Meanwhile, I did my undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and later graduated from Rice University in 2009. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa for graduating top 5% of my class and also completing at least 90 semester hours in courses that reflect "learning for its own sake.” I graduated with majors in Kinesiology, specializing in Health Sciences, and also received my Bachelor of Art Degree. I specialized in ceramics, I was honored to receive multiple grants at the time and displayed my own exhibits on both Vanderbily and Rice University campuses. I also studied vocal performance, and music theory, and I briefly studied abroad in Costa Rica, focusing on organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable living.
While I was attending Rice University, I started the Rawfully Organic Co-op in my garage in Houston. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday my family, friends, and I dispensed fresh fruits and vegetables to our community and neighbors, until the co-op had so many supporters that it grew into three separate locations around Houston, feeding more than 50,000 people and more than 600-1000 families per week.
After many families would take their produce home, they would return with questions: “What exactly is this fruit?!” “What do I do with this kale?” “What recipes can I make with these vegetables and fruits?” To answer their questions, I began my FullyRaw Kristina YouTube channel, where I posted videos to share with my Texas co-op followers and anyone else who wanted to know how to eat fullyraw. I quickly learned that it wasn’t just my Texas community who needed this health information. The channel began to grow virally, and hundreds of people grew into thousands of hungry individuals wanting to learn about how to treat illnesses, eat more fruits and vegetables, and live a raw vegan lifestyle like me.