I hope your 2018 is off to a great start and you are filled with excitement for the year ahead! I am a 2012 Terry Scholar from Cross Plains, Texas. I graduated high school and left my tiny hometown to move to Lubbock for my adventures as a Red Raider. My time at Texas Tech was possible because of the Terry Foundation, and I have made countless Terry friendships that will last me a lifetime. Because of the foundation I was able to study abroad in Paris and Italy, and participate in so many organizations at Texas Tech. One of my favorite experiences as a Terry was serving on the interview panel during my senior year. Learning about the process of scholar selection helped me to understand to a greater extent the impact that Mr. Terry has had on so many young lives. I am currently a second year medical student at TTUHSC. I am part of the FMAT program, so I will finish my last year of medical school in 2019 and begin my family medicine residency here in Lubbock- I guess you could say West Texas has grown on me!
I decided to tackle the new year with a new word (cheesy... I know!) This year my word is TENACIOUS. When considering on how this word can get me through the year I found that the word tenacious and Terry scholars have a lot in common, and I hope maybe you can use some of these qualities to tackle your goals for 2018!
1. Tenacious can mean persistent. For me, persistence is especially important during this season of my life. As I prepare to take my first board exam this June, I know that I am going to have to persevere through many months of preparation.... bring on the caffeine!
2. Tenacious can also mean patient- I often find myself feeling like I know nothing after a long day in clinic. I am reminded that success as a physician takes time and numerous years of experience. Nothing is easy at the start!
3. Lastly, tenacious can mean unshakable- this is going to be a tough one for me! Fearing failure has haunted me for as long as I can remember, and sometimes I let failure really "shake me up". I try to remind myself that failure is inevitable, it is a stepping stone. Success is born from failure. I hope that this year I can remain strong despite the failures I encounter along the way.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about life in med school, life in Lubbock, or just life in general (still trying to figure it all out)! Terry on and wreck 'em!!
As most of you know, Mr. Howard Terry was quite the athlete! Not only was he a superior high school football player, he established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the UT football team. I personally believe that Mr. Terry would have fit in well with any of the Terry committees, but I bet he would have appreciated the intramurals committee the most. I say this not because he was an athlete, but because Mr. Terry was all about leadership, teamwork, and participation. Each of these qualities can be found on the court, field, or whatever medium the event calls for. Most of the attributes that are associated with playing an intramural sport are the very ones The Foundation asked of us when we interviewed, such as giving back our time to represent the organization. Not only that, participating in a team sport is an excellent outlet for academic frustrations or simply to get some exercise. A healthy body is a healthy mind!
As far as my own experience playing intramurals, I found it to be both rewarding and challenging! There is nothing like the feeling of winning a well fought game of football, basketball, soccer, etc. but there are lessons to be learned from a loss as well. Most importantly, the goal is to have fun with people whom we care about and want to see succeed. Although I injured my knee during a flag football game, I still stood on the sidelines to cheer my fellow Terrys on! Even after the injury, I plan on returning to some game-play because of the environment, atmosphere, and of course, the Terrys. I encourage y’all to participate and I hope to see you out there!
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What I have gained from Meat Judging
To my option, I am already attending the best school in the country with the most recognizable Agriculture program known to the world. Not to brag about our Animal Science program but we are surrounded by the best of the best in their respective subject. Our Animal Science program has a great culture, a magnificent environment, and we are all family. Those are the exact reason why I choose to pursuit Meat Judging; I knew I was going to be around the best of the best.
First and foremost, Meat Judging has been around since the 1920s. The concept of Meat Judging is to train individuals to distinguish differences in the relative value of various meat cuts. However, the beneficial value of involvement goes much further than determining the compositional and quality differences of carcasses.
When I decided to try Meat Judging, I had no idea as to what I was getting myself into and how it will help me with my overall goal of helping third world countries with their food supply. I am majoring in Animal Science Meat Science Business Option because I have a goal to achieve and learning about Agriculture will help me achieve that goal. The remarkable thing about Meat Judging is you do not need prior experience to be part of the Meat Judging Team, but the experience is always good. When I started judging meat I did not have any experience therefore everything was new to me.
Even though my knowledge for Meat Judging was extremely limited, I was in the best Agriculture department in the country with the best coaches, teachers and most of all I had the smartest and greatest teammates anyone could ever ask. Over the past year and a half, my teammates and coaches have spent a lot of time together. Therefore, we became a family. We are the 2017 Texas Tech Meat Judging family. It was a blessing and a pleasure to spend all those endless hours of practice and road trips. I had some of the best moment of my life around my teammates, and my coaches.
We won the Internation Meat Judging contest due to the greatest coaches that we could ever ask for, but Texas Tech also had some of the best Meat Judgers that ever step foot in the cooler. It was beyond words as to how impress I was to see the best of the best maintaining their level of excellence. I was truly blessed to be part of this great and unbelieve team.
Additionally, the purpose of Meat Judging is to win ultimately. Overall, winning is just a small part of the Meat Judging. Judging has prepared me for the future, waking up at 4 AM in the morning will get me ready for the workforce or graduating school, evaluating the carcasses and various beef cuts have improved my attention to details as it pertains to my homework, my exams, or how I prepare myself on a daily basis. I am a part of the agriculture world, and the focus that I have in small detail can either save a life or someone may lose their life because of my error.