Graduate Student Spotlights

Rachel Harvest

Nutrition and Dietetics

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I chose Clinical Nutrition for my Masters because I find food and the physiological, social, and psychologically benefits from healthy eating fascinating. I would like to educate people about the benefits healthful, conscientious eating will have on their lives, their longevity, and the prevention of chronic illnesses as they have become rampant in today's world. I have particular interest in starting at the source. A mother's nutritional choices during pregnancy and the choices she makes in the child's early months of life can provide a vibrant, healthy future and make future generation have a better start. I'm also a complete foodie. I love cooking, tasting, and every other part of dining. I suppose this degree will make my "expertise" legitimate!
My inspiration is:
my mother
If I could change the world, I would:
slow everyone down long enough to appreciate simple things
Something I collect:
Why I went to Graduate School:
I finished my 1st career as a ballet dancer and promised myself I would never have a job I wasn't absolutely passionate about--food it is
The best gift I've ever received:
my talents
My biggest challenge is:
keeping grounded
The professor who influenced me the most:
Rebecca Sparks
How I take my coffee:
like a New Yorker (half and half, 1 sugar)
The most adventurous thing I've ever done is:
my whole life's been quite an adventure
My secret passion is:
What I do to de-stress:
yoga, or sometimes just screaming into a pillow

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Allentown, PA
What are your plans after you graduate?
open a private practice, write a cookbook, plan catering menus, have babies
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship Patricia Corbett Scholarship for Talent, Werner Talent Scholarship, Cincinnatus Scholarship (Undergrad, Cincinnati) Magna Cum Laude University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Community Service and Other Activities:
What is Ballet? Bringing the Arts to Schools-Washington, DC, All Angel's Church Soup Kitchen, Nutrition Volunteer/Follow-Hoboken University Medical Center, Nutrition Volunteer/Intern-God's Love We Deliver, Health and Nutrition Instructor/Badge Advisor- 4th grade Girl Scouts, Daulton High School, NYC, Washington Square CSA