Tackling Global Food Insecurity
Horticulture, once I learned about it, was a natural choice for me. As mentioned, in high school I started growing tropical plants, and through horticulture I knew that I could be more involved with a variety of food crops. I knew that it would bring me closer to helping reduce the impacts of global food insecurity. I knew that I wanted to study plants, and I knew I wanted an international perspective to my studies. A friend who had graduated from the University of Hawaii gave me the definitions of botany and horticulture that I needed to decide between them. "Botany..." he said, "is the study of how plants grow". "Horticulture..." he followed, "is the study of how to grow plants." With that definition, I knew I was more interested in the science behind growing plants, so I ended up choosing horticulture over botany.
International studies I came across after doing some research in high school about OSU. I contacted some advisors, and after meeting with them, it was clear that the International Degree would provide that international perspective that I craved.
Going to Guatemala
Spending 10 weeks in Guatemala was a memorable and defining moment for me. I think it redefined my direction in international development, and I am still trying to figure out where I will go from here. After I returned, I published a blog about the trip. I realized the importance of being close to family and friends, so this is something I'll need to keep in mind when I am looking for international opportunities in the future. Every opportunity will give you some new perspectives, so it is critical that everyone take part in as many new opportunities as they can.