“Life will give you tests, always walk through the open door,” Nancy Irlbeck, Associate Dean at Colorado State University, told the National Junior Swine Association members during the National Youth Leadership Conference.
Those members took opportunities and walked through doors when they made the choice to attend the leadership conference, held in Ft. Collins, Co. on April 10-12. While at the conference, attendees were able to meet peers and learn about the swine industry by listening to knowledgeable professionals and mentors.
Communication skills were strengthened through practicing possible conversations with people wanting to learn more about the pork industry. Interests were broadened when the group toured a feed lot that held over 75,000 head of cattle and stomachs were filled as the students tasted delicious pork ribs after they learned about various stations of food processing at JBS headquarters. Advice was given as panel discussions were held, allowing the members to ask questions and learn from others experiences. The biggest take away was the inspiration that was given to the members, to go out and change the world.
Each time you go beyond your comfort zone, you gain something. These students walked through a door of opportunity and gained new friends, a wealth of knowledge, and a great experience. Everyone was reminded that the next time a door opens for you, don’t just walk- run.