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Down economy … and I couldn’t find a job in my field









Mariposa Pigott

Forestry Technology
Scooba campus

Spring 2013 graduate

From Meridian, Miss.​


How I got here:
When I first considered EMCC, I had been recently laid off from my job and divorced. Before that I had been a stay-at-home mother to two boys. I had already received an AAS degree in graphic design many years prior, but with the economy being as it is, I was unable to find a job in that field. When I first registered at EMCC, it was in Funeral Services. The second day of school the class met in the Forestry Department classroom. That was when I decided that the trees were so much more interesting and important to me. I love being outdoors! I’ve always enjoyed nature and spent most of my life outside. This was exactly where I wanted and needed to be!
What I’ve accomplished:
I have learned so much about the forest and what is provides us with. Not just wood for building things, but how we as a whole need the forests. I learned how to take care of our natural surroundings from the soil to the timber. I am constantly amazed at what our forests can do for us and how important it is to manage them wisely.
What’s next:
I hope to work in a national or state forestry agency doing what I love best – being outdoors and sharing my knowledge with others!
My advice:
A lot of us, OK most of us, have grown up enjoying the outdoors. Best part of living in the south!  If you love learning and want to take care of your natural surroundings, then this is the best place to come to receive that kind of education. The teachers here are extremely knowledgeable about these subjects. They are helpful, fun and give the most interesting lectures on “all things forest.”
What her instructor, Bob Walker, says:
Mariposa is the kind of student that all teachers would love to have. She is enthusiastic, always ready to learn something new and gets along well with the other forestry students. She has been a pleasure to have in our program. With her attitude and skills, she will be a good worker in the forest industry.​

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