Throughout the month of March, we will be highlighting alumni of our DPD program as part of National Nutrition Month®.
This week we feature alumna Sydney Boehnlein, who earned bother her B.S. in 2015 and M.S. in 2017 from the department.
Where are you currently working, and what are you doing in that position?
New York Yankees Minor League Dietitian and Nutrition Coordinator; Working with 300+ baseball players (ranging 16 - 30 in age) building good performance nutrition habits. Providing individual and group counseling and education sessions, menu and meal planning, pre/during/post training fueling.
Why did you choose Nutrition at the University of Minnesota?
I loved the nature of the program at the U of M. The staff, coursework, and experiences were very well rounded. Plus there was a lot of opportunity in the Twin Cities area for personal and professional growth.
What was your favorite class?
BS: Medical Nutrition Therapy
MS: Vitamin and Mineral Biochemistry
What is something you wish you had known during your time as a student?
I wish I had realized that the times of failure (at a task or assignment, having the wrong answer, not getting an opportunity) were ultimately more positive than negative. It brings about an opportunity for growth, perspective, and critical thinking to take place and you should welcome the challenge and use it to your advantage.
Favorite healthy snack?
Popcorn with nutritional yeast
Funniest question (that you are allowed to share) that you have heard since becoming a RDN?
"Does it still count as eating vegetables if I swallowed the edamame whole? I didn't want to chew them, they taste nasty."