Impact Stories: Sara Murray

Dear Friedman School donors,

My name is Sara Murray and I am a first-year student in the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition program, SaraMurray1concentrating in food policy and economics. Before I found out about the Friedman School’s program, I never thought I would be able to combine my undergraduate degree in economics with my seemingly disparate interest in nutrition and health.

Prior to attending Tufts, I volunteered in the dietary department at California Pacific Medical Center, and learned about the important role that diet plays in the recovery process. After listening to patients commenting about their food, I saw great opportunity for increased collaboration between the nutrition and medical communities. My goal was to study how nutritious, plant-based diets could prevent and combat chronic diseases. I applied to several nutrition programs, but the Friedman School at Tufts University was my first choice – I knew that its multidisciplinary program was one of the most esteemed in the country. I was so happy to be accepted at Friedman, and incredibly honored to be awarded such a generous scholarship.

SaraMurray2This past semester has broadened my focus to include not only the clinical side of nutrition, but also the policy-making aspects. During the Friedman School’s weekly Wednesday seminars, I’ve been exposed to leaders in fields ranging from childhood obesity to food justice to international biotechnology; all of who have brought new perspectives to my education. My professors are all warm, humorous, and noticeably passionate about their areas of interest, and my classmates are some of the most genuine and dedicated people I have met.

I am so appreciative of the kind donors who have given me the opportunity to study in and be part of such a well-respected nutrition community. Your generosity is inspiring, and I know I will make a lifelong commitment to fight the chronic disease epidemics and to help people heal through their nutritional choices. Thank you so much!

Sara Murray
MS candidate, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, 2013
Tufts University
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy