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Will you be applying to internships this year?
Why did you decide to study dietetics?
This is my second degree. I originally studied business management and was a financial administrator before I began this program. I've always enjoyed learning about science and I became very interested in how food and nutrition affects well-being after a Dietitian helped me overcome a health issue. After years of learning independently, I decided to pursue a degree in dietetics in order to engage my true passions: science, nutrition, and helping others. With the help of my RD, I gained a new lease on life; I want to help others in the same way she helped me.
What has been your favorite part about being a student at SFSU?
I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know my fellow dietetics students. I’ve learned so much from them all and I am fortunate for the opportunity to be in this program with them. When Spring semester comes to an end, I know many of the relationships I built here will continue to flourish.
What has been your least favorite/hardest part of the program?
The first semester was the most challenging for me. I had moved from New York City to San Francisco the month before class started, and it was a difficult transition getting used to my new surroundings. My volunteer and school activities helped me acclimate quickly, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know my peers and my new community.
What extracurricular activities are you involved with (clubs, volunteering, etc)?
When I'm not working or in class, I volunteer at UCSF Medical Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Saint Anthony’s Dining Room, and Woodleaf Eating Disorder Center. On campus, I am a research volunteer for Dr. George and I take pleasure in working with the Student Dietetics Association, where I am the current Marketing and Fundraising Chair. With the SDA, I am also the co-leader and mentor for the SFSU Dietetics Mentoring Group, and am the co-founder of the disordered eating education group on campus, EDucate.
I enjoy going to conferences to meet others, keep up-to-date with current issues, and to hear different perspectives of healthcare and nutrition.
What are your nondietetics passions, interests, and hobbies?
My father really inspired me to take an interest in the arts when I was younger: I am a photographer, I play guitar, and I paint. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where I fell in love with hiking and long-distance running. I’ve run two NYC marathons and am looking forward to running another one soon.
I also really enjoy cooking and making meals for others. My mother and grandmother taught me how to cook and appreciate food when I was younger.
What are your future professional goals?
I look forward to becoming a clinical dietitian. I thrive in clinical and hospital environments and I have a great enthusiasm for medical nutrition therapy. After volunteering and working in a few different hospitals, I know that it’s a great fit for me.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I have helped plan six black tie fundraising dinners at the Waldorf Astoria for the non-profit I worked for in NYC. Even when I was a financial administrator, I found a way to work with food.
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