Louren Rose Escamilla
Class of 2019
I am a recent graduate of Michigan State’s Department of Forestry. I was hired three weeks after graduation to a full time permanent position with the U.S. Forest Service out on the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota through the SAF recent graduate program.
I had the privilege of working for the U.S. Forest Service previously in Colorado in 2019 and then in the U.P. in 2017 and 2018 seasonally. My best piece of advice would have to be don’t be afraid to try something new and to work at a place outside of your comfort zone. It may just provide a life-changing experience and also most importantly, the field of forestry is changing more and more since the older generation is getting out and younger individuals are moving in to fill the ranks. As a result, the field is slowly becoming more diverse. Whatever you end up doing after MSU forestry, make sure you are doing it as your authentic self and you will have a solid foundation moving forward in your career.