Colorado State University
I attended Colorado State University from Fall 2015 to Fall 2018, graduating a semester early. I had numerous enriching experiences throughout my time here that have greatly shaped who I am today. Many of these unique experiences are highlighted throughout this portfolio. In regards to my nutrition-focused coursework, there are a few noteworthy class experiences.
FSHN 492: Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition
In this class we worked in groups to present an in-depth nutrition research project to hundreds of professionals at CSU. My research partner Sarah and I decided to research collagen supplementation and its potential effects on osteoarthritis. We found potentially promising effects of collagen for health.
FSHN 451: Community Nutrition
In this class, we developed a semester-long nutrition intervention with community partners across Northern Colorado. We got the chance to work with Respite Care and implement a healthy zucchini noodle lunch to increase vegetable consumption.
FSHN 450: Medical Nutrition Therapy
In this class, we were able to practice mock counseling interviews in a clinical inpatient setting with professional actors, complete various in-depth case studies and gain practice write PES statements, and learn about various nutrition conditions and diet drug interactions.
Global Engagement in Nicaragua Study Abroad Experience
I studied abroad in Nicaragua for 2 weeks in January 2018. It was truly a life-changing experience. I learned about coffee production, free trade, fair trade, Nicaragua history, and their women’s movement.
During the experience, the culture shock became quite immediate to me. I quickly realized the general differences in safety, cleanliness, occupations, and access to resources. I also noticed the differences in food culture, access to nutritious foods, abundance of processed foods, and lack of education surrounding health. Many Nicaraguans work relentless hours in dangerous markets or sweatshops just to merely make it by with beans and rice–nowhere near adequate nutrition. These kinds of experiences motivate me to work towards making actionable differences to help those facing nutrition disparities.
Awards, Honors, and Professional Memberships
Every semester, I was awarded with the Dean’s List Honor Roll, signifying a GPA of 3.75 or higher. I graduated with distinction, cum laude. I was also honored to be chosen as the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center Student Spotlight my senior year. The full article can be read here.
I am also a proud member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In the past, I created updated flyer designs for the Northern Colorado Dietetic Association (NCDA) as a part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.