Jocelyn Lubniewski (NUTR '11)
Why did you choose UNH?
UNH has a beautiful and tight-nit campus that made me feel at home the first time I visited. It is close to the seacoast, mountains and big cities such as Boston. The buildings and grounds are well taken care of and appealing. Most importantly they had an established nutrition program which I wanted to be my major.
Did you know that you wanted to major in your current major when you arrived on campus?
Yes, I knew I wanted to be a nutrition major. My teacher taught me more about the career opportunities in which my major will lead me.
What's been your favorite class thus far?
My favorite class at UNH must have been Nutritional Biochemistry with Dr. Gale Carey. We explored the body at a molecular level and really found out how the body responds to different nutritional statuses and situations. Although it was one of the more challenging classes of my years at UNH I probably took the most out of it.
Which UNH faculty member has had the greatest impact on you?
Dr. Gale Carey has been my adviser for my 5 years here and has no doubt left the greatest impact on me. I found myself looking forward to our semester visits after the first year. Knowing that she really cared about my interests and where I was headed. After I was involved in a serious car accident my junior year and had to leave for the last half of my fall semester, Dr. Carey called me each week to check on me. This made my return and extra year at UNH much easier. I also had a chance to work on a research project with her in which she took many hours out of her schedule to work and teach me. It was hard to say goodbye after I graduated, but my experience at UNH would have been very different without her in it.
What activities related to your major have occurred outside the classroom that has been most benefitical to you?
Outside of the classroom I have had a chance to work at the Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) working with the administrators, teachers, and children on the snack menus and with the Early Sprouts program. I was able to create and prepare snacks for the children twice a week. Additionally the Early Sprouts program allowed me to directly work with the children exploring fruits, vegetables and cooking with them. These experiences opened my eyes t o how to work with kids around food. Also how to implement nutritional activities into child care centers. Another beneficial activity would be the research I preformed with my adviser. I was able to report my findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference in the Spring 2011. This opportunity opened my eyes not only to all the talent UNH has, but how exciting preforming your own research can be and how much I grew as an independent thinker.
Describe something non-academic about which you are passionate.
Something non-academic in which I am passionate about is family. I have been fortunate with the family I have gained in the past 23 years of my life. I have a very supportive family at home in which all keep in touch daily. At UNH I made lastly friendships with teachers and students in my organizations and classes. These people made me feel at home at UNH and they are my family as well. I know that although college can be stressful and lonely at times its my family at home and away from home that made my experience that much more memorable.