Speech & Hearing Sciences Major
Nutritional Sciences Minor
Hometown: East Wenatchee, WA
What did it feel like to get in to the University of Washington?
When I got my accepted into UW I knew that I was one step closer to getting the education my parents and I always dreamed I would receive. I felt as though all the hard work I was doing was starting to pay off. From a young age I worked, was involved in clubs, and took challenging classes at my school. Even though there were many people who supported and believed in me, I proved to myself that I could do it since the initial hurdle of getting into a prestigious university was now behind me.
Why study Nutritional Sciences?
I have come to believe that health is one of the most important things to take care of. Even though everyone eats food, not everyone is equipped with the information on how to make educated decisions of what to put into their bodies to make themselves as healthy as they can be. Another reason I chose to study nutritional sciences is the fact that I love food! The science behind the textures, colors, nutrients, tastes, and energy that food provides is extremely interesting to me.
What are your professional goals?
I want to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and even though nutrition is not something that physical therapists usually consult their patients about, I do believe they go hand in hand. Without the proper nutrition, the body has a more challenging time performing the way we would like it to. Because of this I believe that knowing more about nutrition will help me better care for my future patients.
How do you feel about your time at the UW so far?
So far, my time at the UW has taught me that once a goal is accomplished, there is always another goal to be set.
Any advice for prospective students?
I would advise to really take advantage of the time you have at UW to try new things, and really get to know yourself, because there are so many opportunities to network, see new things, and get new perspectives while on campus.
Tell us about serving as a reservist.
Serving in the U.S. Army Reserves has given me another group of friends, mentors, and supporters, who have helped me step back and see what is important and realize that my goals are attainable so long as I put in the work for them. Being in the reserves and UW has taught me the value of time management.
Tell us something quirky or unusual about yourself.
I can be quite the adrenaline junky, so I love to do anything that sounds fun to me at the time like zip-lining, canyoning, and bungie-jumping. I also love being with family, so anytime I can visit my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, I do it.
Interview by Yiling Wong
For more on studying nutrition as an undergraduate, see the Nutritional Sciences Program’s Nutrition Minor overview.