What inspired you to become a nutrition major?
I was born and raised in Mexico, where food is pivotal to almost every aspect of our culture. I learned to cultivate a special love and passion of buying, preparing and eating food! I also have a strong interest in the health care field, and nutrition was the major that enabled me to combine both of my interests. After taking nutrition classes and loving all of them, I decided that nutrition with a dietetics concentration was the right choice.
What advice do you have for students considering a major in nutrition?
I suggest looking at the different concentrations offered, and takinge classes that will help you determine which area of nutrition interests you the most. All of the faculty in the Nutrition Department are spectacular and always willing to help, so don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have.
How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
I would like to volunteer abroad for a year and then attend graduate school to learn more about integrative medicine. I would like to combine it with nutrition to help others live a healthy life. Ultimately, I would like to work as a dietitian and be involved in an international NGO to help solve nutrition issues worldwide.
What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?
It's hard to choose just one, but if I had to choose one it would be my trip to Boston to attend the Harvard National Model United Nations. This was such a unique experience not only because I was exposed to what the United Nation is and does, but also because I also got to tour beautiful Boston, meet people from literally every corner of the world and form relationships with other Bennies and Johnnies that are now some of my best friends. It was an incredible experience! I encourage everyone to apply.
What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
One of the biggest challenges I had to overcome was to learn how to manage my time wisely, which meant using a planner. It was easy for me to say yes to any opportunity that I came across in my first year, but I learned that it was okay to say no sometimes. Learning to use a planner helped me keep track of the things that I had to do, balance my academic schedule and personal life, and commit myself only to things that I could fit in my schedule.
Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?
I am a resident assistant in the sophomore area. I volunteer in Benco, where I teach children how to swim every Tuesday. I also volunteer in the St. Joseph Farmer's Market. I am a nutrition adviser in Johnnie Fitness, a health-focused business started by a Johnnie, where I apply what I have learned in my nutrition major by offering others advice to make healthy changes to their diet. I am also the co-vice president of the International Affairs Club.