I have some big decisions coming up, and I’d love some advice/comments from those more experienced than I.
I graduate from college next December with a Bachelor’s in Physics. During my time in college, I’ve spent two summers as a working student, once for my original trainer, where I mostly worked with our pony camp program, and as a groom. The other I spent in Florida, working as the barn manager/assistant trainer, where I also worked with their summer camp program, and well as teaching lessons, showing sale horses and running the farm while the main trainer was abroad for several week(this included mostly dealing with the care of the horses and having my own working student working under me). I also ride on my college’s nationally ranking IHSA team, and have attended IHSA nationals as a finalist for their horsemanship scholarship competition, as well as being a finalist for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, although I could not attend the finals. Here at school, I’ve also taught the first two levels of our riding PE program, and helped with team practices.
I’d been planning on attending graduate school and working towards my PhD in Biomedical Engineering. However, I recently got a job offer from my trainer I worked with through high school as an assistant trainer, and she also offered to help me build up my own program within her own, and possibly eventually going out on my own. This is actually the second offer I’d gotten, I also was offered a permanent spot at the facility in Florida I worked for, but I decided that Florida wasn’t the place for me to live full-time.
I could attend the university in the same town as this new offer and do my graduate work through them, but it’s not fantastically well known. I don’t want to give up on my academics, because I do love research. However, I had always wanted to go into the horse industry, I had just thought that I was never going to be able to accomplish it because I never had the money, the horses, etc. to actually get started and get the experience I needed. Now it seems like the opportunity has finally popped up and I’m very split on what I actually want to do with myself.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading my ramblings.