What do you like to do for fun?
Some of my current hobbies include running, hiking, cooking, and reading (I hope to add traveling to that list in the near future!). I also love a good weekend afternoon spent playing board games or watching movies with family and friends.
What has been the most exciting part of your internship so far?
The most exciting part of my internship so far as been networking with other professionals and learning about all of the different community programs/resources that are out there. Public health is such a broad area within the field, but my community rotation has helped me wrap my head around all of the factors that play into community health and the importance of working collaboratively with other partners to improve health outcomes in a large population.
What interested you in a career in dietetics?
I became curious about nutrition early on in high school which led me to pursue a major in dietetics at Iowa State University. My interest grew throughout those four years when I learned about the importance of nutrition and the large role it plays in all stages of life. Knowing that I could use this knowledge of nutrition to help make a difference in people’s lives is what made me want to become a dietitian. That desire continues to grow even more as I learn about all of the different opportunities there are for dietitians – what an exciting field to enter!
If you could give incoming freshman who are thinking of going into dietetics one piece of advice, what would it be?
My biggest piece of advice would be to take advantage of all opportunities and get involved right away outside the classroom. Join your school’s Student Dietetic Association, attend different meetings and conferences, shadow as many dietitians as possible, and gain a variety of work/volunteer positions. Not only will you gain essential skills and build your resume, but you will also be introduced to areas within the field of dietetics that you never knew existed!