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I entered Mississippi State University in the Fall of 1996 and have been here since, continuing my education in accordance with required curriculum for a Bachelor's of Science: Forestry, Forest Management. Most of this curriculum is undertaken in the College of Forest Resources.
Attending MSU, I have completed a history minor while continueing my musical interests in the MSU Famous Maroon Band, where I play bass drum. I have played the bass drum for the past 3 years and enjoy it very much. Through this activity, I have been able to frequent MSU sporting events and have had the priveledge to go to many special events, such as the SEC Championship and the Cotton Bowl - not to mention SEC basketball tournaments and baseball regionals!
I expect to graduate in August with my Bachelors of Science degree and to enter Graduate School here at Mississippi State Universtiy in the Fall of this year (1999). My degree will be a Masters of Science: Forestry - with an emphasis in forest harvesting and transportation. Due to the research and other work involved, a tentative graduation date from Graduate School is May of 2001.
Much of my time is devoted to class,band, and work; but my free time is spent on computers, outdoor recreation, and hobbies such as history and model railroading. But all of this will be severely hampered by my upcoming graduate work.
However, I am still planning to frequent sporting events! This is one thing that I love about MSU, well, college for that matter. I love to go to games, observe age-old traditions, enjoy the thrill of competition, and relax in game-day atmospheres. Yes, pros have rituals and the big names, but there's just something about college athletics that seemingly pulls you into the spirit of competition.
Forestry is a major portion of the economic drive in the Southeastern United States. It supplies both jobs and boosts to local economies. Truly, forestry is a vital part of Southeastern livelihood.
With the ever-increasing political restraints placed on the Northwest, industry and private markets are looking to the Southeast for greater and higher productivity in order to adhere to consumer demands. With this increased demand for wood and higher quality timber comes the responsibility of more intensive management. And with the management comes all sorts of legal, social, environmental, and ecological restraints. One day, the outside pressures will be so great as to hinder the very basic operation of the forest industry.
The Southeastern Conference is made up of 12 universities. This conference has single-handedly dominated most of the NCAA championships in the last 10 or so years in most sports. In this past football season, the SEC sent 8 teams to bowl games and posted 4 - 4 record. But on a more positive note, the University of Tennessee claimed the 1998 National Championship by defeating Florida State University in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 4, 1999.
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Last Updated: May 30, 1999