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Adam Christie

Senior, Forestry


I am not your typical forestry student. I grew up in England, where my father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. I spent my entire childhood in England, where the forest is a small part of the landscape. The English side of my family was very outdoorsy and spent most summers camping in the south of England or the north of France. In 2000 I was enrolled at The Kings School Ely, which has remnants of a military corps and a strong emphasis in the outdoor arts. While at Kings I was a part of the Duke of Edinburgh program, which teaches English youth about leadership, outdoor and survival skills, and community service.

My family moved to the United States in 2002 when my father retired from the military. I was a sophomore at the time and spent the following three years trying to adjust and sort out my transfer credits from England. Academically I didn’t really get anything out of high school, but my next endeavor would mold who I am today. In August 2005 I started an associate’s degree at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. After being at Kings I knew I wanted to have a career where I would be outside. I started the forest technology associate’s degree and instantly knew this was where I belonged. At Dabney I thrived as an individual, and became president of the forestry club and captain of the timber sports team. I graduated in 2007 and decided to continue my education and transfer to Virginia Tech. After a year and half of taking additional transfer classes, I started at Virginia Tech and felt at home straight away.

When I graduate I would like to pursue a career with the U.S. Forest Service. I have worked for the Forest Service for the past four summers. I love the variability of the job and love having the freedom to move around the country. I would like to start off by working on a fire crew where I would have the option to work on master’s degree from Virginia Tech in the off season.

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