Transfer Student Profile: A Friend of the Forest

Josh Friend is a senior studying Recreation Resource Management at Oregon State University. He began his college career at the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College (PCC). In high school, Josh had not decided what he wanted to study in college or pursue for a career. Once he started taking classes at PCC, Josh learned about the many different options and majors available to him. He decided to study forestry early on while at PCC, so it was natural for him to transfer to OSU to complete a bachelor’s degree since it is one of the world’s top forestry schools.

Because he knew he wanted to transfer to OSU, Josh was able to coordinate carefully with his PCC advisor and select courses to take so they would count towards his OSU degree. Josh said that it was very motivating to know that the courses he was taking at PCC would directly apply to his forestry degree at OSU. After spending a little over two years at PCC, he transferred to OSU and majored in Recreation Resource Management. It was a big transition as he moved away from home and adjusted to attending a university. By getting involved and spending time in the College of Forestry community, OSU became a “second home” for Josh.

Growing up, Josh spent a lot of time outside through Boy Scouts. He has always loved outdoor projects and management, and the combination of working with people and being outdoors. He continues to be very interested in pursuing both the social and ecological aspects of Recreation Resource Management, which made the major a good fit for him. He recommends that students pay attention as they go through their degree program for signs that a major is fitting their interests well.

While at OSU, Josh has had the opportunity to be the treasurer for OSU’s Society of American Foresters student chapter, and has also served as the fire marshal for his house. During the summers, he has worked in wildland firefighting and on a trail crew with the US Forest Service in Montana. These experiences gave him a unique perspective on different types of jobs for his future career. When he graduates, Josh may return to the Spotted Bear Ranger District in Montana’s Flathead National Forest, where he worked last summer. Josh is also considering working in the forests here in Oregon either with the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. He hopes to find a job that will help him to continue to learn and gain experience. Eventually he would like to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration.