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Jared Barnes Alumni Profile

Please describe your current job position:

With the PhD assistantship, I help in doing research for my advisors and teaching classes.

What is the most interesting thing about your job?

The interaction with SO MANY people and all that I learn from them.

How well did the Department of Horticultural Science at NCSU prepare you for your current position?

Very well. My current position involves a thorough understanding of plant growth as well as experimental methods and analysis of data, and I learned much of it from classes and advisors while at NC State University.

What other horticultural-related jobs did you have prior to your current position?

My prior horticulture jobs included working for a sweet potato farm and a perennial nursery, running my own small-scale landscaping business, and interning at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

What made the Department of Horticultural Science at NCSU unique?

The people. So many of them are friendly and seem to really enjoy horticulture.

What would you say are the strengths of the Department of Horticultural Science at NCSU?

Again, the people. There is such a diversity within the department of personality types as well as their focus in horticulture.

If you received degrees from other departments/universities, how did the experiences differ from the one you had in the Department of Horticultural Science at NCSU?

I received my bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) in environmental biology. The main difference is that my degree from UTM was more focused on environmental biology while at NCSU my work has been more focused on horticulture.

What words of wisdom/advice would you give students thinking about attending the Department of Horticultural Sciences at NCSU?

VISIT! Interact with your potential teachers, advisors, and even secretaries. Also, talk with the students and ask them what the department’s like.