Nutrition Junior Madison Powell
Throughout the month of March we will be highlighting current students from our DPD program.
This week we feature junior Madison Powell.
Why did you choose Nutrition at the University of Minnesota?
What are your career goals after graduation?
I am hoping to get into the integrated B.S./M.S. program this year. Hopefully this means after I complete my undergraduate studies I will be here another year to complete my master's degree, and then begin applying to dietetic internships. After passing the exam to become a licensed dietitian, my goal for my career is find a job where I feel I am really helping people.
Do you do any Nutrition-related work or volunteer activities outside the classroom?
For my student groups, I am a team leader for the Nutritious U Food Pantry as well as a member of SNAC. I have been with Nutritious U since its first pilot pantry my freshman year. For those who don't know, we are a group started by CFANS own Rebecca Leighton and we help alleviate food insecurity for students going to the U. We hold pantries the last week of each month, providing free food to any and all students. I have been volunteering with the pantry since the beginning, and it has been such a privilege to see it grow into something that is really helping alleviate the stress that students feel when they are food insecure. My absolute favorite part of the pantry is getting to meet new volunteers and people coming through the pantry. The appreciation people have for the pantry makes all the work very gratifying. Finally, in SNAC (Student Nutrition Advocacy Collaborative), I hold two peer nutrition consultations weekly, as well as cooking classes every other week. This student group has been so fun to be a part of and I really value the opportunity to practice nutrition counseling every week.
Favorite healthy snack?
Funniest question asked by people when they learn you’re a Nutrition major:
"Oh, is that a bachelor of art?" (Seriously??)
What piece of advice do you have for future Nutrition students?
Be excited! Nutrition is so fun to learn about, and the college Nutrition is housed in (CFANS) is so wonderful. We get the best of both worlds: a smaller, more personal college housed within a huge university! There are so many amazing opportunities to get involved with things and groups on campus. Make sure you pay attention to the emails sent to Nutrition students about different opportunities, it is how I found my amazing two groups and my lab job. I really appreciate CFANS and all the people in the FSCN department.