I have been in Manhattan, Kansas for a few days at a farming conference. It was a great learning opportunity to hear about risk and profit, land values, employees and farm policy in Washington, D.C.
I didn’t get to attend all the breakout sessions but loved listening to the President of the University.
He spoke with passion about how there has been a great drop in enrollment since 2018 and how to engage the youth to come to Kansas State University or college at all.
He spoke of branding, of engaging two year colleges, of offering in state tuition to those with above average grades, and many more ideas he has taken from other successful colleges.
It was passion you couldn’t fake. He believed in engaging with Extension offices throughout our state and, in particular, the hispanic students of western Kansas.
Some may say four year college isn’t necessary but he is one of many universities working to keep growing.
And maybe certification programs for those from ages 22-81 (example).
What I took from it was it is very easy to look at the past and say this is how it’s been done, this is how it should be done.
But life is about change, about adapting, about seeing the needs in front of you and making them opportunities.
If you see something not working in your life, do you try to get back to what it was or do you adapt to the new way?
To continually grow and make the most out of this life, we need to adapt. In some ways I am a creature of habit.
Coffee in the morning, get my daughter off to school, chores, work and sometimes a walk with a friend.
As we are over the halfway mark for this year, can you stop and ask yourself what have you changed this year? What have you learned? What did you decide to do differently?
And if that didn’t work out because life happens, then what are you doing with that information now?
I read more this year than I have in many years. It was a goal I set and surpassed. I set out to complete five minutes of Spanish a day and I was doing well until the county fair when it became almost impossible. So I need to get back into that.
And for my daughter’s 4-H sheep project, we grew and learned. We did some things better and have a ton more to learn. But we got to see some progress.
How about you? Where are you? Is it time for change? Is it time to look at what is working and what isn’t?
Maybe this is a reminder that life is short. Do you want to make the most out of the time here? I hope you have an opportunity to look around, decide what is important, make a change where you can, help someone, create something in your life that brings you joy.
Get back to something you love.
As the US Marines say, Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.
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