Each month, Forestry and Environmental Resources highlights a current student who represent the diverse and involved student population within the department. This month, November, the spotlight focuses on, Trevor Setzer.
Name: Trevor Setzer
Major: Forest Management
Minors/Concentration: Economics and Finance
Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
1. What lead you to select your major at NC State?
Inspired by my passion for outdoor recreation and directed by my will to create value for the environment and society, I was lead to select Forest Management at NC State because I realized that the curriculum, faculty, and learning environment would provide me with an unrivaled opportunity to not only make a career out of what I enjoy, but emerge as a leader and professional while doing so.
2. What is your favorite aspect about your program?
The most enjoyable aspect of the forest management program for me is the availability of hands-on experience. With NC State’s vast assemblage of forestland and timberland, any student involved with natural resources has the opportunity to translate their knowledge attained in the classroom directly to the field to be put into perspective and practice. This invaluable asset differentiates the forest management program at NC State from similar programs, in that students graduate with practical experience that employers highly favor.
3. What has been your favorite course at NC State?
My favorite course at NC State has been Forest Economics (FOR 319). With a case-method approach, Forest Economics inspires students to utilize their creativity to realize objectives. The analytical framework of the course enabled me to realize the importance of detail, and provided me with opportunity to exercise my decision-making skills.
4. Tell us about your hands-on experience and will this experience prepare you for your future career?
As result of my passion for business applications of forestry, I was sought in the summer of 2017 to fulfill a newly-developed internship role as Business Development Analyst for Rayonier, a leading timberland real estate investment trust. Competing with multiple graduate-level applicants to become the first undergraduate student of forest management in recent history to secure such a position, I contributed to the company’s success and long-term value through devotion and outward thinking. Through innovative analysis and consideration of company goals, market-intelligence, and sustainability of investments, my contribution to the business development team at Rayonier unveiled hidden value, as well as potential risk, across the company’s land-holding in its entirety. This contribution and dedication has carried over to the remainder of my undergraduate career through research in forest economics as well as leadership in extracurricular involvements, and has set the preparatory stage for my future career through further developing my passion for connecting society, business, and the environment through pursuit of a diverse assemblage of education and experience.
5. What is something you wish someone had told you when you were a freshman?
As a freshman, I could have benefited the most from knowing that people within academia and the industry want to see you succeed. A significant portion of my success, to date, has been through networking. Finding the courage to reach out to faculty and professionals has made available many opportunities for me to further explore a sector of forestry that many students do not have the chance to, which has enabled me to grow exponentially and realize unprecedented achievement as an undergraduate student of forest management. I encourage all students at NC State to reach out to people for inquiry and opportunity; doing so will enable you to make great advances in achieving your career goals.
6. What is your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom?
Aside from academics, my favorite thing to do is go outside. Too often, people do not take the time to appreciate the natural world. Whether I am fly fishing for native trout, patrolling for ruffed grouse, or simply sitting on the porch, I always take the time to appreciate the color of our natural world and all of its tangible and intangible offerings.