- Berkeley US-CA
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I taught math and English skills to a class of up to six students. I have taught from as young as Kindergardeners to Sophomores in high school. I taught subjects from basic math up to Algebra II. Many of these students, I developed a personal relationship with and the most rewarding aspect of this job were the bonds fostered through teaching. My ability to be a mentor to my students gave me a sense of purpose. Knowing they could depend on me when they needed to discuss their feelings compelled them to work hard during the time I met with them. It made me realize my passion for helping people regardless of the state they are in.
Life is too short to hate your job. I believe your job should be something that you would do even if you are not paid to do it. I struggled for a long time in trying to figure out what my "perfect" job would be. Truthfully, it is because I did not want to devote forty hours a week doing something that I would have to drag myself out of bed to do. Creating and promoting quality, nutritious foods in our communities is not a job. It is a purpose, a meaning to wake up everyday. For that reason, everything I do is done with an unwithering passionate determination. I want to change the world, especially for people who do not have the voice or representation necessary to change their status quo. Growing up as a part of one of these many low-income communities taught me just how disadvantaged people can be; it made me resourceful, hard working, and eternally grateful for the opportunities I have been given. In whatever way I eventually impact the world, I want to set an example by aligning myself behind my values and reflecting fairness and honesty in everything I do. I wish my life to be my own personal anecdote that wholesome work will never be a trifling, meaningless act in the world without creating a ripple.
Lower Division Requirements:
Humanities and Social Science (20 units)
Biological and Natural Resource Science (13 units)
NST 10 Intro to Human Nutrition
Bio 1A 1AL General Biology
MCB 32 and MCB 32L Human Physiology Lecture and Lab
Physical Sciences and Math (21 units)
Chem 1A 1AL General Chemistry
Chem 3A 3AL 3B 3BL Organic Chemistry
Math 16A or 1A Calculus
Stats 2 Intro to Statistics (Stats 20 or 21 are also accepted)
Upper Division Requirements (43 units):
MCB 102 Principles of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
NST 103 Nutrient Function & Metabolism
NST 192 Junior Seminar in Dietetics
NST 104 Human Food Practices
NST 194 Senior Seminar in Dietetics (taking currently)
NST 108A Intro & App of Food Science (taking currently)
PH 162A Public Health Microbiology*
NST 108B App of Food Science Lab (taking currently)
UGBA 102A Intro to Financial Accounting*
NST 135 Food Systems Org & Management
NST 160 Human Nutrition
NST 161A Medical Nutrition Therapy
NST 161B Applications in Medical Nutrition Therapy (ED 190 no longer required)
NST 166 Nutrition in the Community
To obtain a challenging internship position to gain experience working with a diverse population of patients
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As a young child, I was conditioned to be health conscious. Every morning started with relentless bickering that always ended with a fistful of tears in a stubborn defeat against the domineering hand of my father, forcing me to drink the disgusting green puree that resulted from a multitude of vegetables and all the who-knows-whats he hand picked the night before.
At the time and with that naïve head of mine, I did not know what significance that lethal cup of goodness would have on my life. But to this day, I go back to that memory of my father telling me that there is not a single thing more important than what you choose to put into your body. This is the philosophy that regardless of the rapidly changing times will always remain.
Growing up, I was always an active child. As I got older, I was filled with the desire to achieve a higher level of performance. I began by reading articles and forums on the Internet. Much to my surprise, some information seemed to contradict itself and many other sources seemed unreliable, not supported by any scientific reasoning. This increased my curiosity to distinguish facts from the propaganda and/or marketing techniques companies use to gain revenue.
It is my firm belief that nothing is more important than your health and the physical state your body is in. Therefore, naturally, when I entered college and started thinking about what to major in, there was nothing more compelling than working toward an undergraduate degree in nutritional science. I wanted to go straight to the source and know what the experts had to say. This would empower me with independence from questionable sources for information pertaining to my well-being and the well-being of others. With this, I will never have to compromise my health and can share my knowledge universally.
My short-term goal is to gain valuable insight and essential experience from a Dietetic Internship. My hopes are to implement the most currently released information in order to consistently provide the best-quality, patient-centered care during my term. It falls directly in line with my ideals of commitment to learning and improving oneself. As an aspiring professional faithful to these principles, I feel it is my social responsibility to be confident that I am using evidence-based studies to support all my recommendations. I hope to gain experience in these areas in a professional hospital setting. My vision is simple: to make the world a better place through nutrition. I feel an internship and obtaining my dietetic license will give me the power I need to be an instigator of change to make a difference.
My long-term goal is to direct my focus to the political realm and increase the quality of food in America. I want a career that will help a large number of people, emphasize prevention, and continually challenge and motivate me. When I first became exposed to the impact of the Farm Bill in my Community Nutrition class, I gave a presentation to my classmates urging them to write to our Congresswoman Barbara Lee to advocate for increased accessibility of healthier foods to our nation. The student teacher saw my interest in the bill and recommended I join California Food and Water Watch. I attended seminars, held my own food justice seminar, and wrote letters to different representatives regarding increased accessibility of wholesome, organic foods. This was reinforced by my experience of studying abroad in Italy and discovering their slow-food-movement food culture.
My ultimate goal is to better myself through the cultivation of experience and extend what I learn into society and positively affect the world. But I know that motivation is not enough. I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to acquire the necessary tools to propel my dream forward.