Q: What program are you in at the USC Leonard Davis School?
Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity, Class of 2022.
Q: What inspired you to pick this program?
I was interested in the connection between health, culture and nutrition. I wanted to be able to help others through food, while preserving and protecting their culture. With this program, I am able to take the Registered Dietitian exam and begin my journey of helping others through nutrition.
Q: What do you plan on doing with your degree once you graduate, and what are your career goals?
I plan to pass the Registered Dietitian exam and begin a private practice in my small town of Big Bear Lake, California. Until then, I will be working as the Per Diem Registered Dietitian at the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District in Big Bear Lake, California.
Q: What is the most rewarding or interesting part about studying gerontology and nutrition at USC?
The diversity in the background of professors. Having educators from different aspects of health and nutrition allowed for different perspectives and approaches to health topics. Creating a welcoming environment for students to develop their own topics of importance and to apply them to their future dietetic practices.
Q: What are some other projects or activities that you’ve been involved in?
I am volunteering to assist with data for the research study, Using Telemedicine to Optimize the Delivery of Care in Liver Transplant Candidates with NASH and Obesity, at Keck Medicine of USC with Joy Liu, MS, RD.
Q: What is one of your favorite courses you’ve taken at the School?
Advanced Therapeutic Nutrition.
Q: What would you want other young people to know about gerontology and working with older adults?
Gerontology is a unique and important subject. It is important to have the knowledge of knowing what happens emotionally and physically to people as individuals get older. This valuable information can be used towards immediate care and/or preventative care for all.