Before coming to Michigan Technological University, Bethany Blease wasn’t exactly sure what field would best suit her love for nature.
“I thought a lot about environmental engineering, but I’m not so good with math,” Blease said. “I figured out that they spend a lot of time in an office and I wanted to spend all of my time outside.”
After realizing she wanted to pursue a career that would keep her out-of-doors more than in, she discovered Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science—and says that she has definitely found her fit. Despite worries from her parents about going to school far from her hometown of Grand Haven, Michigan, Blease says that she “loved the atmosphere and the school—and I knew it was the right place for me.”
“The great part about my department is that I’m on a first-name basis with my professors. Instead of being in a classroom of 200, I’m in a class with 15 or 20 students who I get to know personally. It’s a really great, positive learning environment.”
Blease says that the personal attention students receive in the School helps set it apart.
“I’ve had more contact with my professors than I did in high school,” she says. “I met my dean on the second day of classes.”
Since coming to Michigan Tech, Blease has never second-guessed her choice to study Applied Ecology and Environmental Science. “I have a great department that is behind me 100 percent,” Blease says. “I am convinced about my major. I know exactly what I want to do, which isn’t always the case for a college student.”
After graduating, Blease hopes to go into the Peace Corps for two years, and then work at a job that keeps her outside as much as possible.
“I want to work for an environmental agency as opposed to a big company,” she says.
With such a deeply rooted love for nature, and a friendly and helpful department to assist her, Blease’s future career is bound to take her anywhere she wants—except inside!