Meet CALS student Anita Anongdeth

CALS students are doing amazing things, and we’re excited to feature some of them in our Q&A series!

This week, we’re hearing from Anita Anongdeth, a senior majoring in horticulture with a certificate in Asian American studies.

How are you involved on campus? 

I enjoy attending events put on by various multicultural and queer clubs on campus.

Why have you chosen your field of study? 

I love science and plants, so horticulture was just the perfect fit for me. My certificate allows me to better understand my experiences as an Asian American and find a sense of community at a PWI [Predominantly White Institution]. I also find the subject really interesting.

What do you like about being at UW–Madison and in CALS? 

UW–Madison and CALS have given me many opportunities to explore various topics and experiences. I was able to study abroad in South Africa through scholarships that CALS provided, and I admire much of the staff that I met through classes.

What accomplishments or achievements would you like to share with the CALS community? 

I am so proud of my study abroad experience, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the scholarships I received. I am also the proud child of immigrant parents and will be the first in my immediate family to graduate college. I have been able to experience many student jobs and internships through the university and am happy with what I was able to accomplish.

What do you want to do once you graduate?

I want to move out of the Midwest and see different landscapes and communities since I was born and raised in Madison. I hope to work in a job that allows me to connect communities with the outdoors or their food sources.

Is there anything else you want to tell us?

Scholarships are a lot easier to apply to than one would think! The worst thing that can happen if you aren’t awarded one is you get extra practice writing. Students should apply for whatever experiences they are interested in. You never know what you can end up doing!