My intense interest in chemistry during high school led me to explore majors involving the subject. After researching the field of food science, I chose it as the direction for my future career path. With a specific interest in the area of new product development, I understood the benefits of an educational background in packaging science. Therefore, I focused my college search on schools with both food and packaging science departments. Clemson University offered strong programs in both fields, making it an excellent choice for my educational goals.
A valuable aspect of my Clemson education is the hands-on-experience achieved through the Creative Inquiry program. While working as a team with professors and students, I learned the proper steps for scientific research. Through Creative Inquiry, I have developed an understanding of the experimental design process, laboratory techniques, and data analysis. The close interaction with professors is a characteristic of the program that particularly enhances my Clemson experience, by promoting involvement within the food science department
During the 2009 Maymester, I enhanced my collegiate career with a wonderful study abroad experience in Cortona, Italy. While completing a course entitled Viticulture and Enology of the Mediterranean Region, I was immersed in the Italian lifestyle. Not only did I develop knowledge in the areas of viticulture and enology, I also gained the valuable cultural experience of living in a small Tuscan town. The lectures, labs, and field trips to local vineyards provided material on grape cultivation, wine production, and sensory evaluation. I enjoyed touring the various winery facilities, as well as examining the contrast between traditional and modern production methods
After leaving Clemson, my educational background will prepare me to become a professional in the food industry. An ideal career path would be in the area of product development, where I could incorporate my knowledge of food composition and packaging materials. As I look to the future, my personal interest of convenient, healthy food products coincides with growing trends in the food industry and today's society.