F&ESers on the Ground: Sochi Style

Hello from Sochi! For the past 10 days, I’ve been in Russia working on an F&ES project with four other amazing graduate students, teammates, and friends. I’m here with Diana Madson, Taylor Rees, Bo Uuganbayar, and Tom Owens. You might remember this story from Bo’s blog post back in November, Winter is Coming to Westeros. For a quick recap, we all took a class together last semester, International Organizations & Conferences, and developed an amazing project idea to partner with Olympians to bring the climate change conversation to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Since September, the five of us have been working to do just that. We’ve been interviewing athletes, writing blog posts, connecting with mainstream media, and crafting a narrative to best deliver this story. From this…

Sterling Memorial Library, home to the stacks.

In the Fall of 2010 I began at the Yale School of Public Health and that following spring I applied and was accepted to Yale F&ES.

From the moment I was admitted I felt like family. I went up to Admitted Students Day in the spring to test the waters of the F&ES community. I was surprised by the openness and honesty of the current students and faculty, and I was astounded by the breadth of and depth of the other admitted students who would become my future classmates. Admitted students even got to stay for the T.G.I.F. (Thank God I’m A Forester), a long tradition of good beer and good friends, sometimes themed.

That summer I shipped…

The road named after my family - where my grandparents first farm was in Monmouth, Oregon.


Happy New Year everyone! Congrats to everyone who finished their applications and may be attending grad school in 2014! Many of you have asked me during our prospective student online chats and through emails why I decided to come to F&ES, how the experience was, and what it was like to do a Joint Degree.

As you may have read, I’m originally from Salem, Oregon [west coast!]. My grandparents owned a tree farm in Monmouth, Oregon and my brother and I grew up playing in the woods and in the ponds. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Oregon and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing and a minor in Environmental Studies. I had originally intended to…

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Hey again! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I was able to spend time with family in California and with friends in Colorado and New Hampshire. It was a great break, but I’m excited to be getting back into the swing of things here at FES. Spring semester is ramping up with exciting new classes and opportunities.

As the semester starts, you might be wondering how to get involved, stay involved, or even just stay informed. I’d like to draw your attention to several of the different publications at FES. For a comprehensive list, you can check out this website. I had the opportunity to chat with several different people working on four very interesting ventures. I’ll be highlighting four of FES’s publications and projects…

New Haven, my home!

It is no secret that I’m New Haven’s biggest fan. There is so much delicious food, art, beauty, and fun packed in this small city that I think it is truly such a wonderful place to be a grad student and live. We may not have sunny California’s steady weather, but we do have incredible seasons and get to experience the best of each. A little snow just makes us tougher, you know?

Anyway, before the offices closes for the holiday season, I just wanted to share this really cute video that some Yale undergrads made. I think it is pretty clever, but it also goes to show you how fond other people are of this place, besides me!

To watch on YouTube, click here

LAST MINUTE TIPS!

Our application deadline is quickly approaching! Only a few days left until December 15th and we can feel the nerves pouring through.

1) Proof read! This is my number 1 tidbit for applicants. It doesn’t matter how last minute your application is, take the time to proofread it and have someone else proofread it. It doesn’t particularly matter who other proofreaders are – your personal statement should be pretty readable by anyone. It’s about you, your goals, your career ambitions, and why you want to come to F&ES. It shouldn’t be overly technical, or, conversely, overly vague. My friend, Amy “the grammar queen” proofread my application and helped me take out unnecessary portions, showcase my writing skills, and clarify unclear sections. I can’t stress this enough: your personal statement…

The Reality of Grad School

Hello Prospective Foresters,

It’s exam period here, so I thought I would use my perspective as a beleaguered first year masters student to offer you (what I hope is) some cogent advice on your grad school plans.  At exactly this time last year (literally to the day) I was in the exact same position that you probably currently find yourself in.  I was working a full time and on weekends and evenings I was crafting application essays, trying to pull myself out my workload far enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  When I was about halfway through the application process, I called home to vent about my essays.  During this conversation my mom pointed out that what I was working on was not 1…

Interview with our Sustainability Cup Winner and Joint Degree MBA, Rachel Mak!

Vanessa: Hey Rachel! Thanks for sitting down with me and telling all these prospective students about your experience before and after F&ES. How about you tell us what you did before F&ES and how you chose to come here?

Rachel: Sure! I graduated from Harvard in 2010 and was an environmental science and public policy major. I knew when I graduated I wanted to go into the sustainability field, but as I was interviewing for jobs, it became really apparent I didn’t have the skillset I needed to get my dream job. So, I decided I wanted to go to grad school, but I wanted a bit of life experience first. I always wanted to go abroad, so after I graduated, I moved to Shanghai and worked in mergers…

Wait; what's it like to be a forester?

At the end of October, I had the chance to attend the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Conference
in Charleston, South Carolina. As a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) grad, it was fun to hang out with forestry students and alumni and hear about their experiences. I got a chance to sit down with some Master of Forestry (MF) students and hear about their experience on Forest Crew over the summer.

Forest Crew is a program that manages the Yale Forests with oversight by Professor Mark Ashton. Yale owns 10,880 acres of forestland in New England, including the Yale-Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. This mixed hardwoods forest is at the heart of the last significant undeveloped area in the DC to Boston metropolis, nicknamed the “Quiet Corner” as it…

“The Professional Degrees”

The Master of Environmental Management
The “MEM” is by far the most common degree in F&ES. About twice as many students do the MEM than the other degrees. It has 10 specializations, which you may or may not choose to participate in; business and the environment; climate science, adaptation and mitigation; ecosystem conservation and management; energy and the environment; environmental policy analysis; human dimensions of environmental management; sustainable land management; sustainable urban and industrial systems; urban ecology; water resources management. Specializations can be helpful to carve a path through a master’s degree, especially at Yale where the opportunities, events, and groups can be incredibly overwhelming. Employers see a specialization and have a clearer picture of your skills and knowledge areas. MEM students have some recommended coursework…