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Meet the Grads: Victoria Longava

In little more than a week, Victoria Longava will get her bachelor's degree in energy land management, graduating with the Class of 2023. Currently a cadet captain in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 915 at West Virginia University, she plans to continue a career in the military. 

"I plan on commissioning into the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant as a contracting officer. I'll be stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas," she said, adding that she hopes to work in the energy industry later in life.

Why did you choose to attend WVU Davis College?

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I was always interested in environmental education and wanted to explore more about energy. The major was small, and I was curious about the energy industry. I ended up excelling at it and loving it.

What was your most valuable experience at Davis College?

Being a part of the Energy Land Management Association has been where all my most valuable experiences came from. I have had many opportunities to create a network of current industry professionals and grow my professional experiences. I have attended several conferences such as NAPE in Houston, Texas, social events with the Women’s Energy Network and educational workshops with the American Association for Professional Landmen.

What advice do you have for current Davis College students?

Some advice I have is to take every opportunity you can get. While it may seem like time out of your day, the experiences at WVU (especially from the Davis College) are unmatched and will truly provide you with opportunities for the future. The events Davis College hosts are unlike those of other colleges. There are so many opportunities to meet people in the industry and network, which can potentially set you up for a job right out of school. They also are a chance to practice your socializing skills in a professional setting. I grew professionally and socially from being active in my major. Don’t take those events for granted.

What advice do you have for high school students?

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I would highly recommend WVU in general for high schoolers because of the pride I have grown to have for this school. While I may have looked around WVU for a while, I was sold once I visited and saw the unique opportunities the school offers. WVU has an amazing agriculture and natural resources college, which you don’t find everywhere. In fact, WVU is one of 10 schools that offer my major. I would have never opened my eyes to the energy industry if WVU hadn’t offered it. My advice is to explore what you are passionate about the most and sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zone. As a freshman, I knew nothing about energy land management, but I took a chance because it was unique. I was interested in the environment and wanted to explore something new. Best decision I ever made!