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Joining Block and Bridle made Befort's college experience a success

28 May 2015

Going to college can be nerve wracking and a little scary but joining clubs makes it easier for some students to meet friends and get involved.

“I had 19 students in my high school so it was a little nerve wracking to come to college and meet people,” said Trey Befort, a 2008 Pratt Community College graduate and Skyline High School graduate.

Befort said joining Block and Bridle was what made going to college easier. At the first meeting he didn’t know what to expect but met a lot of people who had similar interests and helped him to work on his social skills.

Each year Block and Bridle goes to the National Convention, which Befort said created some of his best college memories and allowed him to visit parts of the country he hadn’t seen. Befort, who was an Animal Science major, said it was interesting to see how agriculture works in the different areas and gain respect for different types of farmers.

After graduating from PCC, Befort went on to Kansas State University, where he said he also joined Block and Bridle.

“I wouldn’t have got involved in it if I had started at K-State,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what it was but got talked into going to the first meeting and then realized I liked the people and had fun.”

Along with being in Block and Bridle, Befort was also an Above and Beyond scholar. The Above and Beyond Scholarship is the highest achievement students can get coming into PCC and is given to students who show leadership and academic success through their high school career.

Befort took enough college courses during his high school career that he was able to graduate from PCC after just three semesters.

“Even though I wasn’t there as long as some people, I really enjoyed my time at PCC,” he said. “The small classes were nice after going to a small high school. I got to know a lot of my professors and felt comfortable asking questions in class.”

The best advice Befort said he can give a student in college is to get involved and get to know your classmates and professors.

“Those connections are some you will have for a lifetime,” he said. “The people I met at PCC are still some of the people I am closest to.”

Along with it being important to get to know people, Befort said his advisor and professors did a great job of getting him prepared for the next level and made it easier for him to decide where to go after PCC.

Befort now works at the American Herford Association in Kansas City.

In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and going to K-State sporting events.