Students Say: Being Vegan at WVU

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Kristen Arbogast

By Abby Humphreys

Kristen Arbogast is a 20-year-old junior from New Martinsville, WV, who has been vegan since June 2016.

Why did you become vegan?

I became vegan after watching three documentaries: Earthlings, Forks Over Knives, and Cowspiracy. The documentaries touched on everything I care about, such as health, the environment, and preventing animal cruelty. However, my main reason for changing my diet was because of my love for animals.

What were some challenges to becoming (and staying) vegan?

Some of the hardest aspects of being a “new vegan” would be finding convenient vegan foods. There were a lot of things that I could simply microwave and eat before becoming vegan, but after making that dietary change, I couldn’t eat them anymore. It may seem silly, but when I realized that certain breads, cereals and soups were vegan, it became a lot easier because I could always fall back on them for a meal.