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Undergraduate Student

Jandir Santin, Jr.

Senior, Wood Science and Forest Products

Forest Products Business

My home is Campo Grande, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. Six months after I graduated from high school at age 18, I decided to play college tennis in the United States. From August 2008 until April 2010, I lived in the small town of West Liberty, W.Va., where I played competitive college tennis and studied business management. I transferred to Virginia Tech in fall 2010 to study forest products business.

My family has a forest products business background spanning over 30 years, and I have been involved with the wood industry since I was a child. The driving factor in my coming to the United States was tennis. Coming to Virginia Tech to study wood science was a consequence of my family’s wood background, along with my desire for challenges and my future visions.

I am a sports lover. I can play almost any sport, and I do so because of the joys and adventures that sports provide. I enjoy the sun and the tropical weather for playing sports, but in Virginia the cold weather is a different story. I am now a Brazilian with a snowboard attached to his feet! My personality has been mainly built around tennis and other competitive sports, together with my family’s leadership examples.

My professional interests are forest management, bioenergy, and the selling and marketing of forest products. I already have work experience in the field. However, my goal after I graduate from Virginia Tech is to work for at least two years, and then seek an M.B.A. in the United States.

Honors and Awards

  • Danzer Group Scholarship Recipient, 2011-12

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