Where are you from?
What is your major?
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism and Spanish with a minor in Chemistry
Why did you choose to study this subject?
As an athlete, I’ve always been interested in food and proper fueling for my body, so majoring in nutrition seemed ideal for personal knowledge and future application as a physician. My Spanish major was a welcomed break from science and a door to traveling, studying and working abroad.
What is your favorite class/faculty member, and why?
My favorite faculty member is Dr. Stephanie Harris. I had her as a professor in Human Nutrition I and loved her enthusiasm and expertise. I was inspired by her endless knowledge and experience in the nutrition field in addition to her success as an athlete and a mother.
Why did you choose CWRU?
I chose CWRU for the opportunities in research, the many nearby hospitals at which to shadow and volunteer, and the division III athletics.
What do you like best about CWRU?
I love the spring flowers! On a serious note, though, the atmosphere at CWRU is one that students can and do participate in a wide variety of activities, classes, and clubs. As a result, conversations are extremely educated and diverse and peoples’ varied interests constantly surprise me!
What do you like best about living in Cleveland?
I enjoy the accessibility of the Metro Parks. They’re perfect for running and hiking when I need an escape into nature.
What research projects, study abroad, internship or other unique experiences and opportunities have you had as a result of being a CWRU student?
My junior year I studied abroad for a semester in Santiago, Chile. This incredible experience improved my Spanish, allowed me to explore Latin America, and taught me how to adapt to a new culture. I have also participated in nutrition research during my time at CWRU, publishing a literature review on nutrition for active women, creating personalized meal plans for varsity athletes, and completing my senior capstone at the Cleveland Clinic.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I ran varsity cross country and track all four years at CWRU. In my spare time outside of athletics, I was a part of Slow Food club and volunteered at local hospitals.
What are some of your interest and hobbies?
I love being outside – so running, hiking, camping, and rock climbing are all hobbies of mine. I’m also very passionate about food and enjoy cooking, baking, and trying new dishes.
What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?
I’m proud of my ability to adapt to life in Chile and apply lessons I learned abroad to my life back in the United States.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I plan on practicing pediatric medicine, teaching children about nutrition and exercise in order to prevent obesity and related lifestyle diseases.