Valentine's Day allows us to count all that brings us joy. During this day, let us count the ways
rural Wisconsin fills our hearts!
The first thing most, if not all, will say when asked what they love best about rural Wisconsin, will be the strong sense of community. Even though neighbors are not always visible, they know each member of their community and are always willing to lend a helping hand. Growing up in a rural community has been described by WROF scholarship recipient Bethany Bulgrin as always
having a cheering section behind you, an entire community that knows and supports you. It's akin to having a built-in family. Having this kind of network has inspired WROF scholarship recipients to stay close to their rural roots, and to give back to the people and communities who have helped them succeed.
Living and working in rural communities can develop a strong work ethic, which is also often cited. "Individuals who come from rural communities are instilled with a hard work ethic, kindness, and appreciation for others from a young age,"
says WROF scholarship recipient Reggie Curtis. This learned work ethic can be relied upon throughout a lifetime.
With nature center stage, its benefits are widely shared and enjoyed. Being so close to nature and without the busyness typically found in cities, rural residents enjoy its peacefulness and slower pace of life. Being outdoors offers a variety of ways to enjoy nature throughout the whole year, whether through sport or quiet contemplation. Its beauty is a real treasure, unlike
any that other states can offer. There is nothing like viewing the welcoming emerald greens of fields below on a plane homeward bound to Wisconsin.
What's your favorite part about living in rural Wisconsin? Share with us on our Facebook page or by emailing [email protected]
Happy Valentine's Day!