The True Spirit of 4-H: Rinske van der Steege’s Story

Submitted by: Rinske van der Steege, member of Norfolk 4-H

Rinke’s story reminds us of how 4-H can help you with any journey you may be on, personal, educational or career, our program can help you achieve your dreams.

Hi! My name is Rinske, and I am a first year student at the University of Guelph in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program. 4-H has been one of the best experiences of my life. It has given me the opportunities to build and develop my leadership skills, as well as creating ever-lasting friendships. 4-H has contributed to my education inside and outside of school. This year I was able to completely pay my first year of university through scholarships because of 4-H. From 4-H Canada, I won the Weston Family scholarship, and within Ontario, I won the Angelo and Frank Argo Undergraduate scholarship. I also won a few leadership scholarships such as the OAC’ 51 Leadership Scholarship and the local Federation of Agriculture and Crop & Soil Improvement Association scholarships. Within school I am on the class of 2021 executive team. Currently, more than half the team (of 14) are 4-Hers, from Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia. We work well together to organize events and represent our year.  My favourite part about being a 4-H’er is that you never know what you are getting yourself into. When I first joined 4-H to show dairy, I had no idea that I would have the opportunity to show at the Royal Winter Fair, attend awesome leadership camps or youth lead the dairy club. Thank you 4-H for shaping me the way I am today!