Agriscience and Environmental Systems Major
Derrick Davis wanted a big toolkit filled with the intellectual tools he felt he'd need for today's versatile agriculture. And that’s what the 25-year-old from McDonough, Ga., is getting from the faculty on the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton, Ga., campus.
"It was my dream to graduate from the University of Georgia," he said. "And the Agriscience and Environmental Systems offered in Tifton is a broad degree that gets you prepared for real-life situations, which is perfect for today's job world."
Davis saw a broader aspect of that world when he traveled to Greece with a study-abroad program in 2006.
Q&A with Derrick
If you could start over, would you attend UGA Tifton and choose the same major?
This is an awesome degree. Teachers teach the information in class and then let you put the skills to work in the field during labs.
What's your favorite class and why?
Seed Technology, because Dr. John Beasley taught his class very well and could explain himself so students could follow what he explained in class. He is very smart and passionate about his teaching. He's a very busy man that takes time out of his life to teach students about his passions.
What's the most interesting thing you've learned this year?
All of the effects that ethanol is causing on our economy, like higher prices for corn, which causes livestock feed prices to rise. It's causing a larger demand for corn, which may result in smaller amounts for human consumption. On the positive side, ethanol plants are being built in Georgia, which will provide more jobs.
What exposure did you have to agriculture before coming to CAES?
I worked on farms with tobacco, cattle and hay and worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to stay in the agricultural industry and work for a company that will benefit from my knowledge learned at UGA Tifton.
What do you like best about UGA Tifton?
The one-on-one teaching. Students really learn the material, not just memorize it.
More about Derrick
Favorite music: Most Southern classic rock
Favorite thing to do on campus: The campus social where we cook on the grill for everyone to eat and students get to know each other better. This also gives teachers and students time to interact with each other out of the classroom, which results in classes not being so intimidating.
Favorite thing to do outside class: Hang out with friends. Play golf and hunt.
Biggest surprise about UGA Tifton: Classes were very in-depth and harder than I expected.
Share Your Story!
We are looking for interesting students, faculty, and staff to feature in our students section.
If you are involved with CAES academics and would like to share your CAES story, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.