Aug. 4, 2020
Andre Harris is a junior, majoring in sustainable parks, recreation and tourism. Harris works with the Detroit Parks and Recreation Division where he leads and assists with recreational programs for youth, teens and adults. The following student view is repurposed content from College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Q: Why did you choose your major?
I chose the sustainable parks, recreation and tourism major because I grew up in parks and recreation and knew I wanted to lead and be an advocate for traditional and nontraditional youth. I knew for a while this field of work was the career path for me.
Q: What has been one of your best experiences within your major so far?
One of my best experiences with my major so far is attending and volunteering at the Annual Conference and Trade Show, where I was able to interact, participate and learn with students, professionals and executives from all around Michigan in the best field just for parks, recreation and tourism.
Q: What do you want others to know about this major?
This major is the most overlooked but definitely a hidden jewel. Sustainable parks, recreation and tourism is important in everybody’s everyday life, but some people don’t respect it as a remarkable career path but the professionals, educators and students in the field are the main puzzle piece to most communities in Michigan.
Q: What are your future plans?
I want to work in community recreation, primarily creating and executing programs for youth and teens in the metro Detroit area, being able to advocate for the environment, youth, teens, adults and seniors in the field. Eventually, I hope to be in a great leadership position.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about MSU?
My favorite thing will probably be the Sustainable Parks and Recreation Club on campus, led by Crystal Eustice, who is more than an adviser but a great asset to the Department of Community Sustainability.