What is your previous work experience?
For the past four years, I've worked at two small public relations firms in Washington, DC. I specialized in opinion media -- writing and placing op-eds in newspapers and online outlets. I also worked on earned media campaigns for large organizations, getting their spokespeople interviewed by reporters at the top print, radio, and TV outlets. Many of my clients worked in areas related to the environment or forestry.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I decided to embark on a new career and the Nicholas School's interdisciplinary approach, respect from leading environmental organizations, and alumni network make it the ideal place to get the training I need. I was attracted by the school's view that an environmental education requires scientific, policy, and management knowledge.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am looking forward to taking advantage of everything the school has to offer. I'm excited to get involved in student clubs, go to professional conferences and events, and work on a master's project that has real-world implications. I'm excited to spend lots of time in the Duke Forest. Most of all, I'm looking forward to learning how to be a forester from great instructors.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I'm interested in forest conservation and restoration, particularly in areas with streams, rivers, or wetlands. I aim to take courses and seek experiences that give me the skills needed to further conservation and restoration efforts. I also would like to find ways to bring my communication skills to forestry and forest policy issues.
What plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I'd like to work with organizations that actively improve or protect forest lands, whether they be in the non-profit, government, or private sector. I'm especially interested in business ventures that aim to improve natural landscapes.