I am a first year graduate student in the nutritional science and dietetics program at the University of Alabama. I completed my BS in biology at the university in 2010 and have decided to further my education to become a registered dietician with a master's and doctorate in the field of nutritional science. After completing my bachelor's degree, my initial intention was to attend medical school. However, throughout the application process for med schools, I grew dissatisfied with the medical field's current emphasis on disease treatment of the individual. As health care costs increase throughout the country, it will be pivotal to focus on disease prevention to minimize these costs in the future. This realization prompted my long term goal to become dietician and research scientist. Ultimately, I wish to uncover how nutrients are metabolized within the body, and how they function in disease prevention.