Hometown Intern – Trinity Schardt

Name: Trinity Schardt
Hometown: Deshler, Nebraska
Affiliated Fund: Thayer County Health Services Foundation Fund
School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What do you love about your community? What are some of its greatest assets?
Thayer County is a community where everyone knows each other or at least knows a mutual person. It is so special to be in a community where there is always someone there for you when needed. Some of the county’s best assets are businesses, health care, and agriculture.

What made you want to pursue an NCF Hometown Internship?
I really wanted to be able to use what I have learned so far in college, and I wanted to be close to my hometown. I am pursuing a career in the healthcare field and would like to move back to rural Nebraska, so it is great to see firsthand the opportunities that are waiting for me back home.

What projects are you working on this summer?
I am working in several different areas of the hospital, which means I am working on many different projects. I am helping with the fun run that will take place on July 4th, educational meetings for businesses, challenges for employees, an organized nutrition information booklet for the kitchen, a display for nutrition, and I will be redoing different handouts for nutrition as well.

What do you hope to learn or experience?
I hope to learn more about the health care system in a small-town setting as well as about other small communities in Nebraska.

How would you describe the opportunity so far?
So far, this has been an eye-opening and educational opportunity. I grew up in Deshler, so I have been a patient at Thayer County Health Services since I was little. This summer I am getting an opportunity to see it from a completely different perspective.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future of your hometown?
I hope for the population to stay steady, small schools to remain open, businesses to be maintained and to increase in number, and for the small community to stay safe and rooted in important values.

What are you looking for in a place to call home?
What I am looking for in a place to call home is faith, core values, safety, being close to family and friends, a supportive community, and job opportunities. Like most small towns in Nebraska, I believe that my hometown and Thayer County in general, does have all of these great qualities and is a great place to live and raise a family.

Could you see yourself living in Greater Nebraska in the future?
Yes, I could see myself living in Greater Nebraska in the future. I loved growing up in a small community and appreciate the small schools, businesses, churches, and close-knit communities. I would be very happy living in and raising my family in a small town in Nebraska.

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