What inspired you to become a nutrition major?
From a young age, I was really interested in nutrition and healthcare. As soon as I took a nutrition class during my sophomore year, I knew I had found the field that I wanted to be in.
What advice do you have for students considering a major in nutrition?
Go for it! Nutrition is an awesome field because it has such a wide range of career opportunities — from food service and production, to corporate wellness, to dietetics and sports nutrition — you can find something that is right for you. Also, don't be too intimidated by the introductory science courses. They are tough, but they really teach you important study habits.
How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
I have accepted a position in a 12-month dietetic internship and master's degree program at Saint Louis University. It will be a whirlwind, but I know Saint Ben's has prepared me really well! After that, I look forward to finding a challenging position, working clinically as a dietitian. Long-term, I would love the opportunity to teach nutrition as a professor.
What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?
Academically, the highlight of my time has been doing individual research because it gives me the opportunity to improve on the aspects of nutrition that most interest me, to challenge myself to set my own deadlines and hold myself accountable, and improve my oral presentation skills. Of course the biggest highlight is being a Bennie and enjoying all of the wonderful relationships this school has to offer — the amazing faculty and staff, the monastic community and the Bennies and Johnnies that will be my friends long after I leave.
What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
My biggest challenge was learning how to study and excel in courses. It took time to figure out the best way for me to learn and retain information.
Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?
I am a member of the Nutrition Club and I am a nutritional biochemistry and exercise nutrition teaching assistant. I spend my free time swimming, running, hiking, attending Blazer and Johnnie athletic events and enjoying everything St. Joe and Collegeville have to offer.