Forest Engineering: the best of both worlds

Danica Ruud is a sophomore from Portland studying Forest Engineering. Ruud was encouraged to study forestry by her mother, the director for Talk About Trees, a non-profit that teaches elementary school aged children about trees. In high school, she became interested in forestry after job shadowing Julie Woodward, who has worked as a forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry and is now the Forest Education Program Manager for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. To connect her passion for forestry with her interests in science and math, Danica chose to study Forest Engineering at Oregon State.

Danica enjoys the people in her major, in the College of Forestry, at Oregon State, and in the Corvallis community. She likes that you get a small college experience—including a tight-knit community and small class sizes—within a big university that offers a lot of opportunities like events and research opportunities. She considers the College of Forestry a combination of the best of both worlds.

In addition to the College of Forestry community, Danica has also found a great community in West Hall, the residence hall where she lives and the University Honors College living and learning community. She has made a lot of friends within her major, and enjoys forestry classes a lot. Forestry 111—Introduction to Forestry— is one of her favorite classes so far.

Danica enjoys outdoor activities in Corvallis. On the weekends, she enjoys hiking and backpacking with friends, visiting the beach and swimming in the ocean, camping, and doing lots of outdoor things in general.

On top of her role as a Forestry Ambassador, Danica works at Marketplace West Dining Center. She participated in flag football last fall, and has been involved with theater as well. She also has an interest in hydrology, and can see herself becoming a hydrologist with her Forest Engineering degree.

Danica also works as an Ambassador for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources, which promotes the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Forestry. She says the role is a natural fit because she likes talking to people, getting to know her peers and connecting with professional foresters.