February 27, 2007 4:15 PM

New Kid on the Blog

Hello, everyone! My name is Joel, and I am a Forestry and Natural Resources major (well, intended major, but I'm pretty much there). When I tell people that I am a forestry major, I invariably get asked several questions, like "What's that?" or "Are you going to be a forest ranger?" or "What are you going to do with that?" I guess people don't consider Forestry to be a major that provides many career opportunities, unlike, say, Art History or Theater.

So what is Forestry and Natural Resources? They actually used to be two different majors, but were lumped together into one. Forestry is the science and art of cultivating, maintaining, and developing forests (see, art people that I potentially offended? Foresters are artists too.) The major provides concentrations in either the natural sciences or in the human dimensions of natural resources.

Why did I choose FNR? I always loved nature (although as an LA boy, I never really got exposed to much to it), and understanding how natural systems work is fascinating to me. Recently, I've become more interested in the role of human beings in the natural world, and how we make use of the natural resources that surround us. So, no, I don't know what I'm going to do with forestry, but I'm not worried about that now.

Alright, I hope that answered some questions about forestry. Yes, I am a tree hugger, because hugging a tree is the easiest way to measure its DBH (that's diameter for you non-forester types). Plus, you know, I like trees. They're nice.

About me: I like puns, as you can see by the title of this entry.

Joel Kim | Permalink | Comment on this article | Comments (2)

Comments (2)

Hahhahaha. you're so punny. :) Welcome!

Posted by Kristin | 2007-02-27

Joel, I was a medieval history major (as was Carly Fiorina!), and I got asked that silly question all the time, usually followed up with "I guess you're going to teach, right?", which was equally silly. Now I am a web editor, so the point is, people should figure out that you can major in one thing and end up doing something completely different and still like both things.

Posted by Eva | 2007-02-28

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