In the future she would like to educate the public, particularly children, on the importance of conservation. Ashley plans to earn a master's degree in wildlife biology after she graduates from MSU."I want to improve how we maintain one of our most important natural resources, wildlife.
Dan Gill, a senior forestry major with a wildlife management concentration became interested in forestry at a young age.
"People would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I would say a forester, but I had no idea what I was actually getting into.
I knew that from that point on, nothing would stand in the way of me and my dreams.
I know to most people pacing a brushy course is probably not a big deal; however, for me, pacing the course defined my future. Marine Corps Reserves as an infantryman squad leader. He said his favorite thing about CFR is the student body.
For Gill, a defining moment was born of a challenge that ultimately paid off in dividends.
"I would say the whole Summer Field Program was a challenge for me.I just convinced myself that I had to keep going no matter what.As I made my way through the seemingly endless briers, I pushed myself a little more each time. I can honestly say that I've never been more proud of myself or felt more accomplished."I spend most of my spare time outdoors, so my favorite part of this major is that I am constantly learning new things about the landscape and the science behind how the ecosystem functions.So now when I'm in the woods, I notice a lot of subtle differences that I missed before I became a forestry major." He encourages students considering the major to give it their all.I realized all I could do was to try my hardest and focus.I made it through the first leg of the course relatively well, but I still wasn't sure how I was going to accomplish doing it three more times.While there will be many steps in accomplishing this goal, the one that excites me most is the opportunity to involve others in forest and wildlife conservation and to be a part of this great community.I look forward to being able to contribute to its growth in the coming years and share my passion with others," she said.Allison Purdue is a sophomore wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major from Marietta, Georgia.Allison loves the passion that everyone in CFR has about their field of study.