Why are we thankful for IJGA?

This week, we have asked members of our staff to answers a couple of questions about why we are thankful to work at IJGA and what it means to be a part of the IJGA family. Check out what some of our student life team members, coaches, and support staff had to give thanks for this week.

Full Name: Ryley Hendry

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Years at IJGA: 13

Home Country: Canada

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I am thankful to learn how effective team work is, with all areas of the program working together (from student life, golf, admin, college placement, mental training, performance training) we are able to effectively develop the students for the next step in their lives, and also let’s not forget the student and their family as part of our team as well.   We see the rewards in our team work daily and especially when we hear from past students!

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

Seeing the students’ progress is my favorite thing about my job.  It is great to see the success students have, whether it is in language, golf, academics or even a life goal.   Working with those who share my passion for golf is also another aspect I am very thankful for.

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I am thankful for the role models that the students are.  I am so happy to be able to bring my daughters around our IJGA students, they teach kindness, diversity and a real braveness!   I can already see my daughters looking up to the IJGA students and cheering on their hard work for successes.   The students make us proud every day whether it is early signing successes, showing accountability, shooting their best score, hitting a test score, having a personal best or learning a life lesson, every little step means something.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

I think the students learn about a lot about diversity and friendship. The stories of students getting to travel the world to visit their IJGA friends always puts a smile on our face.
The students also see how hard work and attitude play an important role in success.

More from Ryley: What makes a junior champion?


Full Name: Meaghan O’Reilly

Job Title: Director of Communication and Event Management

Years at IJGA: 4

Hometown/Country: Fairport, NY

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

A lesson that I have learned that I am most thankful for is asking questions is never a sign of weakness. Asking questions keeps you current, eliminates wasted time and allows for a creative space.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is that every day presents a new adventure whether it is with a student, a tournament or a staff member. I also enjoy the team atmosphere at the IJGA. Team work makes the dream work.

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I have learned patients and motivation my individual passions. Watching our students fight for their goals is a real motivator. The determination that our students possess is contagious.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

Looking back as a former junior golfer I would say the students at the IJGA have an extremely large advantage. The best thing our students get out of being at the IJGA is being able to dedicate half of each day to their golf training and development as a player. Students are exposed to high pressure situations on and off the course at a young age which allows for a smoother transition into the college atmosphere both as an athlete and as a person.


Full Name: Shawn Mehring

Job Title: Director of Performance Training

Years at IJGA: 2

Hometown/Country: Annandale, New Jersey

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I am thankful that I have been granted the opportunity to continue my education and learn new ways to improve a junior golfers’ ability to move through different techniques to make their bodies more efficient.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

That I get to work with elite junior golfers on improving their golf game in a physical environment. Watching them learn, succeed, and have fun is what it is all about.

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I have learned that no matter where they are from, golf is the universal language that brought them to IJGA in order for them to create new friends, new challenges, and new opportunities for personal, and athletic, growth.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

That they get to meet students from around the world that share the same passions as they do.

Check out Shawn’s blog from last week- 5 Ways for Junior Golfers to Best Take Care of Their Bodies

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Full Name: Laurel Karper

Job Title: Assistant Director of Student Life

Years at IJGA: 4

Hometown/Country: Gettysburg, PA (United States)

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I am thankful for the support of great team members.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I enjoy working with such a diverse population of students.  I love hearing from them each day about their progress made in what they are seeking to accomplish whether it be on the course or in the classroom. I enjoy that we have the opportunity to blend those goals together to look at their future!

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

Enjoying the little things in life!

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

The best thing students receive from IJGA is a well-blended ability to manage their lives away from home all along while being supported by team members and parents. We truly want to see every student succeed! This means learning how to navigate through being a teenager and preparing for lifetime of learning!

TBT to our Student Life Blog from September


Full Name: Jared Steger

Job Title: Golf Coach

Years at IJGA: 1

Hometown/Country: Chicago, Illinois

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

As a former player, the transition to coaching taught me to be patient with the different ways that students learn and I am thankful to have learned how to effectively communicate the messages to help our students understand the skills we are teaching.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I enjoy seeing how much our students grow and develop.

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

There are so many different cultures represented at IJGA and I am thankful to have the opportunity to learn about each one of them and develop relationships with students from around the globe.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

IJGA creates a great environment for the students to grow and develop into young adults.

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Full Name: Taofeek Ibrahim

Job Title: Residential Instructor

Years at IJGA: 2

Hometown/Country: Linden, NJ

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with students from all facets of the globe.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my position is working and building strong-positive relationships with the students currently attending and that have attended IJGA. This is something I truly value. These students make sure every day at IJGA is unique and full of surprises.

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I learned that speaking English fluently is truly an asset and one should not take that for granted. This has motivated me to pursue a fourth language.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

The best thing students are getting out of IJGA is positive character development and a strong sense of self, apart from their golf skills that are developing as well.


Full Name: Barb Bausch

Job Title: Residential Coordinator

Years at IJGA: 3

Hometown/Country: Yorba Linda, CA

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

Students express their thankfulness in many different ways and to be open to seeing those differences

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

Watching the lightbulb flicker in students’ minds about what life asks of them and what it gives in return

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

Patience and persistence is a good platform to teach from.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

An opportunity to pursue excellence in golf, school and life in a very supportive environment.

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Full Name: Ashley Crim

Job Title: Residential Instructor

Years at IJGA: 1

Hometown/Country: Nashville, TN

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I learned that working with international athletes is challenging yet rewarding and helps me realize my own strengths and weaknesses.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

Learning new things about various cultures from the students.

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I have learned patience and understanding. I am thankful that I am more patient with those who don’t know English that well and that I am able to teach them.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

One of the best things students get out of being at IJGA is learning about new cultures. Learning about how others live and what life is like for those who live in other countries is invaluable information that can help them in their future careers.

Learn more about some of the students at IJGA.


Full Name: Bronson Crim

Job Title: Residential Instructor

Years at IJGA: 1

Hometown/Country: Benton, Kentucky

What lessons have you learned from working at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I am thankful to have been surrounded by a multitude of different cultures teaching me how to see the world around me.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

The students are the best thing about the job, every day.

What have you learned from the students at IJGA that you are thankful for?

I have learned patience and understanding. I am thankful that I am more patient with those who don’t know English that well and that I am able to teach them.

What do you see as the best thing students get out of being at IJGA?

Acclimating themselves to the academic culture of the states is an invaluable resource of IJGA.


 

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