Involvement within the Auburn University College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment student organizations provides opportunity for students to exercise leadership skills, build relationships with their classmates and foster community between students and professionals in the varying occupations associated with forestry, wildlife and natural resources. In his own words, learn how participation in student clubs has positively impacted Casey Whitt’s experience at Auburn and his career potential after graduation:
Major: Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging
Expected Graduation: Spring 2023
Involvement: Forest, Environment, and Wildlife Leadership Academy, or FEWL, CFWE Student Ambassador, SBIOP Society
Why did you choose Auburn?
I decided to attend Auburn after hearing about the Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging degree program, which was brand new at the time. I’ve always had a passion for the environment and this major was a perfect fit for me.
What led you to choose this major?
My major is multi-disciplinary so in addition to amazing forestry classes I also get to attend classes focused on industrial design, marketing, and many more.
What is your favorite part about being a student in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment?
I love the advisors and faculty; they knew my name before I even started taking classes in the building and really want me to succeed.
Describe a class that you have taken as a student of Sustainable Biomaterials & Packaging that has left an impact on you.
My Frontiers of Sustainable Materials class really opened my eyes to the need for the implementation of sustainable practices worldwide and has helped me realize the direction I will be taking with my career.
What opportunities within the college have helped ensure your academic success?
The college offers a variety of classes that expand beyond just forestry and wildlife which have expanded my knowledge in preparation to enter the workforce. This includes business and sustainability classes that examine the larger economic and social trends that affect our industries.
If you are involved in a student organization within the college, describe the group’s purpose and why being a member is important to you.
I really enjoy the community of students in the Ambassador program for our college, and I was thrilled to be elected as the Ambassador President this year. I am excited to continue to foster a great community and host more fun events.
What are you doing right now as a student that is giving you supplemental experience in your desired field?
I have been given the opportunity to attend conferences hosted and attended by the forefront businesses and professionals involved in my industry, such as the Cross Laminated Timber Conference hosted by Auburn. It has been a great opportunity to network and see firsthand what I plan to do in the future.
What are your plans after you graduate?
After graduation I plan to work within marketing and sustainability at a forest products company to further bioproduct development and spread awareness of their benefits.
What are you passionate about? How does CFWE allow you to pursue those passions?
I am very passionate about sustainability, especially regarding business practices. This college has given me the knowledge and training in order to potentially help the push towards sustainability in the greater business sector.
What advice would you give to upcoming CFWE freshmen?
Talk to your advisors early about what you are passionate about and what steps you can take to accomplish your personal mission. If you don’t have a clear goal in mind, just take note of what classes speak to you the most and attend the college’s events to find opportunities.
Interview is lightly edited for clarity.
(Written by Avanelle Elmore)