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Undergraduate Student

Kathy Hixson

Senior, Wildlife Science

  • Minor: Biology

When I am not in Blacksburg, I call Smith Mountain Lake in rural Franklin County, Va., home. Although I cannot pinpoint a single age or event, I know that I started on the path to a career in natural resources when I was young. My family’s summer vacations were always camping trips to national parks and places known for their natural beauty and, of course, wildlife. Additionally, I spent the first decade of my life living on the Potomac River where seeing nesting osprey and bald eagles, catching crabs out of the backyard, and going fishing were everyday experiences. I definitely fell in love with the outdoors at a young age. These days, I still love camping and spend as much time hiking, biking, and snow skiing as possible. In addition, during football season, I am a member of the spirited Marching Virginians and I seldom miss a chance to see the Hokies play.

For the past two summers I have worked in natural resources with various federal government agencies. In 2009, I spent the summer as a park ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers at Philpott Lake in southern Virginia. This past summer, I worked with aquatic systems at Assateague Island National Seashore on the Delmarva Peninsula.

After graduating in May 2011, I hope to continue my education until I earn my Ph.D. My ultimate goal is to become a professor in the field of wildlife at a state university so I that I may help to inspire and shape the next generation of natural resource managers.

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