Jillian Barskey

Jillian Barskey

  • Senior
  • Major:Environmental Resource Management
  • Minor: GIS & Watershed and Water Resources
  • Hometown: Wenersville, PA

I chose Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences because of the experiences I had with the University before even coming to college. The first experience I had with Penn State was when my brother decided to major in Horticulture with the College of Ag Sciences. I visited him and saw the campus, got to see the lab he worked in, and explored downtown. I also participated in the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in Agricultural Sciences (PSEAS) where I lived on campus for four weeks and learned about the various majors offered by the college. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Favorite Penn State Activity:
My favorite Penn State activity is being a part of the Club Dressage Team. I have always been around horses and have ridden most of my life. I am grateful that I can continue being involved with the sport while at Penn State.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I hope to work in either private environmental consulting or for a government agency such as USDA, NRCS, or a local Conservation District doing conservation and GIS work. I would primarily like to focus on watershed management and soil conservation. Eventually, I want to become an environmental educator and give back to students because without agricultural and environmental programs I would not have found my passion for environmental sciences.

Proudest Achievement in life so far:
My proudest achievement so far has been my internships I have had each year of college. I'm proud that I have had the opportunity to work in different areas of my field from sustainability to restoration and most recently being an intern with an environmental consulting firm. I feel equipped to get a full time job once I graduate from these experiences I had.

My hobbies include riding horses, art, hiking, and cooking

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
I would be a bird because I think it would be awesome to fly around and see things from the sky.

Dream Vacation:
My dream vacation would be to Switzerland because I want to be able to hike, ski, and take in the amazing scenery.