Expected Graduation Year/semester: Spring 2013
Hometown: Renner, South Dakota
Why did you choose to attend SDSU?
I choose to attend SDSU because it was so welcoming. I could really see myself here, working on school and becoming involved. The environment was perfect for me. The size of the SDSU was also high on my list because it wasn’t a huge university where I would feel like a number, but it also wasn’t too small, so there were plenty of things to get involved in. I knew I wanted to go into Dietetics, and the fact that they had my major was a big deciding factor. Overall, it just felt like the right fit for me.
What has been your most interesting class, and what about it did you enjoy?
As challenging as it was, I really enjoyed Anatomy. I found how the body is put together and how all the body systems work together for the goal of life to be so interesting. The class was a lot of work but it was fascinating. In addition, the professor really made the class interesting by asking us to think outside the box and had many attention-grabbing moments to keep us involved.
Who has inspired you the most at SDSU and in what way?
I would have to say my Human Nutrition Professor Shelly Brandenburger; she made my major come to life for me. I was very sure about my major entering college but she really instilled all the aspects of nutrition within me and I absolutely love it.
What is your favorite or most memorable SDSU experience?
My freshman year of college I got involved in Dietetics and Human Sciences Club and was one of two freshmen involved, so it was a bit intimidating. Although, that year we went on a professional development trim to Denver Colorado and all of the upperclassmen were very welcoming and really accepted me, I had a great time and learned so much of what I needed to do in the future to accomplish all my goals.
Where do you see yourself in the future/10 years?
In ten years I would love to be a practicing Dietitian. I hope to get my master’s degree in Nutrition or Exercise Science. I also would really enjoy becoming a clinical dietitian and being with the patients in the hospital setting. I would like to help people become healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What piece of advice would you give new students?
A lot of people don’t understand that the first semester and year are very important to do well they set the pace for the rest of your college career. Get involved, this is great for networking in college and gaining advice of experts and fellow students. In addition, work hard, and do your best, but also make time to have some fun.