A City Girl in Boots – Samantha Andrews

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Never would I have pictured myself working on a farm, helping to take care of 7 horses, 8 ponies, 2 goats, and a mini horse. I say this because I have always been a city girl; I grew up in San Diego, California. The most animal interaction I got before the start of my internship was with my 6-pound Chihuahua – Pumpkin! Even though I have no previous experience with large animals or doing any sort of manual labor, I felt something special when I made my first visit and decided that I could learn to love the farm life because it would be worth the opportunity to work for such an amazing organization.

I first visited Storybook because I was looking for an internship for my Human Development and Family Studies major. Storybook caught my interest because of their mission to heal children through the use of animals, free of cost. I knew I wanted a placement where I could gain experience helping children facing life challenges. Pulling up to Storybook, I immediately fell in love with its stunning environment of beautiful horses mixed in a vast space of green, pure nature.  Then

I got introduced to the staff here, and I can honestly say that I have never met such genuine, selfless people. I left with excitement and a positive feeling that I could be spending my next semester working at Storybook.  After my visit, I still had a couple more interviews and visits lined up at different organizations around the area before I could make my final decision. Even though the other places I looked into interning at also had great missions, I just had a different connection with Storybook and loved the fact that I would be working outside with nature while also pursuing my passion of helping children.

I am now about three weeks into the job now, and this has already been the most unique experience of my life. Every day I’m learn something new about horses, and the hard work that goes into taking care of them. They are amazing creatures, with each one having a different personality and I love getting to know each and every one of them. Now that I am getting used to working with the horses, I am eager to see them interact with the children and witness their healing abilities.

My internship at Storybook is already an unforgettable experience, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the semester brings!

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