Time Traveling through my NCBA Experiences

I never really imagined what it would be like to get involved with a cattlemen's organization bigger than the student club on campus. I was happy organizing campus events and dreaming of running for president someday. But then as a sophomore in college, I discovered there was such a thing as a convention intern - and I'd already become a really big fan of attending conferences. How cool would it be to get involved with a national organization and see the other side of a large event? I wasn't chosen as a sophomore, but it didn't stop me from trying again the next year.

Flashback to junior year: I was pacing around my good friends' apartment, on the phone with a woman who would determine if I'd be selected as one of eighteen outstanding college students to represent the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) as a convention intern.

Rewind to a year ago: I was arriving at the Phoenix airport giddy with excitement to meet other students from across the United States who were also serving as interns. It was my first real encounter with NCBA and I had no idea how big the impact would be.

Jump back to July: I was driving down the road and heard a notification on my phone (yes, I know, I shouldn't have looked at it while driving) and saw it was an offer to join the NCBA Marketing Ambassador team. I won't lie - I screamed in the car and called my best friend to celebrate. I had applied to this position as a sophomore before I'd even considered being an intern. Beef and social media - awesome!

Looking at today: I'm about three weeks away from visiting New Orleans for the 2019 Convention. I've never been to Louisiana, and I'm excited to take my best college friend with me to explore the trade show, eat beef and gain knowledge. In the coming weeks, I'll continue to share posts and create my own to spread the excitement for New Orleans.

Fast forward to the convention: I can't know for sure how this convention will unfold, but I know it will be beneficial. I will make new connections, maybe meet a potential employer. I will put a real face, not just profile photos, to the individuals on the ambassador team. I will wear my new fancy boots and jeans and probably dance and drink just a little, too.

Throughout all past, present and future involvement with NCBA, I've conquered doubts, found creativity and met really amazing people. It has been a critical opportunity for me as a college student and I can't wait to see what 2019 will have in store for my NCBA involvement. I hope you'll get involved too (if you haven't already!)


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