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Undergraduate Student

Brendan Little

Natural Resources Conservation

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

  • Minors: Forestry and Sustainability

I was born and raised in Crofton, Maryland, near Annapolis. Crofton has been steadily growing as I have also been growing and learning, and it is there where I first found my passion for both the environment and leadership. In elementary and middle school, I do not remember receiving much education about the environment outside of typical science-based classes. It was at home where I was first influenced by my family to learn about the environment and how my actions affected the environment around me. I was always encouraged by my parents to push myself and apply for many different leadership positions in the groups that I was interested in.

Music has always been a significant part of my life as I have played the trumpet in many of the bands at the schools I have attended. Being a part of a large student group was where I got my first hands-on experience with really working as a team and leading in some situations. In high school, I joined the environmental club and took an AP environmental science course. These two experiences were led by a teacher well known throughout my school who had a major influence on my decision to pursue environmental studies. I helped to lead many of the activities in the environmental club and found a passion in doing so.

I applied to many different colleges and I found that it was very difficult to decide on a single major that truly interested me. Looking into Virginia Tech, however, I found the College of Natural Resources and Environment and the natural resources conservation major. After I visited Virginia Tech, I knew it was the right fit for me. I have always enjoyed working outdoors as a lifeguard through high school, and outdoor recreation was a significant part of my life and something my family enjoyed doing. Through my working experience in high school, I found that I also enjoyed working with people in a more social setting, and my major fit many of these interests very well.

Aside from classwork, I have kept up with music in college by participating in the Marching Virginians as well as the honorary music service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. Each of these groups has given me many opportunities to lead my colleagues, as I have been the vice president of Kappa Kappa Psi as well as the operations officer for the Marching Virginians. Within the college, I am a student ambassador and president of the Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society. This past summer I worked with the Maryland Environmental Service and had a fantastic experience helping the many environmental specialists with a variety of different jobs.

Area of Speciality

  • Conservation and Recreation Management

Honors and Awards

  • Maryland Senatorial Scholarship, 2011-14
  • Member and President, Xi Sigma Pi (Forestry Honor Society)
  • Member, Vice President, and Service Officer, Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Music Service Fraternity)
  • Dean’s List, spring-fall 2013

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