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In this Issue
  • Not Goodbye, but See You Later
  • An Interview with Megan Langner
  • 2014-2015: A Review
  • Summer Internship Resources: A Reference Guide
  • Thank You: Too Many to Thank!
Not Goodbye—See You Later

Hi SA&FS,

 

Being a SA&FS peer adviser is such a great experiential learning opportunity for me to assimilate the 7 learning objectives. It means a lot to me, especially as an international student. Sometimes my English does not catch up with my passion/ideas, so those emails I sent to you had errors. I feel warm to read emails that people have replied to me, telling me how to fix the errors. Thank you all for your support and indulgence. I have learned so much from you all.

 

I am finishing my SA&FS study feeling empowered and passionate to improve the agri-food system. Being a SA&FS peer adviser is not solely to hold a student position, but one way for me to give back to the SA&FS major. One year ago I saw the need to build a neutral space that withholds assumptions for students to learn and grow through sharing opinions with each other. It was so nice to see many of your faces throughout the year. If any of you feel that I look more like a SA&FS friend than a peer-adviser; this would be the highest reward to me.

 

Let us applaud ourselves for all our hard schoolwork through the year. Let us wish all the graduating seniors the best. SA&FS is a rapidly growing major and yes, let us keep the hard work and change the real world.

 

I will stay in UC Davis to finish my undergraduate study for the coming Fall. I would not be a peer adviser anymore, but if any of you need my help, you know my email address.

 

Best,

Feifan

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What a great year it has been! I am so happy that I got to be a part of the SA&FS advising team and work with so many brilliant minds. My sentiments could not be better spoken as it can be sung in this song, check it out! This summer will a busy one as the advising team prepares for the upcoming year. There are many fun activities to look forward to (including SA&FS t-shirts! Submit your designs by June 30th) and we can’t wait to share them with you.


Happy summer,

Shea

An Interview with Megan Langner

Shea & Kenna: What drew you to SA&FS as a major?
Megan:  I went to the SA&FS Celebration which got me thinking SA&FS sounded pretty cool and like something in which I’d be interested. So I kept tabs on it and at the end of my sophomore year i declared the major. But I already had a background in it.

What background?
Well, urban ag. I was in 4-H, Girl Scouts, I’m a beekeeper; my parents have an orchard in the backyard. When we brought the bees in, the orchard exploded and we didn’t know what to do with all the fruit. So we started canning and this community of people growing things in their backyard came together.

Where are you from?
East Bay, Lafayette, near Walnut Creek if you know where that is.

Has SA&FS prepared you for your next steps after college?
Yeah, SA&FS does a good job of preparing you; I wish I had used the Career Success Center. SA&FS is a broad field, but still specialized, you know, there’s a lot of different ways to do it. But I am confident in my abilities and the skill set I have to offer.

How do you view the major as an entity?
SA&FS is an amoeba constantly changing shape. It’s fluid. Its organic. It’s kind of nice that it’s not one single thing all the time, that it’s constantly adapting.

What does the ideal SA&FS student look like?
Ideals don’t really exist. The funny thing about SA&FS is that there isn’t one type of student. With Restricted Electives and Internships, you make the major your own. You get to do what you’re interested in instead of doing things by the books. But you know I have my little quirks, like that I’m a beekeeper.

We know your quirks, but there are people who would call you quiet. What do you have to say about that?
Being an introvert in SA&FS is a different experience.  When you first enter and everyone is so friendly, it can be a little intimidating for an introvert. A lot of assumptions get made about us, but most of them are not the case. I have fewer friends but much closer. And speaking up in class thing is a SA&FS thing, but it’s not my thing. I am much better in writing; it’s a better way to represent what I’m thinking and feeling. I’ve learned to play to my strengths as a student in the major and that being an introvert is not necessarily a bad thing. I love discussions; I’ve just learned how to find those people I can talk to.

A part of SA&FS is activism, where all of us are activists in some way. How do you see yourself fitting in?
There are many types of activism. SA&FS caters to all types. I know that I’m not going to be the one “on the front lines” and that’s okay.

What is one thing you knew before you entered the major?
You have to take charge in SA&FS. There is a lot of flexibility within the major and it can be a little overwhelming at times. When all the options were laid out before me, I wasn’t prepared to make the decisions I needed to make. I couldn’t see far enough into the future or able to look at all the classes as a whole to better understand what I wanted to accomplish. I wish I had known sooner that my education wasn’t going to be handed to me so that I was ready to take on the challenge when the time came.

 

2014-2015: SA&FS Community Timeline
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Summer Internships: A Reference Guide

Summer is here—almost… basically. 

We do know that the school year is stressful and sometimes you just have to do your best to get through the year and then worry about all else later. If this is you and you also want to tackle a summer internship this year, do not fret! There are plenty of opportunities available for this summer!

Are you into cultivating both the soil and your soul, as well as being in Hawaii (this is a rhetorical question)? if you answered yes—which you probably did, because uh, soil and Hawaii!—then the following work-retreat opportunity may be right for you:
 
Kauai Work Retreat: Cultivating the Soil, Cultivating the Soul
July 19-26, 2015
Please visit the Kauai Work Retreat website to apply.

 
Not your thing? No worries! Check out the past two beets (one & two) for a comprehensive look at summer internships for SA&FS students (i.e. deadlines, how tos, where to find).
Thank You
 
On behalf of your peer advising team, and the greater SA&FS community, we have some very wonderful and kind-hearted people that we would like to thank (in no specific order!):
 
Professor Will Horwath
Professor Tom P. Tomich
Professor Mark Van Horn
Galyna Erdman
Agricultural Sustainability Institute
Student Farm
Students for Sustainable Agriculture Club

The Rooftopper Group aka Kiko Barr, Aris Curtis, Kenneth Lekashman, Lisa McGurty, Kristen Murphy
Students of SA&FS

To all of you, thank you for doing what you do. Thank you to those that give their time and energy to meet with students (even though we know you have so little!). Thank you to those that provide opportunities to students that allow us to grow and thank you to those that work with and support the SA&FS community. Thank you to those that give their time and passion to bettering us as a whole. Your time, passion, energy, perspective, and presence is invaluable and we are grateful to have each of you as a part of this lovely ecosystem. Thank you for being you. 

We love all of you with our whole hearts,
Your Peer Advising Team
Check out this quarter's beets! (1) april 12 & (2) april 26 & (3) may 10 & (4) may 24
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Peer Advising Summer Hours
Feifan Yang:
to be determined
Shea Robinson:
by appointment only
sgrobinson@ucdavis.edu

SA&FS Peer Advising Office
1303 Hart Hall 
UC Davis


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