I’m a senior double majoring in Public and Urban Affairs and Applied Economics and Management, and I’m passionate about rural community development. I’m from Glade Spring, a very small community in Virginia. I came to Virginia Tech having interned with Abingdon Main Street, an organization that helps downtown Abingdon, Virgina thrive. This experience introduced me to the opportunities I had to contribute to the future of communities like mine, and gave me additional context from which to consider what I was learning in class. I hope to continue at Virginia Tech in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, and then work to help communities similar to my hometown.
My name is Hunter Wyatt, I am a senior double majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning and Agricultural Sciences. I grew up on a small horse farm in Sugar Grove, a small community in southwest Virginia. I am an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoy hiking the Appalachian Trail. My primary interest in the program is in bridging the gap between agriculture and sustainability in a manner that is ecologically beneficial and promotes financial resilience and social welfare. I hope to help small agricultural communities understand how to sustainably capitalize on their resources, enabling them to serve as a model to promote sustainability in our capitalistic market.
My name is Maria Elisa Vollmer, and I’m from Venezuela. Growing up in a developing country, I noticed how our many resources were often mismanaged due to lack of technical knowledge, poor policymaking, or not being a priority. This motivated me to study Environmental Policy and Planning at Virginia Tech. Here I learned about important tools to solve human-environment problems, with which I hope to mitigate environmental impacts due to development.