Arianne Kreger graduated from WSU in Food Science in May 2017. Kreger just finished a 6 month long internship in Bali, Indonesia with East Bali Cashews. We sat down to talk about her experience in Food Science and internship in Bali.
Q: Why did you choose to major in Food Science?
A: I chose food science because I love food and how it brings people together. I chose WSU because of their nationally high-ranking food science program and because, upon visiting, I was overwhelmed by both the passion exhibited by the faculty and staff as well as the amount of time they all took to make sure I felt welcome.
Q: What was your experience like as a Food Science student?
A: In a word? Amazing. The long answer to that, however, would be that I could not have asked for a better education. Not that it was ‘perfect’, but that’s part of its greatness. It readied me for life in well-roundedness and depth of curriculum, encouragement of passion for the subject, and by setting realistic expectations for workplace interactions.
Q: Why did you choose to intern at East Bali Cashews?
A: The aforementioned flyer had a 15% discount off of their Amazon Prime-eligible products. I initially ordered the nuts because I was going to buy nuts on my next grocery trip anyway. Upon receiving them in the mail, I was so delighted by the high quality of the product that I submitted my resume and cover letter. They responded immediately. I chose to accept the internship because of the broad array of tasks they described me doing; they didn’t (and still don’t) have a product development scientist, and I knew I could really get my hands dirty in the field. I did!
Q: Was it difficult being in another country?
A: Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Living in rural Indonesia, I was the only white person for kilometers. I was, therefore, constantly a public spectacle. That can be immensely exhausting. Being immersed in a new language was an invaluable experience, which was sometimes good, sometimes bad, and sometimes just plain hilarious. The ‘no’ part of my answer was living in a socio-centric society. Leading day-to-day life in a community that cares deeply for everyone in it and genuinely cares about your general well-being is an indescribable feeling.
Q: What have you learned from your internship and how did your major help prepare you for it?
A: I learned so much from my internship I could ramble on for hours. I learned to have a new view on ‘poverty’. I learned about international business practices, international labeling legality, and interacting with other humans from very different backgrounds. I learned to never write-off the value of people OR things and to listen. I learned that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And I learned that, above all, money makes the world go round. My education in food science helped me deal with labeling and legality tasks given to me by the company, which means stuff I wrote is actually on their packaging, so that’s kind of cool.