Major & specialization area:
Forestry with options in Forest Management & Forest Restoration and Fire
Why did you choose your degree program/major?
When I committed to going to OSU, I knew I wanted to pursue a degree that would lead to a job working outdoors and when I discovered that OSU’s Forestry program happened to be the #1 in the country, it was an easy decision to make. I knew I could always transfer to a different degree if I didn’t like it, but I’ve never second-guessed my original choice.
What’s the best experience you’ve had as a student?
Field School was by far the most transformative and fun experience I had at college. I met so many cool people and spent two weeks outside learning real, tangible forestry skills both in the Willamette Valley and in Sisters, OR.
Have you participated in any experiential learning opportunities? How has this impacted your student experience?
In my Junior year, I went on a Spring break trip to the Patagonian region of Chile. I got scholarships from the College of Forestry that helped make it possible, and a lot of support/encouragement from faculty and professors. It was my first time going abroad and it was pretty transformative for me, both in terms of my education on forestry topics and learning about the culture and history of the area. The professor, Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke, his graduate student, Claudio Guevara, and many others put a lot of effort and thoughtfulness into organizing the trip which made it an incredible experience.
What are your plans after graduation?
For the next couple of years, I’m planning to alternate between seasonal field work jobs and traveling now that I’m done with school. Eventually, I hope to find a forestry company back in the PNW where I can start working at and continue learning.
What’s one thing that you would like incoming OSU students to know?
Keep your mind open because there are so many more paths you can take than the ones you know of. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professors/faculty in your college if you have an idea or goal you want to pursue; they are more than happy to help.
Have you received any scholarships from OSU or the College of Forestry? If so, what has it helped you accomplish?
I received several scholarships from OSU and the College of Forestry over my four years here that have made a huge difference for me financially. While I still had to work while being a student, it definitely reduced the burden of tuition, made my trip to Chile possible, and also allowed me to take several extra PAC classes such as Bush Craft, swimming, and dance classes for fun.
What are your go-to snacks?
I’ve always been a big fan of the West Dining Hall sandwiches-especially because of how close to Peavy they are.