What did 4-H teach you? Listen to others and be a better presenter and public speaker, as that is something I use regularly in my pro- fessional job every day. There is always something to be done or someone you can help, so there shouldn’t be time for you to complain about things or people. Just learn to be a team player! I’ve gained leadership skills that I’ve used beyond high school, into college, and in my professional life. How do you keep the 4-H motto—“To Make the Best Better”—now? I’m always striving to be the best person and professional that I can be for myself and my students. I try to make sure their voices are heard and encour- age them to put their best foot forward and create programs and events that are better than the previous ones. This allows them to grow and make the best better. How did 4-H contribute to your leadership skills? Being involved with 4-H was the first time that I had held leadership positions, first in my local club, and later on in the New London County Fair Association. It taught me how to work with others on projects, delegate, and achieve a goal. It also helped me understand some budgeting and historical record keeping skills. Why should young people join 4-H? It is a great way to get involved in the community and give back. 4-H also teaches you many life skills that can carry over into your personal life and profes- sional life down the line. I still keep in touch with many people that I met through 4-H. Erin Morrell 4-H Alumni Hometown: New Haven, CT Involvement: New London County 4-H Alumni Education: Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree from Fairfield University Current Employment: Associate Dean at Albertus Magnus College Edited by Stacey Stearns Contact Nancy Wilhelm, Program Coordinator, Extension, Storrs, CT nancy.wilhelm@uconn.edu 860-486-4127 4-H.uconn.edu 2017 HIGHLIGHTS OF EXTENSION 21