I have done interviews before but not one that I was emotionally attached to. 4-H is the only thing that I finished. I was one of those kids that wanted to do many activities but once I was in them, I would get bored and quit.
Not 4-H though. For some reason I was really good at it. Working with the animals and the horticulture made my day exciting. I actually looked forward to the county fairs and the competitions.
So when I had to interview Dr. Marilyn Norman, the state 4-H representative and UF faculty member, I had a hard time keeping my composure.
At the beginning of the interview, I was fine. We were talking about 4-H and ties to the University of Florida. Then I asked her the question that did it in for me. “What can 4-Hers walk away with?”.
Dr. Norman said 4-Hers get a sense of belonging, they develop life skills, they gain independence, and they learn what generosity is.
I always knew that 4-H gave me a lot but those four things did not connect for me until she said them. Right then I started to cry. We actually had to stop the interview so I could gather myself.
The interview went fine from that point. I learned a lot of new things about 4-H and the history of the organization. It was a good experience even if it had an embarrassing moment.