If you are a frequent guest of A Western Affair, you have most likely seen me wandering around with a fluff ball in my arms before dinner, allowing each guest to fall hopelessly in love with one of the most popular auction items, a border collie puppy. It has always been my job to parade the fluff ball around one last time in front of guests as the bellowing auctioneer attempts to coax bidders to throw up their cards just one more time. Fast forward a few years and I am now 16, entering my junior year of high school at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California. On top of my fluff ball duties, I now possess the official title of Communications and Events Summer Intern at the California Rangeland Trust. The title comes with bragging rights, a few pens, an alarm clock, and of course my very own cubicle.
I originally took this internship simply hoping that when I included it on my college applications to colleges such as Cal Poly and Gonzaga it would make me look cooler than I am. But after just one week, I have come to understand just how awesome this opportunity is. I get to blog, post on social media, and take a few kids out to ranches with our partner Raley’s, which you will learn more about soon. Though I am currently very torn between colleges, I know I would someday like to have a career in either science or communications. Perhaps someday I will end up doing something similar to my internship at Rangeland Trust. I’d really like to write for a living, but as my mom says, every writer has to have a day job before they get famous. In the long run, I want to make some sort of difference in the world. Whether it is just changing one person’s opinion on a matter, or winning the Nobel Peace Prize, I want to be part of making this world the best it can be. And of course, one day I would like a fluff ball of my own.
Alexandra will be working the communications and events staff to blog, post on social media, help coordinate events and to help develop a strategy for teaching the next generation about cowboy conservation. We are excited to have her on the team.