Discovering My Love for Agriculture

Why are you drawn to studying the major you have selected? Please discuss how your interests and related experiences have influenced your choice. Specifically, how will an education from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell University help you achieve your academic goals?

My first love was food—a love I hold in common with all the women in my family. When my mom started a catering company, I discovered that not only was I obsessed with the preparation and transformation of ingredients, I was freakishly good at it. I have a “perfect palate”—sort of like perfect pitch for musicians but with taste—meaning that I have a heightened sense of flavor quality that can detect more flavors than the average person.

In the 7th grade, I began to delve deeper into the world of food through molecular gastronomy, a field that incorporates both my love of science and cooking to transform food into new forms through chemistry. Deep down, my true nature is as a problem-solver; I have always viewed science as a sort of puzzle. I used emulsifiers to make “lemon air” to top my cookies and obsessively stalked food journals to hear about the newest technologies from the world's top restaurants.

At this time I had already discovered my love of agriculture and the outdoors and knew that the study of molecular gastronomy would confine me to a life away from the fields I loved. Since age 15, I’ve spent my summers hunched over vegetables under the scorching Colorado sun at a small organic farm called Ollin Farms, and I...

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