Why I chose Wisconsin? 

There are only a handful of agroecology programs all over the world. I chose to study at UW Madison because the agroecology program here is very unique in that it offers interdisciplinary research and coursework and provides learners opportunity to view agriculture from an agronomic, biological, economic, environmental and social lens. 

Why this degree? 

I wanted to study agroecology because of my long-held interests in food security and sovereignty, climate change, and sustainable agricultural production. My master’s research addresses all these areas. 

Difference in focus from freshmen year to graduation? 

There was a big change from my first year at UW Madison. It would be my first time in the US, so I expected it anyway. The community I had helped me navigate challenged and I’m grateful to them. I feel like I was always focused. The only thing that changed from time to time was what I wanted to do after graduation. 

What’s next? 

I’ll be starting my PhD in Nutritional Sciences this fall at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For the most part, my PhD would be a continuation of my master’s research. I’m excited about the prospect and can’t wait to get started.