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Undergraduate Student

Ryne Noska

Junior, Meteorology and Geography

  • Minor: Astronomy

Nature and culture have always fascinated me. I hike and camp on trails around the college campus whenever time allows, and in my senior year of high school I interned at the settlement of Jamestown, discovering and categorizing centuries- old artifacts. I realized I am growing up in a very unique era, where conservation of our planet is among the most important topics discussed. My grandfather gave me a few words of wisdom as I was deciding what occupation I wanted to pursue: “Alternative energy resources. That’s the way to go. It’s where the money is, and it’s where the greatest improvement of our world will occur.” I almost laughed when he said it, but it turns out he was correct.

I entered Virginia Tech as a physics major, fond of the progression of science and excelling in mathematics. During sophomore year, I learned that Virginia Tech was initiating a meteorology major. I had never considered such a field because the major previously did not exist anywhere in Virginia, but I knew that it was a career I wanted to pursue. Weather, geology, GIS, and the conservation of resources and human lives are all things I am deeply interested in, so I transferred into the geography department. In addition to my meteorology studies, I work as a server at Ruby Tuesday and am a leader in a campus community called Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship.

This semester, I will begin my core meteorology courses in earnest, continue to pursue an astronomy minor, work as a writing assistant in the Writing Center, volunteer at the National Weather Service station near campus, and help with Chi Alpha outreach events. The meteorology major specifically equips me with GIS experience and knowledge of how land affects weather, which will benefit me greatly in my goal of working at the Hurricane Prediction Center in Miami. My motivation to work towards these goals is and always will be the love of my Savior Jesus Christ, who makes everything I do from serving food to studying astrophysics exciting and full of purpose.

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List, spring 2012 2011
  • Composition Award

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