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Before I left home to head to Ardmore, I was told numerous times that I needed a boat in order to get around. I didn’t take much heed to this advice, though I almost needed to.
Even if just for a summer, it took a lot for a true, native Texan like me to cross the Red River and move to Oklahoma. However, I was excited to begin my summer at The Noble Research Institute in Ardmore.
"So you made a theoretical plan for raising theoretical goats for a theoretical cooperator?" asked Luke Braswell, Noble Research Institute photographer, one evening as we were doing a Rural Life Team photo shoot. Though the plan and goats may not have been real, the time, effort and lessons I learned this summer from the Rural Life Plan project were definitely real.
Moving to the West (Midwest as I am corrected fairly often enough now), I knew, would be an experience for me. One that I will look back upon in the future and think, "Wow, did I really do that? Was that real?"
Courtney Hemphill and Alyssa Sheppard talk about the importance of animal welfare to farmers and ranchers.
Looking back at what I've accomplished this summer, I must say I feel like the last few weeks have been the most beneficial.
As my time at the Noble Research Institute comes to an end, I can't help but think back on all I have had the opportunity to do this summer.
We packed up our bags on a mini road trip to some of Texas' biggest cities over the Fourth of July weekend.