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Undergraduate Student

Eliza Demere

Natural Resources Conservation

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016


At a very young age, I had a great affinity for the outdoors. I spent most of my waking hours exploring the woods surrounding my house. As a teenager, I was involved with a Venture Crew, an outdoor club for high- school-aged youth. I went on many incredible trips with the crew, including a week-long backpacking trip in the Wyoming backcountry, a nine-day canyoneering trip in Utah, and many local backpacking, canoeing, and climbing trips. These excursions made me an outdoor recreation enthusiast and gave me a passion for the stewardship of the natural resources I love and enjoy so much.

I chose Virginia Tech because I grew up in Blacksburg; therefore, I grew up a Hokie. I also chose Virginia Tech because the natural resources conservation and recreation management program perfectly matched my interests. The college incorporated my passion for recreation with environmental science. Finally, having been homeschooled, combining school with fun and play was natural and important to me. With my major, I can still have fun with school and blend play with learning.

The past few years, I worked summers at a Boy Scout camp, teaching outdoor skills to youth. I participate in several outdoor and conservation-related groups and organizations. I plan to continue to stay connected to the outdoor community and follow a career path that keeps me outside and allows me to instill a passion for the outdoors in others.

I enjoy leadership and have held leadership roles on the job, in school, and among friends. I hope the Leadership Institute will advance my abilities in dealing with others and in acting as a good leader. I hope to develop as a leader, a team member, and a person. In just the first three weeks of class, I gained many helpful insights and knowledge through the Leadership Institute. I cannot wait to see what else I will learn over the next year!

Area of Speciality

  • Conservation and Recreation Management

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List, 2011-14

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