For Chelsea Jones, a graduating senior in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University, the stress of being an involved college student had its challenges. Growing up with generalized anxiety disorder meant that Jones needed a solid support network throughout her educational journey, and she found that in the CSU community.
An outstanding student, Jones holds a 3.97 GPA while majoring in nutrition and food science with a concentration in dietetics and nutrition management and being heavily involved with leadership and service activities.
Networking through food
Jones worked as the nutrition coordinator at the CSU Early Childhood Center and as a nutrition assistant at Medical Center of the Rockies throughout her time at CSU. She’s also dedicated lots of time to being involved in CSU’s Food and Nutrition Club for the past four years, and has served as the club’s president since January of 2019.
“This club has exposed me to new friends, new networking opportunities for jobs and new organizations where I can volunteer my time,” said Jones.
One of her favorite parts of the Food and Nutrition Club was coordinating and being involved in each semester’s cooking workshop. The workshop attracted students from all majors and interests through a mutual love of food and cooking. At the top of her list of favorite volunteer events was preparing pancakes and breakfast every fall in Lory State Park for runners of the Black Squirrel Half Marathon.
I have also had the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations more consistently, such as FoCo Cafe and the Larimer County Food Bank,” said Jones.
Both organizations work to help with food insecurity in the Northern Colorado area. However, her impact has reached as far abroad as Bali, Indonesia. There, Jones worked for three weeks in the summer of 2018 to teach a class of fourth grade children about various health and nutrition topics.
A supportive campus
With resources available such as the CSU Health Network on campus and events supporting students’ mental health during the most stressful times of the semester, CSU has made it clear that they are here for everyone struggling with the college workload and self-growth that comes throughout the journey.
“It can be hard to manage mental health and school work, but the community at CSU helped me to overcome this obstacle,” said Jones.
Faculty members also contributed to this atmosphere of care around campus. Many of Jones’ mentors took time to contribute to her success and well-being.
“Professors often noticed when I seemed off or had unexpectedly missed an assignment, expressing concern and offering potential solutions for times when I felt especially overworked or anxious,” explained Jones. She added that it was beneficial to receive recognition and feedback for challenging assignments and projects.
“The positive feedback from professors encouraged me, and I knew that my hard work did not go unnoticed,” said Jones.
Continuing her journey
Jones plans to start a dietetic internship program in August at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. After growing up in Fort Collins and spending the past four years on CSU’s beautiful campus, it’s a bittersweet departure.
“I am going to miss the view of Horsetooth and the foothills that you get on campus, especially studying on the top floor of the Morgan Library,” explained Jones. “The Oval was one of my favorite spots to lounge on a sunny day and read a few textbook chapters, and all of the flowers, especially those at the Annual Flower Trial Garden by the University Center for the Arts, always put a smile on my face.”