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Undergraduate Student

Ally Rodgers

Natural Resource Conservation

  • Recreation
  • Minors: Forestry and Equine Science

My family moved around a lot while I grew up — from Maryland to Arizona and back a few times — and my outdoor adventures were mostly limited to exploring wherever we happened to live at the time, riding my bike, and finding great climbing trees. When my dad retired from the military, we ended up living on the water in Maryland, so kayaking and swimming became my favorite things to do, besides going to the barn, of course. I stared riding horses when I was eight years old, and most of my days were spent at the barn riding, teaching, and working. Through high school, my plan was to pursue a career in the equine industry, but those plans changed and I found myself in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. I didn’t know much about it, but I chose conservation recreation because, honestly, it sounded like the most fun.

Choosing that major has been the best decision I’ve made here at Virginia Tech. Choosing a major in which I get to learn about our role in the natural world and how to manage recreation use has been a great choice. It has exposed me to new recreation opportunities, like hiking and camping (there are no mountains near my home in Maryland), and some great people. I’ve gotten involved in the Recreation Society and the Forestry Club, getting the best of both worlds. I’m also a member of the Women’s Rugby team and the Equestrian Club, and have held executive positions in all of the clubs I’ve been involved in. I’m extremely excited to learn how I can take my leadership skills and apply them in the area I’ve been studying.

Honors and Awards

  • J. Russell Smith Scholarship, 2012-13
  • Dean’s list (multiple semesters)

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