Kevin: I wanted to mix man-econ with plant science. That’s what I wanted to achieve with Track III.
Shea & Kenna: Do you feel like you achieved that?
Yes—especially with how we do the restricted electives. It allowed me to have a little bit of flexibility with our very strict 144 unit major.
Do you have a focus for restricted electives?
Well, Tom told me that there are two ways to go about it: you can dip your toe in everything and see what you want to do or you can go very specific and do a mini minor. I went the broad range.
So I took History 11B and I looked at Greece and its Mediterranean climate, all the wars, and how the political office changed. Helpful if I want to farm in this climate. Also, Spiritocus was a great teacher. I’m taking other [courses], like right now I’m in trees and forests, so seeing how forestry works and if I want to do anything with an orchard, I’d know how trees worked. For the rest, I want to dip my toe in economic development, get into the business side of things. Especially with ARE being such a great major here. Talking to the track advisers is so helpful, they’ll give you a great way to go.
What's been your favorite class here?
SSC 10 with Randy Dahlgren. How he teaches the class is really pertinent to SA&FS. The whole point of farming is making the soil healthy. His class is like the whole background of the whole major, whether everyone likes to admit it or not. He is such a cool dude. We could talk about anything after class. We talked about football for like two hours one time, because he went to North Dakota State, and they’re really good. He’s the one who got me into switching to SA&FS, because I originally came in as a economics/political science kind of guy.
What were your expectations for the major?
I originally thought it was going to be a lot more conventional agriculture and learning about farms.
Do you wish the major met your expectations?
I think they met them and they’ve changed in a good way. It might be the fact that I just really like it; it’s gotten better as I’ve gotten into it. I’d say the worst part about it is initially getting into it and having to deal with calculus. The variety, the classes are so different; it’s terrible and it’s great. It makes sense that you do them, but I haven’t used them since.
Do you know what you want to do with SA&FS?
I have a lot of different routes I would like to take. I want to apply for an MBA or a JDA program, to go to business school or law school. With that, I might try to have the military pay for it, so I’d either go into the military for a law route or jump out of planes and do crazy stuff like that for like five years— because why not?
You can find Kevin at the UC Davis Football game this Saturday at 2:30pm at Sacramento State! Go Aggies! Woo!