Nancy Ghanem is an outstanding spring 2022 graduate of the Colorado State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition with a master’s in food science and nutrition. Learn more below about what Ghanem has accomplished during her journey at CSU.
Where are you from and what brought you to CSU?
I am from Cairo, Egypt. I came to CSU to play for the varsity women’s tennis team and obtain my undergraduate degree in dietetics.
What obstacles have you overcome to get to graduation? How have you persevered through unforeseen circumstances?
There have been many obstacles to overcome to get to graduation, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the school’s transition to the online format. The relentless efforts of professors to create an accessible and effective virtual learning environment, in addition to focusing on the controllable, and reaching out for help when needed, allowed me to adjust and get through the tough times!
How have your academic experiences here and your professors, mentors, and advisers helped you overcome these obstacles and/or be successful in your major?
I have received tremendous support from my adviser, mentor, supervisors, and faculty throughout my time at FSHN. The academic, professional, and personal support helped me navigate challenging times and successfully complete my degree. I am forever grateful for my FSHN Ramily!
What activities have you been most involved in? For example, volunteering, service, internships, research, clubs, work experiences, etc.
I have been mostly involved in work and research. As part of my graduate experience, I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center, where I professionally and personally developed numerous lessons I will continue to apply moving forward. I enjoyed conducting research in Dr. Sarah Jonhson’s Functional Foods and Human Health Laboratory, where I obtained all my current research knowledge.
What are some accomplishments that you are most proud of during your time at CSU?
I am proud of earning my master’s degree in food science and nutrition from CSU and consider it just the start of my journey, not an end, as I am extending my time here and pursuing my Ph.D. in fall!