Melissa Bradley


Melissa Bradley is graduating in the spring of 2014. She is a nutrition major from Minnetonka, Minn.

What inspired you to become a nutrition major?
I have always had a love of food and I have watched the important role it plays in my life and the lives of my friends and family. Without food, none of us would be here. I think it is important to know the impact that different types of foods have on our bodies. Food is culture and CSB and SJU allowed me not only to study food on campus, but the colleges offer a wide variety of study abroad opportunities that allows students to experience culture firsthand. One of my most enjoyable experiences abroad was trying out the local cuisine.

What advice do you have for students considering a major in nutrition?
You have to have a passion for food, a strong work ethic and a love of learning. The field of nutrition is constantly changing because of new research, discoveries and dietary recommendations. Your learning will not stop after you graduate from CSB and SJU. In whatever major you choose, it is helpful to be passionate about what you are studying! Also, do not be afraid to ask professors for help, attend study sessions or study with your classmates. At a small liberal arts college like CSB and SJU, the professors are here to help you succeed, and asking questions is an important step towards success.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
I will be beginning a dietetic internship in June and will take the Registered Dietitian examination upon completion of the internship. Once I am a Registered Dietitian, I hope to begin practicing in a clinical setting, specifically in pediatrics, cardiology or a renal unit.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?
The highlight of my experience at CSB and SJU was my time spent studying abroad in Greece and Italy. The time I spent abroad was invaluable as I learned about new cultures, their history and languages. Food and culture are inexplicably intertwined and getting the chance to taste and cook the cuisine firsthand was applicable to my major, making my experience abroad that much more valuable.

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
Learning the balance between school, work and social life was challenging. I also had to develop strong study habits and prioritize what I needed to get done and how I will get there.

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?
I work for the Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department as a lab assistant and I am the treasurer of the Nutrition Club.