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Hometown:kayla phillips

Clayton, NC


Parks and Natural Resources Management, and a minor in Forestry Management.

Why did you choose PRTM?

For starters, the College of Natural Resources seemed like an obvious choice for me, I have always been passionate about the outdoors and natural resources in general. As soon as I had heard of it I knew that’s where I wanted to be. The harder part was deciding what department I wanted to go into. I almost went into Natural Resources rather than PRTM, but I decided that my passion was better suited for PRTM. I have always been a great manager and what better way to use that skill but in a field I am really passionate about.

What internships or volunteer experiences have you had?

I haven’t done my internship yet, but I am looking forward to it! I have had many volunteer experiences while at NC State. I did two Alternative Service Breaks with the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service. These are a chance to spend your spring break in service of others and they have opportunities all over the world. I volunteered a lot for Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources with their visually impaired program. I also spent a year working with an underprivileged girl’s group at Millbrook Elementary School.

What advice would you give to future students?

Don’t freak out if you don’t have every step of your life figured out. Just keep doing what feels right and it will lead you to incredible places.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Managing a park in a way that balances recreation and the environment in a sustainable and healthy way.

What are your fondest memories about being a student at NC State?

My absolute favorite thing was studying abroad in Australia. I learned a lot about myself and made amazing new friends. On campus, I love the community NC State has. My friends are never far away and there are so many resources for me to utilize. There is always something to do and people to see, and it really feels like home. The professors in PRTM are also amazing and make classes a great experience for me.