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Undergraduate Student

Mitchell Kern

Senior, Wildlife Science

  • Minor: Biology

I am originally from Lockport, N.Y., a small town that no one has ever heard of. Lockport is just north of Buffalo and east of the Niagara Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. After second grade, my mom received a job with the University of Virginia Health System, and we moved to Charlottesville, Va.

I am a very energetic person and enjoy most outdoor activities. My preference lies with soccer, which I have been playing since second grade. I went skydiving for my 18th birthday and love anything that will get the adrenaline going, especially roller coasters. I still hope to go whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and receive my scuba certification in the near future.

My family has always owned a number of animals. I was involved in 4-H as a child; however, I was never really interested in pursuing a career in wildlife science until I was admitted to Virginia Tech. I have not had a single regret yet in this very exciting and challenging major, but plant taxonomy was a close second.

This summer I participated in an internship at Carolina Tiger Rescue. This was a very exciting opportunity, considering that my career goal is to be a tiger rehabilitator or nurturer. I had so much fun feeding and enriching the tigers along with several other species at the facility. While tigers are my top priority, any exotic cats really attract my attention. I also have interests in other non-cat mammals such as otters and other marine mammals.

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