Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
I grew up very poor, I have ten siblings and my dad was a logger while my mom stayed at home to care for us. We grew a lot of our own food and early on I realized how important food crop production was! If you get a crop disease or have bad weather, you might not eat! As a highschool student I got the chance to work at a potato farm and really see plant disease and the problems it can create. As a plant pathologist you can make a huge difference in the quality of people's lives.