars without forgetting about your roots.

Basketball: A Way of Life In Small Town USA


I know I’ve written about a lot of things that are happening in the agriculture world lately. While what happens in the agricultural world is still important to me, I think it’s more important to talk about how I’m adjusting to life outside of my hometown. Originally, that was what my blog was supposed to be all about. Somewhere along the way, I’ve fallen off course.

So to get back to where my life is at…

My family is extremely important to me. Always has been, always will be. I love my family more than anything in this world.

Another thing that I really enjoy is basketball. I’ve always enjoyed playing and watching games. From the time I was 6 months old, I’ve been attending basketball games at all levels.

I think it’s just one of those SmallTownThings. You simply play sports and show animals. Since the latter makes me sneeze uncontrollably, I took the athletic route. It’s like a town event every time there’s a home game of any sport. In my hometown, basketball games are especially packed.

While I enjoyed playing while I did, I’m glad that stretch of my life is over. I like playing for fun still, but things being on the line when you play, I don’t like that much anymore.

I’ve now passed the proverbial athletic torch down to my sister, Morgan. It’s kind of crazy how crazy I was about sports in high school. I would get fired up about a bad call and things like that on a regular basis. How I was in high school is NOTHING compared to how I feel at my sister’s games. I’m kind of a protective person so when I feel like someone is picking on my 5’7″ 11 year old “baby,” saying I get a little heated is putting it mildly.

I have enjoyed watching Morgan start school basketball this year. She has improved so much and I’m so proud of her. I mean she’s 11 so there’s always room to improve, but I think she’s headed off to a good start. She is going to love playing basketball as much as I did, I can already tell. She’s going to have a great SmallTownExperience because she will know what it’s like to feel the love of the fans in the stands when you’re playing on the court.

We’ll talk more next week. Until then, reach for the stars without forgetting about your roots.

Revolutionizing Farming One John Deere at a Time


Everyone has something they get excited about. For most people in small towns across the united states, it’s when a new make of farm equipment is introduced. Everyone covets the person in town who just happens to “need” a new tractor or combine when the new make is scheduled to come out.

John Deere just released the launch of the new 6R Series Tractors. This series replaces the 6030 Premium Tractors. While added comfort is a plus for farmers, the appeal of the tractors is the versatility of the tractors for the amount of horsepower they have. John Deere has added lots of fun, new gadgets like a touchscreen display and Adaptive Hydraulic Cab suspension.

While new tractors don’t make everyone jump for joy, it makes this small town girl fascinated. There’s nothing like seeing a new tractor drive down the road outside of town. The way tractors have progressed in recent years, it has made the life of farmers much more comfortable. Harvest is cut considerably quicker with the improvements in horsepower.