Chelsea Greenhaw, a senior in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology – Conservation Biology concentration, came to NC State for the opportunity to focus on her interest in wildlife and conservation as well as the hands on training offered here. Her specific interests are environmental education, landowner education and wildlife conservation.
She spent two years at Alamance Community College, then one year taking classes at both institutions, and then spent the last two years here at NC State. At the community college, she was able to take her general education courses, which allowed her to focus on major coursework in her last two years. The Fisheries and Wildlife Summer Camp was a highlight of her time at NC State. She values being completely immersed in the experience, learning a wide range of skills and the opportunity to see a good part of the state.
During her first year at NC State, Chelsea participated in a Spring Break study abroad trip to Nicaragua with the College of Natural Resources and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. There, she learned about wildlife management and sustainability on coffee plantations, and aided in an ongoing research project looking at neotropical migrant birds. The opportunity to experience the natural resources and culture of another country made this another highlight of her time at NC State.
In addition to coursework, Chelsea helped plan the College of Natural Resources 85th Anniversary Celebration, a chance to utilize her organizational skills to celebrate the history of the fields within natural resources while also networking with the many people involved in the program. She also received funding to attend the Children in Nature Network Conference, which led to her starting an after school nature education program in Chapel Hill.
Currently, Chelsea has a paid internship at the Neighborhood Ecology Corps for middle school students in southeast Raleigh. She organizes and leads activities in wildlife, forestry, and environmental education, and in general helps enable these students to succeed at new things. She also works part-time doing administrative tasks in the department.
Her advice to those considering attending a community college, then transferring to NC State: This is a great way to get prerequisites out of the way and figure out what you want to do while paying lower tuition. Once you get to NC State, living on or close to campus is recommended. Being a commuter is a challenge, especially since most of the clubs and extra-curricular activities meet at night.
Chelsea is graduating in May and is currently looking for both summer and full-time work. Her ideal job would tie together her interests in landowner and community education with outreach.