Meet Our Students
2010 School of Human Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Student of Excellence in Human Nutrition
Post-graduation plans: Medical School at University of Louisville
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky (Ballard High School)
Why did you choose UK? My entire family went to UK, so I was raised as a wildcat fan. I did not even question where I would go to college and knew that UK would be the school for me.
When did you start the HUNU major? I started out my freshman year with a HUNU major.
Why did you choose HUNU? I chose nutrition because I felt it would provide a solid scientific background that would prepare me for medical school while also teaching nutrition principles, which I have always been interested in. I wanted a major that was different from the typical path many pre-med students take, and nutrition was highly recommended from previous UK students I knew.
How do you think a HUNU degree will help you in your professional endeavors? With HUNU, I took many science classes, a necessity when pursuing a career in the medical field. I feel that my nutrition knowledge will also give me a head start in medical school, because it is not something many medical students will be well versed in when entering. Knowing the nutrition needs of patients will also aid in planning and personalizing their treatments.
What advice do you have for students new to the HUNU major? If you are thinking about pursuing a professional career, HUNU is an excellent way to go. It sets you apart from the rest of the crowd while providing the prerequisite knowledge you need to do well. Don't hesitate to turn to your professors and advisor for help in planning your future. They are a great help!