I’m a third year Ph.D. student in Nutritional Sciences
Why I chose Penn State
I began my undergraduate education at a different institution, but it didn’t feel like the right fit. When I transferred to Penn State, I not only found the university community I was looking for, I also discovered a field I was passionate about—nutrition. Penn State’s Nutritional Sciences degree allowed me to engage my desire to help others with my interest in promoting healthy lifestyles. When I was accepted to Penn State’s Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences program, I was excited for the opportunity to continue my nutrition education in one of the nation’s best research doctorate programs in Nutritional Sciences.
As an undergraduate, I was a member of the Student Nutrition Association and, as a graduate student, I am a member (and the former vice president) of the Nutrition Graduate Student Association.
I’m still figuring out my career path, but I intend to find a position where I can continue to teach and inspire people to care about their health, either as an instructor, a government employee, or a professional in a community organization. I am impassioned by the current health crises and plan to use my education to make a difference.
Why I’m proud to be a Penn Stater
When I first moved to State College as a junior, I didn’t know anyone and felt a bit lost. However, the sense of community at Penn State made me feel comfortable right away and I knew I belonged here. At Penn State, I was able to embrace my love for learning and gain a deeper appreciation for the profound role that nutrition plays in every aspect of daily life. The exceptional education I’ve received and the family I’ve found at this University make me proud to tell people that I am a Penn State student, donor, and alumna.
How philanthropy affected my education
My educational journey would not have been the same without the scholarships I received as an undergraduate and graduate student at Penn State. These scholarships reduced the significant burden of student loans and allowed me to remain focused on my education. Without generous assistance, I would not have been able to continue pursing my passion and career goals in graduate school.