Student Spotlight

Alicia Lee

Nutrition Major and DPD Student

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"This past summer, although I was not able to stay in Cleveland, I was recruited onto a team with a few of my friends to work as the nutritionist and help develop a new nonprofit organization called Metro Atlanta Food Initiative, where our mission is to serve low-income families in our local suburban Atlanta communities and relieve food insecurity issues caused by the recent outbreak of COVID-19. I currently work as the head of products on the team, making sure that our food packages are packed with healthy foods that would help these families fulfill their daily servings of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy products. On our first day of action, we raised about $6,000 to successfully package and deliver food packages to over 175 families, and now we are expanding our scope to serve at least 300 families for our upcoming second day of action! Additionally, as a nutrition major at CWRU, I’m so grateful for being given these opportunities to serve my community with the knowledge I gained throughout my undergraduate career pursuing a BS in Human Nutrition. I shared this important project with the department, and I was met with such genuine enthusiasm for the things I was able to accomplish back at home. Their continued eagerness to support my endeavors has helped me become more motivated and passionate to work towards my goal of becoming a dietitian by completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)."

Marie-Andree Belzile-Davidson

MS Student in Nutrition and DPD Student

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"I have always had a passion for food - it is my family’s way to show love, share our heritage, and create lasting memories. After earning my B.S. in Food Science and working in the food manufacturing industry for several years, I realized I wanted to do more to help others, through food. I chose to continue my education at Case Western not just because it was close to home, but because the department instantly made me feel like family. I’m now coming up on my last year in the M.S. in Nutrition program while also completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). I plan on becoming a registered dietitian and hope to work in a clinical setting and eventually move into functional nutrition. "

Rebecca Manning

MS Student in Nutrition and Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

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"Growing up, I saw an abundance of preventable disease states like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cirrhosis. As a first generation college student, I wanted to bring the knowledge and experience of higher education back to my communities. I understood at a very young age that the translation and communication of health information was vital to disease self-management and improving health outcomes as I witnessed many within my community struggle with understanding their complicated medication regimes and diagnoses. Well balanced nutrition is foundational to good health. Through the pursuit of my MS in Nutrition, I saw an opportunity to help educate those closest to me and shape a more widespread change in my future career efforts.

As a full-time essential staff member at Environmental Health & Safety and part-time student, I've had a unique Case experience. Many non-traditional students learn how to navigate the campus environment from both a staff and student perspective. I would recommend students who are interested in pursuing graduate school to research open positions at the university. It's a great opportunity to leverage university support!"

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Eunice Suberu

Nutrition BS/MS and Pre-Med Student

"I declared my major in the Nutrition Department after my first semester of college — with no prior nutrition classes, but the overwhelming encouragement from a few friends who were Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry majors. I enjoyed all of my nutrition classes, and when I found out about the BS/MS program, I was so excited and grateful for the opportunity to pursue further topics in nutrition. I especially enjoy the flexibility of the program, and my ability to take psychology and dance, in conjunction with my nutrition coursework. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year doing research abroad, and then matriculate into medical school to later become a pediatric emergency medicine physician. With my background in nutrition, I want to focus my career mainly in the global health sector, concentrating on topics in maternal and child nutrition."

Fabiana Irigoyen

Nutrition Major and DPD Student

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"The Department of Nutrition may seem small at first glance however it has every component that a student needs to have an incredible experience, from enjoyable cooking classes to food science and applied clinical nutrition.  Being a DPD student has given me meaningful insight of areas such as medical anthropology, communication strategies, and clinical nutrition. This path provides a holistic view that is useful for any nutrition major. After graduation, I have in mind to follow either the clinical nutrition path or the culinary path, I would like to open an international cuisine restaurant. I find my major so fascinating because I can apply what I am learning in class to my daily life food experiences."

Lacresha Johnson

Public Health Nutrition MS Student and Dietetic Intern

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"After 6 years of working, I made the decision to start my master's in nutrition with the intention of using my MS as a post-bac and apply for medical school. I always saw nutrition as the foundation for preventative medicine and felt if I was going to be a great primary care physician that I needed extensive nutrition knowledge. Halfway through the program, I realized I love nutrition and that I could be just as impactful being a registered dietitian as I could be being a doctor. Having class with Professor Tammy Randall & Dr. Sharon Groh-Wargo deepened my view of how impactful dietitians can be. My internship has been the highlight of my graduate studies, especially my WIC and community nutrition rotation, I look forward to beginning my career in public health nutrition."

Katie Nabors

MS in Nutrition and MFA in Contemporary Dance Student

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"I, like many, did not have a traditional journey to the MS Nutrition program. I am a dual graduate student in the MFA Contemporary Dance program at Case, and due to the overwhelming encouragement from my professors and the curiosity from within I realized that my love of Dance and my passion for Nutrition can in fact exist together as a career path for me.

I have learned that Nutrition is a preemptive, proactive mechanism to improve health, performance, and rehabilitation. Nutrition is therefore an extremely powerful tool for dancer wellness and career longevity. Through my classes in Nutrition as well as Dance I have come to realize that I can carve out and create my own integrated path as a dietetic professional for the dance community."