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Kalena Comer

Junior, Wildlife Science

Minors: Forestry, Biology


I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I lived until the age of 3. From there, I spent most of my childhood moving up and down the East Coast, as both of my parents were in the military. We moved from Hawaii to Jacksonville, N.C., and then to Virginia Beach. At the age of 8, I moved to Chincoteague Island off the coast of the Eastern Shore, which is where my love for anything and everything natural resources began. Between hikes in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and swimming off the shores of Assateague National Seashore, I developed a vast appreciation for our natural resources and felt a deep-seeded need to protect them. At the age of 10, I moved one final time back to Virginia Beach, where I graduated from the Math and Science Academy at Ocean Lakes High School.

When I first arrived at Virginia Tech, I was a biology major. As I got more involved with my classes and major, I realized that it just was not for me. I started looking at other majors when I stumbled across wildlife science. The more I read about it, the more I kept thinking, “This is the major I need to be in.” I transferred less than a day after finding the major and haven’t looked back since.

The one thing that was consistent in the changing scenery of my childhood was being near the ocean. I grew up saltwater fishing, surfing, swimming, and doing anything I could in the water. I love everything in the outdoors, and spend much of my free time during breaks camping and hiking. This past summer, I worked with Dominion Power as a forestry intern. After graduation, I hope to continue my education at Virginia Tech and earn an M.S. in wildlife science.

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