Why I chose my major

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Maggie Brown


College is an important part of your career. It is the basis and structure of the rest of your life. No matter what you do with your life, or what you want to do, getting an education is very important. I learned while growing up how important getting an education is. My parents felt that education was important and instilled a hard-working, intrinsic attitude in me from a young age. As a child, I loved being outdoors. I do not remember a time where I was not outside doing something whether it be playing soccer, softball, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, canoeing, geocaching, or kayaking. Over the years, I have obtained different skills and learned how to do various activities and quickly learned that I wanted to be outside for my career.

I chose Radford University for many reasons. One reason was that it had a great Recreation, Parks, and Tourism program with a concentration in the outdoors. Another reason would be that Radford University’s Parks and Recreation program is the most accredited and oldest in the state. When Radford students graduate, they are more likely to get a job than any other student in this field because of how well our professors train us to be recreation professionals. Also, we get jobs faster because of the amount experience we receive in college. Just an inside to this major, we must get one hundred field work hours before we graduate, not to mention an internship towards our junior and senior year. So, we are highly experienced and ready to be professionals in our field by the time we graduate, and it is rather exciting to think about.

When I get out of college, I plan to be a Park Ranger for the National Park System. I will plan programs and lead events through the park that will educate the public about nature and the park. I am super excited about doing this when I get out of college because to me it is the perfect career. I chose this career path because I cannot imagine leading a career in an office, I prefer the outdoors to anywhere else. This is another reason why I chose Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at Radford University.

No matter what you choose to do with your education and career, just be sure it makes you happy. As Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”