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I didn’t realize how much I’ve grown during my time at Ryerson until I started reflecting on my high school self. I began university uncertain of my abilities, skills, and capacity, and four years later, I’m graduating from the nutrition and food program as someone who feels confident, empowered, and capable.
But, let’s start from the beginning:
In high school, I found the quote “kid, you’ll move mountains!” by Dr. Seuss, and realized that I wanted to move mountains in a way that would make the world a better place. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to do this by becoming a dietitian. I believed this choice would combine my desire to help others with my interests in food and the human body. For this reason, I chose the nutrition and food program at Ryerson University.
Upon beginning university, I quickly realized that Ryerson and its nutrition and food program provides students with many opportunities for personal and professional development, and I made the decision to embrace as many of these opportunities as possible. As such, I jumped at the chance to become the President of the Nutrition Course Union in my third year, where we held multiple events aimed at enriching the lives of nutrition students. For example, we held a “Dietitian’s Day” event, where nutrition students had the opportunity to network with dietitians and learn about the different career pathways within dietetics. We also held an “industry night” event, where students had the opportunity to learn about non-dietetic careers available to nutrition graduates, and to network with industry professionals.
I also took advantage of the opportunity offered by Ryerson’s Faculty of Community Services to travel to India and find sustainable solutions for problems experienced by rural villages. In India, I interacted with local families, collaborated with professors, doctors, and students at Amrita University, connected what I learned in the classroom to real life, and ate delicious food. Finally, after realizing that I was passionate about social justice and food security, I decided to register in the food security certificate offered by the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. I felt that this certificate would provide me with the knowledge and skills required to start a career in social justice.
I’m not completely certain where life will lead me after graduation. However, because of the knowledge and skills I gained in my classes and extracurricular activities, and because of the very supportive professors and staff that I’ve interacted with, I feel well prepared to embrace the uncertainty and enjoy the ride!
As my University journey ends yours might just be beginning! As such, I will leave you with another Dr. Seuss quote I find fitting: “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”