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Julianna Langlois: "4-H creates the perfect atmosphere for you to try something new."

Julianna Langlois recently completed her final year of Minnesota 4-H. She grew up in Hermantown, Minnesota and was a member of two South Saint Louis County 4-H clubs, the Fireflies and the Hurricane Hooves.

Julianna with her rabbit at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair
Her absolute favorite part of 4-H was being a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador for two consecutive years. "I learned so much about myself and it really steered my life in the direction I want to go. I learned how to interact with others and plan events with different groups of people in mind," Julianna said. Another highlight was from this past State Fair, when she placed 5th in rabbit showmanship out of dozens of passionate competitors.

Julianna uses the 4-H pledge to guide her almost every day, whether she realizes it or not right at the moment. "I’m always using my head to have clearer thinking. Whether it be about my future plans, my classes, or my friends, I try to wisely resolve any issues that come up. I use my heart to remain loyal to my friends in college. For my hands in service, I involve myself in some clubs at college and we are required to do at least two community service events. As for my health, I try to influence a healthy lifestyle to those around me," reflected Julianna.

Julianna is in her second year at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, studying Equine Science and Agriculture Business. Thinking ahead, she is still working on a professional plan for herself. "I want to explore the horse show world more to see what it entails. I am thinking along the lines of managing a show barn and giving riding lessons. In my 4-H career, I really learned that I like to teach and that I like to do the paper work type of stuff too, like keeping records, especially for my livestock." In order to further explore this potential career, Juliana is involved several local clubs including in the Women’s Equestrian Team, the Hunt Seat team, and the Crookston Rodeo Club.

South Saint Louis County 4-H
Minnesota Meats Competition 
Courageously trying new and challenging things is Julianna’s main advice for younger 4-H members. "Always try something new. One thing that I have learned is that in 4-H, everyone is always nice and supportive. You can always find fun, happy, and motivating people to hang around. 4-H creates the perfect atmosphere for you to try something new. If you fail or don’t do as well as you had hoped, you tried. Always put in the work and always try to make yourself and those around you better every day."

Julianna credits Minnesota 4-H with helping to shape her into the person she is today, and thinks that it is very important to support the organization as an alum. "Minnesota 4-H is a very important and influential organization in a young person’s life."  In 4-H, youth build irreplaceable life skills like interviewing, applying for scholarships, and running efficient meetings, that are necessary for success in college and career. "Without Minnesota 4-H, we wouldn’t be able to have successful and hardworking youth like we do today."

Thanks to Julianna for sharing her alumni story with us. We’re proud to be a part of her journey!

By Laura Wyatt
Minnesota 4-H Foundation
Student Worker

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