Christopher Mulya Class of 2023

Class of 2023: Christopher Mulya (BSc Food, Nutrition and Health)

Major in Food Science

Christopher Muylya

Christopher Mulya

How did LFS match your personal and/or professional interests?

LFS provided a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the complex interactions between land, food, society, and the environment. As someone who is passionate about food and nutrition, LFS offered an opportunity to delve into topics such as food science, food safety, food policy, and the role of nutrition in human health. Through the program I gained plenty of knowledge about the production, distribution, and consumption of food, and contributed to improving food systems and promoting healthy diets.

What challenges did you encounter while a student and how did you overcome them?

Balancing coursework, lab work, assignments, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities can be demanding. I managed to overcome this by applying effective time management skills, such as creating a schedule, prioritizing tasks, and avoiding procrastination, which helped me track and reduce stress. I also found it helpful to delegate tasks and seek support from classmates or professors when needed.

What was your favourite class and why?

LFS 350 was definitely one of the highlights of my undergraduate years in the faculty. As part of the LFS 350 course, my group undertook a project titled “Promoting Youth Engagement and Employment in Food Systems,” which involves gathering information on youth employment and engagement in food systems around the globe. We collaborated with the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) Report Team who was leading the work for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Committee on World Food Security. Our group delivered five case study summaries and figures that illustrated some gaps and opportunities to boost youth involvement in the agricultural sector. Some of our deliverables were featured in the 2021 HLPE report that aimed to inform national and international policy discussions on food systems topics such as Committee on World Food Security and bring more youth to the table.

Do you recommend students get involved in extra-curriculars? What did you do outside of the classroom?

Yes, I highly recommend that students get involved in extracurricular activities during their academic journey. I strongly believe that participating in extracurriculars can complement and enhance the overall college experience. In my last year of undergraduate studies, I was lucky enough to be a part of LFS ACE. As a team lead in LFS ACE, I was actively involved in organizing various events and initiatives. I led a team of fellow LFS students in planning virtual and in-person workshops, and events, providing valuable networking opportunities for the members of our faculty.

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