Emma Westbrook

  • Degree: Bachelor (Spring 2021)
  • Advisor: Ms. Julie Sherk
  • LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/emma-westbrook

What was your degree(s) or focus?

Landscape Design

How are you planning to use your degree?

Sustainable systems through plant selection, grading & drainage, and most importantly societal education

Whom do you want to thank?

I am blessed and thankful for everyone that I have been able to connect with through my college career. I have made some amazing friends that I will cherish forever! Also, a huge thank you to my parents for their support and help to get me through school without any loans, I will be graduating debt-free!

What is the best thing about studying horticulture at NC State?

I may be biased, but the NCSU Horticulture Department has the best faculty and staff! They are always willing to go the extra mile to help their students succeed and provide some amazing internship opportunities.

Clubs and Activities

  • Alpha Zeta Honors Fraternity
  • Agricultural Extension and Education Club
  • National Horticulture Competition Team
  • Agronomy Club
  • Horticulture Club
  • Young Farmers & Ranchers
  • Ducks Unlimited

Do you have plans for after graduation? Are you currently working?

I hope to pursue a job in landscape design where I can communicate with the public and make their landscape dreams come true!

Advisor Comments (Julie Sherk)

Emma is charming, and has been a delight to have in class. I first met her when she started in the landscape design program where she started with the hardest landscape design class, grading and drainage.  She aced it.  She was an exemplary student in all the classes that she took with me.  She has great, relevant questions and always used her positive outlook to problem-solve.

During the Digital Media class, we met online and it was always reassuring to see her smiling face in the “Brady Bunch” squares in the Zoom meeting, not to mention the treat of an occasional appearance of her little Chihuahua, Rosie.

Emma is a friend to all, and the classroom lights up when she walks in.  She has the tenacity to stick to conquering the things that challenged her, and then being able to help others once she masters something new.  With Emma’s self-confidence, cleverness, talent and extraordinarily positive personality, I am certain of her success in landscape design and beyond.