South Carolina Wildlife magazine asked forestry and wildlife students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College for their advice to those aspiring to pursue a career in forestry or wildlife biology. Here’s what they had to say:
Tyler Hunt Volunteer as much as possible and do not be scared to get your name out there.
Will Rowell When the most stressful thing at work is the bugs, life is good.
Jon Darling If you love working outside — forestry and wildlife — this is a great place to learn the skills you will need.
Jessica Edwards Get as much hands-on volunteer work as you can.
Hailey Gibbins The forestry and wildlife field is a small group of individuals who work hard and love what they do. Curiosity and making a lasting impression on these professionals is critical to get you where you want to go.
Nick Niepmann Stay ahead of your class work, and don’t get behind.
James Horton Get to know professionals in the field you plan to go into after graduating.
Joe Dorn Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Chances are someone else is thinking the same thing.
Kenneth Lee A high level of motivation is required. Class is not as easy as expected. Got to come to school swinging for home runs.
Jakob Kemp Keep it fun. Don’t make it a job.
Colton Tuten Volunteer as much as possible and get to know as many people as possible.
Dylan Carney The classes here are tough, but it is to ensure we are properly prepared for work when we graduate. Pay attention in class and most definitely take notes.
Joey Brown Don’t slack off in homework … it will be a long two years of college if you wait for the last minute to do it.
Bryan Jenerette Even for people who have no wildlife or forestry experience, this program is both a challenging and rewarding experience.
Brandon Shipes Take every volunteering opportunity you can, and never be afraid to meet new people. You never know who you might meet.
Nicole Lawson You don’t have to have grown up shooting deer to be in this field — anyone with a desire to help animals can do this.
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