KATY (Covering Katy News) – It’s hard to imagine life with only one full arm and one hand, just buttoning your shirt while getting dressed in the morning would be a very difficult task. But Cinco Ranch High School senior Jennifer Lindgren, 17, lives every day with those challenges and they have not slowed her down.
Long before most of us have buttoned our shirts and gotten dressed for the day, Lindgren has already been to the barn to feed and care for her Lamb named Loo. Her day starts at 4:30 a.m.
“Getting up at 4:30 every morning is definitely hard,” Jennifer said. She also admits it has become a defining part of her high school experience.
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“We see our animals get so excited every time we walk into the barn. They run and jump up on the gate. They know food is coming their way,” Jennifer said.
Four months ago she was paired with her Lamb named Loo. She says the whole FFA experience has been special.
Jennifer is a leader, she’s president of the Cinch Ranch Chapter of the FFA. This past week was her fourth and final Katy Livestock Show and Rodeo competition. She and Loo came in third place.
For Jennifer, being a part of FFA is more than just about raising animals. It’s a way of life that she’s enjoyed during her four years at Cinco Ranch High School.
“Go to the barn, see our animals, and escape any problems that we may have,” she said.
Jennifer transferred to Katy during Junior High School. She and her family moved here from Sweden. She speaks Swedish and English.
She is melancholy about her final livestock show performance. Jennifer says she will miss FFA after she graduates and moves on to the next chapter of her life. She was born with her disability; something that she’s successfully navigated her entire life. The next challenge is saying goodbye to her FFA family.
“I’m saying goodbye to this whole family as we separate across the country to go to college and the teachers who have been amazing support systems throughout high school,” she said. “It’s a hard goodbye. This has been my family for the past four years and I’m leaving them.”
And she’s leaving what will likely be a once in a lifetime experience.
“Not only am I saying goodbye to my family but I’m saying goodbye to the entire experience of raising animals. Chances are I’m never going to do this again and it’s been such a big part of my life,” she remarked.
Jennifer will attend Texas A&M in the fall while her younger sister Lori carries on the family’s FFA tradition.
Jennifer created the YouTube video at the top of this page. It is titled A Day in the Life of FFA. She was also featured by KTRK Channel 13 and that video is below.