Top 5 reasons I chose to major in food and resource economics (and you should, too!)
Written by Lindsey Harris, junior food and resource economics major
I grew up in Chiefland, FL, and have been a Gator fan my entire life. I always knew that I wanted to go to UF, but it was not until my junior year of high school that I decided to major in food and resource economics (FRE) at the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). While there are many reasons I chose this major, I’d like to share five key reasons:
5. Application of critical thinking skills to the agricultural and natural resource industries
I grew up in a small farm town where I learned the importance of farming and agriculture. After joining the FFA in sixth grade, I soon knew that feeding the world and sustaining our natural resources was something I wanted to be a part of. My major is preparing me to do this through critical thinking and knowledge about the agriculture industry.
4. One-on-one advising
CALS is one of the few colleges at UF that offers one-on-one advising. This was important to me as I wanted to make sure I was getting the best advice on my next steps throughout college.
3. Agricultural and natural resource law minor
Throughout most of my life, people have told me that they thought I would make a great lawyer. I had never really considered choosing this career until the end of high school. While it was in the back of my mind, I still wasn’t sure that this was what I wanted to do. However, I knew if I majored in FRE, I would have a good foundation if I decided to pursue law school. The FRE department houses the agricultural and natural resource law minor, which is designed for undergraduate students from all disciplines who wish to focus on business, environmental and social regulatory issues related to the production of food, fuel and fiber. I am glad that I made the decision to study FRE as I am now aiming for law school and specializing in agriculture.
2. Application of mathematics
I chose this major because math is one of my strengths. While food and resource economics is technically an economics major, there is a lot of math involved in each class. I enjoy math more so than writing and the natural sciences, and I felt that I would be able to do well in this program.
1. College core values reflecting the land-grant mission
The final reason I chose the FRE major is because of CALS’ core values of integrity, diversity, collaboration and service. To me, it is important to contribute to your community and help others while helping yourself. The college selected these values as representative of its land-grant mission, grounded in the ideals of access, innovation and relevance. CALS encourages us to live out these values through service learning projects such as the CALS Leadership Institute and in our annual Day of Service, working together on initiatives such as our annual Teacher Appreciation Week, and much more.
Throughout the past year and a half, I have learned a lot about myself and have had many opportunities opened up to me because of my chosen major. My time at UF and in CALS has better prepared me for my future career and the real world. I am thankful that I chose this major and am excited to see what is in store over the next couple of years.