Each month, the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources highlights a current student who represent the diverse and involved student population within the program. This month, October, the spotlight focuses on, Paige Green.
Name: Paige Green
Major and Concentration: Natural Resources – Ecosystem Assessment
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
1.What lead you to select your major at NC State?
During my senior year of high school, I received an invitation to the College of Natural Resources open house. I knew I wanted to come to State, but I got to learn all about the different majors in CNR, and Natural Resources seemed like the perfect fit.
2. What is your favorite aspect about your program?
The Natural Resources degree allocates 20 credit hours for electives related to the NR field, so you can tailor your degree to your specific interests. I am currently considering picking up a minor in Applied Ecology.
3. What has been your favorite course at NC State?
There are a lot of classes at NC State that I’ve enjoyed, but one of my favorites was Dendrology, where I learned identification and silvics of North American woody plants. It was extremely rigorous and challenging but it is definitely the class I’ve retained and used the most information from! I also am currently taking Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), where I am learning to use the ArcGIS software for map analysis and spatial modeling. It is a challenging class as well, but I am learning a lot of useful information and I’ve found that that is what makes a class enjoyable for me.
4. Tell us about your hands-on experience and will this experience prepare you for your future career?
This past summer, I went on a study abroad trip to Sweden, Germany, and the Czech Republic with Dr. Hess and Dr. Blank. We studied International Sustainable Resource Use and I did a focus project on urban growth. This trip and the project helped me realize that I am interested in urban ecology and want to study the implications of natural resource policy in that type of setting. I also encountered many unfamiliar cultures, which I think has proven useful to both my professional and personal growth.
5. What is something you wish someone had told you when you were a freshman?
I wish I would have gotten more involved as a freshman. Coming to college, I was shy and didn’t know many people so I placed all of my focus on making good grades and did nothing but homework and studying. Now, I still do my best in my classes, but I’ve realized that it’s also important to take time to do things outside of course work. I’ve learned that it’s best to find your own balance between school work and clubs/activities to maintain a satisfying lifestyle.
6. What is your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom?
I love singing and spending time in nature whenever possible. As far as singing goes, I was in choir all throughout grade school, and I am currently a member of NC State’s all-female a cappella group Ladies in Red. Regarding getting outside, I love hiking and camping. I enjoy visiting the numerous state parks in the area, whether it be for a weekend or just an afternoon.