Monica Randazzo

Senior in FNRM specializing in Urban & Community Forestry

How did you become interested in the environment and natural resources?

I became interested in working and studying within this field to pursue my own dedication to environmental and social justice. I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't been connected to the natural world, my family raised me in a way that has allowed me to view myself and the land within a community. This belief has fostered an unending fascination with ecological and social relationships.

How did you find out about the FNRM major?

After studying Fisheries and Wildlife Management at Vermilion Communicty College in Ely, MN, I transferred to the U of M because I was interested in the Urban and Community Forestry Track.

What has been your favorite part of the FNRM major so far?

Some of the most rewarding experiences I've had since coming to the U have been through working in the urban forestry nursery and lab, particularly with the U of M youth programs, talking with kids from various age groups about tree climbing, urban forests, tree science, and taking care of our trees. 

What is it like being on campus and in the FNRM community?

It is very comfortable being on campus and in the FNRM community. I am often able to see the same people in multiple classrooms and settings, and developing relationships with people becomes very easy. 

What are your goals for after graduation?

After graduation I'd like to work as a public servant and in some capacity with community forests before I later pursue a master's degree.

Would you recommend this major to an interested student?

I would absolutely recommend this major to an interested student, the program offers a lot of opportunity to really focus on interesting and exciting material as well as diversity in thoughts and experiences with both other students and faculty members. 


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