Graduate Student Spotlights

Marissa de Crom

Public Health

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I have been intrigued by field of public health since, as an undergraduate student, I took an International Health course and visited a WHO office where West African immigrant mothers were taught how to breast feed. I have long been interested in nutrition, and found myself doing a lot of reading on nutrition and the food system. My interest continued to grow, and so I decided to look for a program to incorporate both fields. I chose the Public Health Nutrition program because it offers exactly what I was looking for in terms of education and opportunities in the fields. I was able to combine my interests in public health and nutrition, and the MPH/RD program is well organized. I want to eventually educate populations with chronic and infectious diseases such as AIDS on the importance of good nutrition in managing their condition.
My inspiration is:
my Opa (Dutch for grandpa). He told me coming to NYU would be the right thing to do - he's always right!
I would like to be remembered for:
being a great friend, mom, and public health nutritionist!
Something I collect:
foreign currency (and fun stories to go with it)
Why I went to Graduate School:
to study the fields I am most passionate about
My best job ever:
Microinjecting DNA into mouse embryos in a type 1 diabetes research lab at the University of Calgary
A hobby I have is:
oil painting
The professor who influenced me the most:
My Literature prof, Dr. Nerricio at SDSU
My favorite place to study is:
at home with my pug, Muggs, curled up next to me.
My best commuity service experience:
With Flying Samaritans, volunteering at a free medical clinic in Mexico
My secret passion is:
Chinese cinematography
If I could take a year off I would:
live in Japan (I would love to learn Japanese)

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Calgary, Canada and San Diego, CA
What are your plans after you graduate?
I plan to educate those living with chronic and infectious diseases such as AIDS on the importance of nutrition in managing their conditions. I would live to start a non-profit organization to motivate community members to teach one another about healthy
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Mortar Board National Honors Society, Lifetime member Golden Key National Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Dean's Honors List, Palomar College
Community Service and Other Activities:
Current: Metropolitan Hospital Center - Nutrition and Food Services Intern CHEFs For Schools - CookShop Volunteer Past Activities: The Sharp Foundation for individuals with AIDS in Calgary - Fund Development Committee  Mama's Kitchen for individuals in San Diego living with AIDS - meal delivery, special events Flying Samaritans in San Diego - free medical clinic in El Florido, Mexico - clinic volunteer Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society at San Diego State University (SDSU) served as president and Volunteer Task Force Chair, organized community service events for fellow students Community Advocacy Program at SDSU, liaison between students and community French tutor at Hoover High School in San Diego, CA Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA - student intern and ER volunteer