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I have had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time around the personnel at the Noble Research Institute. For this reason, I had been chomping at the bit since I was just a kid for my opportunity to intern here.
One of my projects while interning with the Noble Research Institute was a "mob," or high stock density grazing, simulation.
I did not have many expectations coming into the opportunity other than I had a feeling it was going to be great.
I have traveled a couple of miles in my short lifetime, but generally my time has been spent inside conference centers. This trip was a little different.
Nothing starts solid friendships like a box of beef jerky, a storm shelter, a water-logged computer and an obligatory selfie.
When Center for Pecan and Specialty Agriculture manager Charles Rohla asked me to help at this year's Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Convention, I was elated to expand my knowledge on this specialty crop.
I started off the summer more than 1,200 miles away from home, not knowing a single soul in Oklahoma. I am completing my final week at Noble with eight great new friends and countless mentors and contacts.
Recently 12 interns and three willing Noble employees embarked on a voyage to the bustling streets of Bricktown, an area of downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. As we drove to our destination in a caravan of white vehicles, I wondered what adventures were in store for us.
My high school cross country team always said we ran because putting one foot in front of the other was about all we could manage. Well, there's some truth to that saying, particularly for me. The numerous times I've tripped while running hurdles is proof enough.