Hello readers and fellow interns,
My name is Emma Schlosser and throughout the duration of the summer I will be bringing some insight from the perspective of an Alberta girl living and working in forestry.
I was born and raised in Whitecourt, Alberta, and graduated from Hilltop Highschool in 2020. If you haven’t heard of it (which I’m sure you haven’t), Whitecourt is a rural community about 2 hours Northwest of Edmonton, AB. There are only about 10 000 people here in Whitecourt, but despite that there are still many things to do (stay tuned for my next blog where I will talk all about Whitecourt and it’s activities).
I am currently working as a customer service representative at Alberta Newsprint Company (ANC). For those who may not know, ANC creates Newsprint for companies both in Canada and internationally for uses such as newspaper, magazines, and fliers. In my position, I work with customers from around the world entering orders, ensuring delivery, and working with carriers. Because I work in an office, I may have slightly less direct experience with the forestry sector, however, growing up in a rural community and being a part of a company so closely related to forestry gives me new insight many may not have.
During the school year when I am not working at ANC, I live in Edmonton and study Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. This fall I will be entering my second year of my Bachelor of Science. Although Biochemistry is something I am very interested in, it is not the field I am currently intending to spend the rest of my life in. After completing my Bachelor of Science, I want to enter the field of optometry where I will study the ins and outs of vision and optic care.
At this point after your brief introduction to my background, I hope you are asking yourself “okay, what do you do for fun?” Well here are some of my interests and hobbies:
One of my most interesting hobbies (in my opinion) is my love of plants. I began growing my collection about 2 years ago and currently have about 30 plants that I absolutely adore. My first ever plant was the classic golden pothos, and my most recent plant is the spotted begonia. I love anything that trails/vines and my plant wish list currently includes a string of pearls, a black velvet alocasia, and a satin pothos. Pro plant tip: don’t forget to water them.
Here are some photos of me travelling, this is one of my favourite things to do. I love travelling and exploring the world. Some places I have been and absolutely adored are Italy, England, France, Greece, China, and Japan. I have a long bucket list of places to travel next but at the moment my top 3 choices are Iceland, Bali, and Switzerland.
Growing up I had many many hobbies, however the most notable one is dance. I was a dancer for 13 years and did almost every genre I was able to. Dance was a huge part of my life and is a very big reason for who I am today.
Rapid Fun Facts:
- I love to read
- Yoga is my favourite form of exercise
- I'm vegetarian
- I have a cute dog named winston
- I roller skate
- I like to go hiking
- I am learning sign language
I am super excited to take time this summer to share what it is like growing up in a forestry town and what that looks like. As someone with a passion for the environment, I hope I can share that feeling with you all and get you a little more excited about forestry and the outdoors.
Thank you for reading about me! I am so excited for you to all follow my journey this summer.