I grew up in constant change. As part of a military family, we moved around the world, from Germany to Hawaii and many states in between. Early on, I developed the ability to adapt to the situations that we temporarily occupied. While faced with the difficult challenges of moving, I embraced the opportunity to learn about the various cultures of where we lived. I cherish the chance I got to explore, which now feeds into my passion for studying the environment and continuing to expand my own experiences.
Virginia Tech welcomed me in July 2013 for Summer Academy and will see me off in May 2017. While here, countless doors were opened to me, and I am content with the one I selected to the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Guided by the experienced professors here, I learned to put names to trees, identify wetlands, quantify forests, examine population impacts through GIS, turn data into manageable information, and communicate these findings to others. Through my courses, I developed skills in the eld and in the lab, and enhanced my ability to communicate. My classes here changed how I view and interact with the world.
Embracing the experiences and chances to develop myself, I took part in any opportunity I could. I served the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society as the conclave chair my junior year and continue as the treasurer in my senior year. One of my proudest involvements was helping as a teaching assistant for the dendrology lab my junior year. This past summer, I interned with the Virginia Big Tree Program. This wonderful experience helped me develop my ability to communicate with others and to manage the measurements from big trees across Virginia. I cherish giving time to the college and learning from these unique experiences.
Despite an ever-changing future, I know that what I learned has prepared me for it. I look forward to continuing my academic career by attending graduate school. My goal for my future career will combine my majors to work in the field, in labs, and communicate the information collected and analyzed.