Tessa Lasswell


Tessa Lasswell is graduating in the spring of 2014. She is a nutrition major from Eagan, Minn.

What inspired you to become a nutrition major?
Coming into CSB as a first-year, I had no idea that I would end up a nutrition major. I originally intended on majoring in education. However, after taking Nutrition 125 second semester of my first-year, I knew that nutrition was the right major for me. Nutrition 125 covers a vast array of subjects which allowed me to briefly become acclimated in subjects I would study in more depth as I progressed further into the major. I also appreciated how much of what I was learning in the classroom was applicable to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What advice do you have for students considering a major in nutrition?
Go ahead and take the introductory nutrition! As I mentioned above, this class teaches about food and the essential nutrients your body needs to keep you healthy. So if you decide that a nutrition major is not for you (which I don't know how you could!) the course is still beneficiary. I recommend taking initiative and reaching out to the professors. They are a tremendous resource and always willing to answer questions. Professors' work with your schedule to make all of the required courses fit your four-year plan. It's also helpful to talk with current nutrition majors about their experiences, why they became nutrition majors or what they plan to do after graduation. I think it's important to think of the big picture and ask yourself if you can see yourself working in a nutrition related career. Don't get overwhelmed by all the courses you have to take — you will make it through and feel completely prepared for your post-graduation plans if you put forth the time.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to get an internship after which I will be qualified to become a Registered Dietitian. I want to work as a dietitian in either a clinical, public health or school setting. I am interested in working with pediatrics, potentially with a focus in diabetes. I want to work abroad, focusing on providing healthy food options for malnourished children and their families who do not have access to adequate nutrition. I hope to work for a nonprofit organization at some point, and then eventually start my own.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?
I traveled to South Africa for a semester my junior year and had the most amazing experience learning about the culture, going on excursions and doing service work. I got to serve as a teacher's assistant in a 2nd grade classroom. The students I met were so energetic. They re-energized me every day! One of my favorite memories was climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town, one of the new wonders of the world!

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
Being able to stay balanced is something that is a challenge for me. I am a person who likes to be involved and dedicate much time to her relationships and studies. Because of this, I have to make sure that I am allocating ample time to all my interests. I also have to make sure that I am taking enough time for myself so that I do not burn out. 

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?
I am Nutrition Club co-president, a Eucharistic minister, a former Hynes Scholar Cohort member, an office assistant for the CSB Financial Aid/Student Employment office and an introductory Nutrition Department teaching assistant.