My name is Kathleen Robinson but most people know me as Kat. I am nineteen years old and a sophomore here at Butler. I am originally from Pilot Point Texas! And yes I do have the typical Texas mentality in thinking it is the greatest state on earth but I guess Kansas is okay too lol! I love making/designing jewelry however my real passion is with livestock which is actually what brought me here to Kansas.
I grew up showing livestock, mostly cattle and hogs, and I was also on a livestock judging team since I was 9 years old. It has always been my dream to be on a competitive collegiate livestock judging team so where better to go than Butler community college, one of the most successful collegiate teams in the nation. I have absolutely loved my first year here and have never been so sure about any decision I have made other than the one I made two years ago to come here to Butler.
On a recent practice visit to a state fair, I saw first hand why I chose Butler as a college and why my coach is absolutely the best at what he does. After having judged classes all morning, our coach told us to get lunch or take a break. We thought he would be doing the same. Later, I walked to arena to watch the livestock show and I see my coach—judging the show! Immediately following the show, he came back and started setting up more classes and judging practice resumed.
Never did he seem frustrated or exhausted with what he was doing. In fact, we judged on into the night and he remained as interested in what was going on as if he had just begun! It all can be summed up in one word—dedication! Our coach is so good at what he does, because he loves what he does. I found a quote that I think sums it up.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~Albert Schweitzer. Another lesson learned at livestock judging practice—this time by example!