OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Opportunities help undergrads find their path

Forest Engineering and Civil Engineering student Kristina Hossley worked hard this summer at a job with the Federal Highways Administration in Alaska. She was an ideal candidate for her position because of the skills, knowledge and experience she acquired during her time at the Oregon State College of Forestry so far. She says studying abroad in Sydney, Australia and her internships with Weyerhaeuser set her apart from the pool of other first-time applicants.

In Australia, Hossley studied at the University of New South Wales, a strong engineering school. She also enjoyed learning about the cultures of Australia and the many others represented in the nation’s largest metro area.

“The experience opened my eyes to different educational environments around the world,” Hossley says. “My engineering classes in Australia took a more hands-on approach than the theory-based American curriculum.”

While interning with Weyerhauser, Hossley had invaluable experiential learning opportunities.

“That experience taught me that there is always more than one way to think about or learn something,” she says. “When I was interviewing for my job, I was able to talk about that, and about my experiences. I think that really set me apart.”

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Experiential learning completely changed Herman Flamenco’s path at Oregon State and in his career. He came to Oregon State with hopes of becoming a park ranger. After delving into the forest management program and participating in internships, he’s on a new path to one day become a forest manager.

“The program opened up my world to so many more opportunities that I was unaware of,” he says. “It put me in a position to begin to fulfill my new goal.”

After completing his undergraduate degree in forest management, Herman Flamenco decided to pursue a master’s degree in sustainable forestry management. He hopes to eventually work abroad, and he’s already on his way thanks to a wealth of international experience gained at Oregon State.

Flamenco’s first internship was with the U.S. Forest Service in South Dakota. Next, he headed south to Argentina to work with a government agency to research wood density in Douglas fir stems.

Next, Flamenco is headed to Spain to study international forestry.

“I’m fascinated with the different ways forestry is handled around the world,” he said. “And I hope I can learn more as my career continues.”

“The program opened up my world to so many more opportunities that I was unaware of,” he says. “It put me in a position to begin to fulfill my new goal.”