Celia Andreo chose to major in food science with a concentration in nutrition because she has a passion for healthy living. She plans on having a career that allows her to interact with and help others. For these reasons, nutrition is a perfect fit. "Hunger is too prevalent in our community and all over the world. I hope to work with the low-resource community in combatting poverty and food insecurity. I would love to see a day when food pantries are no longer necessary," Celia said. Upon graduation, Celia hopes to complete a dietetic internship, work towards a master's degree, and earn her Registered Dietician license. A defining moment for Celia was when she decided to major in nutrition. "We had a guest speaker from Gatorade who worked as a sports nutritionist. After 45 minutes, I was so captivated by his lecture that I changed my major to nutrition within the next week," Celia said. She also has a word of advice for potential students. "The major asks a lot of you, but the more you give, the better off you'll be. Get involved and get to know your teachers," she said.
Malcolm Brooks, an MSU junior double-majoring in food science and economics, is from Pensacola, Florida. He became a CALS ambassador in Fall 2014. His favorite feature of the college is its diverse and passionate group of professors and administrators. His most memorable experience acting as a CALS ambassador was during his first freshman orientation. While he says it was intimidating at first, he embraced and really enjoyed the experience once he realized he could truly help incoming freshman. After graduation, he is contemplating graduate school, employment in the food science industry or entrepreneurial endeavors. Skills he's acquired as an ambassador include the ability to successfully network, employ analytical thinking to generate solutions and find motivation even under the pressure of deadlines. In his free time, he enjoys films, trivia, sweets, music and bicycling. His favorite aspect of MSU centers on the people. "The individuals I've had the fortune to encounter at MSU have poured knowledge into me, gifted me with their friendship and truly given me a place to call home," he says.
Hannibal Brooks, an MSU junior double-majoring in food science and economics, is from Pensacola, Florida. He became a CALS ambassador in Fall 2014. His favorite aspects of CALS include a friendly and helpful faculty, interesting academic opportunities and work experience, great peers and extracurricular involvement. He notes the level of support offered by staff as exceptional. "My most memorable moment was probably when I attended the first CALS orientation/preview day after enrolling. For the first time, I witnessed the diversity of subject areas in the college, met with professors who assuaged the worries of my parents, and felt like I was finally a college student for real," Brooks says. He chose the food science major because it seemed like a fun way to become knowledgeable about a resource relevant to everyone. Beyond graduation, Brooks is contemplating graduate school, research and development or entrepreneurial endeavors, appreciating that he still has time to make up his mind. Lessons he says he has garnered in his time as ambassador include learning the value of accuracy, patience and organization. In his free time, he enjoys fiction thrillers and staying current on topics influencing global economics, business and politics. He also enjoys films, trivia, learning about new cultures, experimenting in the kitchen and working with the Food Science Club. His favorite thing about MSU is the energy on campus.
Turner Sanderson chose nutrition because he wants a career in fitness, health, or sports. Turner had the opportunity to shadow a local dietitian. Since then, he has since pursued a nutrition degree. He hopes to become a registered dietitian. Turner also has a personal connection to the major. At an early age, he struggled with obesity and was able to learn the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. For Turner, his favorite part of the major is the focus on food. "The students are great. The teachers are kind and helpful. We learn all about nutrients and the whole thing revolves around food," he said. He looks forward to the dietetic internship upon graduation. One of his most defining moments at MSU was the opportunity to work with the Sports Dietitian on campus as a student worker.
Katherine Alesa Taylor is studying food science and nutrition at MSU. She is interning with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service's Office of Strategic Initiatives. She said she loves the networking opportunities that the internship provides. She also said her time at MSU has helped her acclimate quickly to her working environment. She said the internship in Washington, D.C., has helped broaden her horizons. "I chose this internship because it gave me an opportunity to travel and network outside of my comfort zone." She said she chose the major because it combined food and science, two passions for her. "I will be able to help people through doing what I love."
Calla Ziegler is an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Calla chose nutrition as a major because she has always been fascinated with food. She also sees how the field can have a large impact on how people live their lives. "By being a nutrition major, I hope to change the world by changing the way people view healthy foods. Healthy eating can prevent chronic disease and improve quality of life," she said. She plans to apply to dietetic internships and graduate school. "I'm excited about these next steps. They will bring me closer to my goal of becoming a registered dietitian." Her favorite part of the major is learning about nutrition and science. "It's rewarding to discover how science interacts with the composition of food." She recommends the program for prospective students interested in majoring in nutrition. "The staff and fellow students are incredible. It is a smaller major. You connect with professors and get to know them on a personal level. The interesting and challenging classes help prepare you for the dietetic internship process. I've also met many of my closest friends within my major and I know we will be friends for life," she said.