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Ethnobotany Major (Class of 2011)
Where is your hometown?
Pompey Smash, MD
What are you expecting to get out of your time at Frostburg?
An education and a degree.
What are career/academic goals?
Career: Continue working in natural resource management
Academic: Obtain B.S. in Ethnobotany from FSU, Obtain M.S. in Environmental Management from UMUC
What got you interested in Ethnobotany?
My backgound in Foresty, I have an A.A.S. in Forest Technologies from ACM, and a lifelong fascination with plants.
What cultures are you interested in studying and learning about? Have you learned about these cultures yet?
Appalachian rural cultures. All my life, plus a course in Folklore of Appalachia
Was Ethnobotany your first choice for a major?
Forestry was my first choice, however FSU does not offer an accredited degree in Forestry. Now that I'm an Ethnobotany major I think fate has intervined, because the subject matter presented has allowed me to see a forest based on its ecology rather than the amount of Basal area and board feet.
Are you minoring in any other subject?
Do you have any interest outside of Ethnobotany?
Forestry and ecology.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned in college?
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.
Do you consider yourself any of the following: redneck, hillbilly, hippy, city folk, suburb oriented or other.
Hillbilly, no doubt.
On a scale of one to ten how do you relate to other students?
Five, somewhere in the middle. Mainly because I'm much older than the rest of my classmates and Ethnobotany tends to attract hippies, no offense.
What kind of activities relate to both your casual life and school?
Plant ID and spending time outdoors.
Where do you eat and buy groceries? What are your dietary preferences?
Walmart and Martins. I have no aversion to major food chains, they were once "mom and pop" shops as well, just very successful. I try to eat healthy, but I do have "pig-out" tendencies.
Do you work on-campus or off-campus? What is your job?
Off campus: Forest Ranger, MD DNR Forest Service; Niners Canal Pub, Barkeep/Drink Slinger
In the summer have you done any internship? Where?