Adam's story

Recent Forestry graduate reflects on his time ANU

From a very young age I had a passion for native vegetation and all things green. In 2008 I was very excited to be offered a position at The Australian National University (ANU) to study a Bachelor of Science (Forestry). The degree gave me the opportunity to get practical, sustainable and environmental-based knowledge to take out into the world.

Growing up in a regional area, I knew it was going to be tough to make the transition to university. Moving away from home for the first time was difficult, luckily I received a scholarship which made a huge difference to my experience. The financial support gave me the opportunity to live on campus at Burgmann College so I could focus on my studies. It also gave me the freedom to take part in other campus activities like sitting on the committee of the Fenner School of Environment and attending the annual dinner for the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA).

Studying in Canberra gave me the privilege of receiving guest lectures from a number of public sector professionals and international scholars. The most exciting thing about studying forestry at ANU, however, was the ability to discuss silviculture and forest management in the classroom in the morning and then experience the theories learnt through afternoon field trips to Black Mountain or weekend field trips to the South Coast, Tumut and even Tasmania.

I loved living and studying on campus and know that the thing I will miss the most is having so many talented and interesting people to catch up with every day. Luckily I am leaving with lifelong friends as well as a good network of contacts in Forestry - all of whom are already off achieving amazing things. Some of my favourite memories from campus are from taking part in forestry fire pits organised by the Fenner School Student Society - students and teachers from the School would light a fire pit, have a barbeque, share stories and talk about what we had been learning. These experiences were not only great fun but helped us to gain a deeper understanding of what we were learning in a casual environment.

The opportunity to attend ANU allowed me to learn so much in an industry that I hope I can really make a difference. As climate change research continues to develop and evolve, I had the opportunity to be at the forefront of new research, learning something interesting and exciting each day.

Since graduating I have been working in Oberon and Bathurst coordinating forest inventories as well as fire fighting for Forests NSW. These experiences have been invaluable and kept my head thinking about forestry in preparation for my Masters in Forest Ecosystems Management in Melbourne. After my Masters I am hoping to enter into Fire Management and work in some of the most fire prone areas of the world, where I can help to protect the community, forest assets and ecosystems.

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