Shea & Kenna: How did you approach your Restricted Electives?
Tori: I took the approach of trying different things because I didn’t have one specific topic I was interested in. I’m taking 20 units per quarter, so it goes with what can fit in my schedule. I’ve had a lot of great RE. I’ve had three with Education and childhood education because I'm interning with Yolo Farm to Fork. I started broad but found my thing throughout the way which is nice. I guess electives are doing its job in helping me figure out what I want to do.
Do you have a focus for your Restricted Electives (REs)?
I’m definitely interested in urban agriculture, specifically through elementary school gardens. I’m also interested in agroecology and I’m trying to find more grad programs that specify in that. I want to focus on a systems approach and looking at what is working and what isn’t in agroecological practices that are existing already in Latin America and seeing how I could implement that system in other cultures, specifically Western cultures.
The culinary route opened my eyes to the whole farm to fork movement and also that I wasn’t satisfied with my restaurant and food serving career. I want to have a career that helps the environment, is more involved with the community, and has that team environment that supports each other. Once I saw the description of this major, I said, “That’s it man! That sounds so perfect! I still didn’t know what the heck I wanted to do, but the SA&FS values are so fitting, I had to.” I love that it’s so small, it’s special to me because it feels like a community. I feel supported, especially with the peer advisers, and finding people that love food and want to make a positive change in the food system. I feel so grateful for this major.
Are pastry and baking still a big part of your life?
Career-wise I see myself moving away from that but it will always be something I love to do as a hobby. Fruit tarts are my favorite thing to make. Just because it incorporates really good fresh fruit that can speak for itself but who doesn’t love pastry cream and crust?
Do you think SA&FS has prepared you for post-Davis?
Yes, because even though I don’t know exactly what I want to go into, I’m learning how to learn, and I think that’s the greatest thing I can get out of college. I found something that I’m passionate about and motivated for and I think that the broad spectrum of what SA&FS covers is preparing me for my future career.
Is there anything you would like people to know about you that they may not already know?
I may seem quiet but feel free to come up and talk to me. I love making friends! Once I start talking to someone, they’ll see just how open and outgoing I am. I wish people knew I was more open and not that shy.