A Brief Interview with CJB Member Deborah Kagan


Interviewer: Hello, Deb, I’m so excited to chat with you. To begin our interview, could you start off by introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about your studies here at Davis? 

Deborah: My name is Deb, I’m a double-major in communications and psychology and I’m getting a minor in education. 

I: Since you’re a returning CJB member, I was wondering how many years have you been on the Board and why did you decide to stick around?

D: This is my second year on the Board and I think that I’m on it because I like what the Board does. We preserve the academic integrity of Davis. If students cheat their way through college, that takes away from the value of our degree, and we want to uphold that value because we all work so hard for it.

I: How is integrity relevant to your personal life and future career? 

D: I try to be honest with myself. If something isn’t working out, I’ll think to myself: “Well, maybe reconsider this.” In my future career, I think it’s important to be honest not only with myself, but also with others because no matter what you do, you have to make sure that you’re not doing anything that will cost you your career. You should just try to be a good person and make good decisions in any aspect of your life.

I: What important lessons have you learned during your time on the Board?

D: I think I've learned that people sometimes do things that they maybe shouldn’t do and those things may be regrettable in the future. I think that my time on the Board has showed me that you can have the same outcome, but you can get that outcome honestly or dishonestly. Who you are as a person, where you stand on the moral ground, will have you pick a path of integrity or not.

I: What has been the most rewarding experience for you during your time as a Campus Judicial Member? 

D: The most rewarding I think is when people say thank you after you advise them. I think advising in general is really rewarding because the hearing process can be very frustrating for students and it does stress them out a lot, so I think when the student thanks me for my help, that’s a pretty rewarding experience. In those moments I feel like I’m making an impact on someone’s life because college is already stressful and when you add a hearing on top of it, that makes it even worse. The fact that I can help someone feel better about it is pretty awesome.

I: What are some other things you are involved in, other than CJB?

D: Right now I intern at an elementary school and that’s a very rewarding experience as well. I work with little kids and they really like everyone, and they will tell you their whole life story at P.E. time. I like that I get to work with them and help them out, especially the ones that really need help. I met kids there who said that they’re bad at math, and I was just like: “Me too, but I’m in college now so let’s go, do the multiplications.” 

I: As a senior who is about to graduate, what has been one of the things that you have accomplished at Davis that you are proud of?

D: I’ve made Dean’s list multiple times and I’m very proud of that. I’m also proud of the fact that I’ve learned to rebound from failure, which was really hard at the time. Yeah, it happened, I might not be over it, but it’s in the past. 

I: What are your top three favorite food places in Davis? 

D: Burgers and Brew is definitely my top choice, I recommend the spicy guac burger. My second choice would be the taqueria on L street, it’s family owned and it’s really good. And then I also recommend taqueria Guadalajara, and, if you’re asking, Mexican food is my favorite food. The biggest problem in my life is that I’m always craving a burrito. 

I: If you could be any movie character, who would you be and why?

D: I think at the moment I relate to Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde” the most because she’s very strong and independent, and she works very hard to take the LSAT, which is a really hard test, and she gets into Harvard. She's got goals.

I: What is your favorite ice cream flavor and why? 

D: It’s hard to pick a favorite but I think I’m going to go with cookies and cream, it’s really good. 

I: What do you think is the best place to hang out or study on campus? 

D: I don’t really study on campus, but when I chill out I like to go to the Arboretum, away from people. I used to go there before class all the time. I would go there, put my phone on “Do Not Disturb,” and drink my coffee. 

I: What is your favorite egghead on campus?

D: I like the egghead next to the library because he’s very relatable. You don’t know if he’s sleeping or if he’s just really into the book. 

- Written by Alisa Prokurashko, student CJB member, 2/19