Program of Study: Forest Sciences
Country of Origin: Oregon, USA
Why UBC Forestry?
I originally came to UBC through the Faculty of Science, but almost immediately learned about Forestry and made a quick switch. What pulled me into the faculty was the opportunity to get a degree that combined two of my greatest interests, biology and spending time outside. It also looked like a chance to develop the skills I would need to assess and maybe eventually influence policy regarding environmental issues. It seemed like the perfect place for me to learn about the world and still end up with qualifications for a job that got me outside regularly and kept me engaged. So far it seems like I was right.
Thoughts on UBC and Vancouver
I’ve had a great time getting to know such a wide array of passionate, excited people. It’s totally inspiring. This faculty has students and faculty from all kinds of different ideological backgrounds and ends up being an incredible forum for the discussion of all kinds of important issues. I’ve grown more as a person because of this than I ever could have predicted and I think it is one of the most important advantages of being in this faculty.
My plan after graduation is to look for a series of short-term jobs that will give me experience in as many different areas of ecology as I can get. Once I get a better idea of what I would like to study I’ll probably head off to grad school and eventually get my Ph.D.