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Undergraduate Student

Rachel White


Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

  • Minor: Geographic Information Science

Growing up in a suburb of Washington, D.C., has its perks. When I was younger, I spent my days wandering on trails along the Potomac River and climbing rocks at Great Falls Park. My parents encouraged me to explore the outdoors by planning hiking and kayaking trips during school breaks. I decided early on that I wanted to incorporate my passion for nature and the environment into my college studies.

Coming to Virginia Tech was an obvious choice for me. I have wanted to be a Hokie since the first time I visited eight years ago. However, I had a difficult time choosing a field of study. As a freshman, I was immediately attracted to the College of Natural Resources and Environment because of its focus on conservation. After taking my first geography class, I knew I had found the program for me. Geography combines my passion for the environment with practical skills like remote sensing and GIS. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in public lands management and conservation using these skills.

For the past two years, I have served as an officer in the Geographic Society at Virginia Tech. Our organization focuses on engaging students in conversation about geography through guest speakers, intern panels, and social events. It has been a great opportunity to show students how geography is used in different professions and how diverse its applications are.

Dealing with future natural resource issues will require collaboration with professionals from a variety of fields. I think the Leadership Institute will be beneficial for learning how to work with others in a team setting and as a leader. Through this program, I hope to improve my communication skills to become a more effective leader on campus and in my career.

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Xi Sigma Pi Outstanding Sophomore
  • Dean’s List, four semesters

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