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As a food and nutrition major, vice president of the Nutrition and Wellness Association, and a student leader at Campus Kitchens, Sarah Massey, ’17, has a passion for the food industry.
Sarah has several options she is considering after she graduates from Meredith. She plans to go to graduate school, complete a year of service with the Food Corps, or jump into a career in the food system industry. No matter what she decides, she feels that Meredith has qualified her for what’s to come. “I feel prepared and confident to pursue many opportunities,” said Sarah.
During her time at Meredith, Sarah completed undergraduate research, which was a pilot study on a compost shed at the Three Sisters Garden, an organic garden on Meredith’s campus. She presented her research on Celebrating Student Achievement Day.
Other achievements include being a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, which is the Food and Nutrition Honor Society, and interning with Freshpoint, a large wholesale produce company.
Most students who major in food and nutrition pursue careers as a dietician, but Sarah brings a different interest and passion to the program. She desires to travel the path of the food system and agricultural side of nutrition. “I was the oddball and was interested in agriculture and sustainability,” said Sarah.
Because of her interest in the food system and agricultural side of nutrition, her professors encouraged her to attend conferences and find internships that were unique to her interests. In the beginning of her college career she wasn’t sure if she would be able to pursue her passions and compared herself to the other students in the program, knowing her passions were different. Over time, she learned to move past the doubt and gained the confidence to follow her own path.
“My professors saw the spark in me to be something different than a clinical dietician. They invested in me and sent opportunities my way, like internships and speakers,” said Sarah.
With her time at Meredith coming to a close, Sarah can move forward with more confidence, knowledge, and strength that Meredith has instilled in her over the years.
By Molly Horton, ’17
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