Impact Stories: Kiley Albrecht

Dear Friedman Community,

As a student in the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition program, I am grateful for this opportunity to share my story and express my thanks for your generosity.   I would not be here if it weren’t for your support.

As an undergradK.Albrecht1 at the University of California San Diego, I tried courses in just about every department the university offered however, upon reflection, my favorite course by far was Introduction to Nutrition.  As  I continued to ponder, I realized the health section was always my favorite part of the newspaper and I was particularly fascinated by the effects of nutrition on health.  On my path to self-discovery, I knew I was on to something.

There was no nutrition department at UCSD, so I began to take basic science courses, which further confirmed my interest in the sciences.  I researched and visited nutrition graduate programs and of course, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts, with its interdisciplinary program and impressive faculty, came in at the top of my list.  After I completed my undergraduate degree, I continued to take science courses through the UCSD university extension and local community college to build up the science background I would need for admission to the Friedman School.  Working part time along the way, it took a few years, but I finally made it and was thrilled when I found out the dream I had about attending the Friedman School would become reality and through the generous support of donors I was able to accept

As a new graduate student, the first thing I noticed was the unmatched support, understanding, and hospitality of the faculty and staff.  I was given the invaluable opportunity to work as Dr. Diane McKay’s teaching assistant in Fundamentals of Nutrition Science.  As an aspiring professor, I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable and encouraging mentor.  And I continue to learn and grow from the unique expertise of each new faculty member I meet. It has only been a couple of months, but through the various seminars, journal club meetings, and classroom discussions, I have already been given an enlightening glimpse into the professional world of nutrition. All the while, the Friedman School hasn’t forgotten the importance of social events that serve to bring our community closer together and thereby enhance our cooperative learning experience.  I greatly look forward to soon being able to help conduct hands-on laboratory research and continuing to learn from the wealth of resources available to me.  
Once again, I would like to sincerely thank all of the Friedman School donors for making educational opportunities possible for so many people who will undoubtedly improve the world in big ways.

Sincerely,

Kiley Albrecht
MS candidate, Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
Tufts University
Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy