photo of Morgan student leader profileYear in School: 4th

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Major(s): Food Science and Technology

Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Food Chemistry

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
I didn't choose to become a student leader originally. I was just an active member in the Food Technology Club as a freshman. When no one ran for one of the officer positions, I was given the role; it turned out to be very beneficial since I wouldn't have run otherwise. Once I was in a position, it just snowballed and I enjoyed moving up.  Now I run the club. The whole experience has been really good and has opened up a lot of doors for me.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
The hardest part is finding time to have everyone together in one place. There are a lot of logistics to deal with between finding a time when people can meet and get the dialogue going, finding people to help out, and then getting those people moving. It is not as simple as it seems. Also, the people in charge don’t always want to be in charge, but they stick with it because someone has to do it. 

What is your most memorable experience at UC, Davis?
When I was a freshman in the dorms, my friends and I started an Ultimate Frisbee team and got second place in the league.  We have kept the team going and keep getting second place.  Next quarter is out last chance; hopefully we will win. It is a fun game with everyone since everyone on the team is so close.

What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?
Whole Earth Festival. There are always cool things like statues built out of driftwood, cool vendors of all sorts, great art, great music, and vegetarian food.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?
It is never too late or too early to get involved. I started getting involved when I got to campus, but some people I know are just getting started and they are the some of the most helpful. There is always something to do whether it is an officer position, helping out at an event, or helping in a lab.

How does getting involved complement your studies?
Given that a lot of my positions are food science related, I've gotten a lot more background in the field than what I would get in class alone.  I learn more about the industry and make connections through my involvements.  Also, I get to use all that I have learned in class and research on the College Bowl team. 

Future plans
I don't have any concrete plans.  The general plan is to work for a few years in the food industry and then go back to graduate school.  I want to do something with sustainability: water, land, meat sources. Basically, anything to promote sustainability in the food system. And I want to help people.  By being involved in the Food Technology Club, I have built a network that has let me meet people in the industry, learn about companies, and had professors help connect me to where I want to go.  It is good to be involved. 

Fun Facts

  • Role Model: As I get older I feel like I'm becoming more like my dad; he is always running around and working.  He is the hardest working person I know and I wouldn't be opposed to ending up like that.  Also, I try to be like anyone who embodies positive characteristics.
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: Motto - “Work hard. Play hard.”
  • Hobbies: Cooking, trying new food, Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, running, and going to concerts