Impact Story: Allison Knott

Dear Friedman School donors,

AKnott1My name is Allison Knott. I am a registered dietitian from Cleveland, Tennessee and currently a first-year Nutrition Communication student at the Friedman School.  As a first-year student I want to take the opportunity to thank all of the generous donors to the Friedman School.  I am so thankful for the financial support provided to me from the Friedman community donors.  Without the aid offered upon acceptance to the Friedman School, attending the program would have been much more difficult.

After attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I completed my dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  I soon began working as a clinical dietitian in northern Georgia, but the thought of attending the Friedman School was always on my mind.  Each day, through my interaction with patients, I was reminded that nutrition information is not reaching the general population.  I wanted to continue my work with people and pursue my passion for nutrition on the preventative level.  The Friedman School’s Nutrition Communication program fit these goals. 

When I received my acceptance letter, I remember how excited I was to become a part of the Friedman community. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to attend the Friedman School and one day become a leader within the nutrition field.   I am reminded daily that this community is filled with individuals who share the same aspirations and ideologies of the nutrition field that I do.  Each individual that I interact with helps me to grow and learn and also challenges me to be an advocate and champion within the nutrition field.
My short time here has allowed me the opportunity to write for the Friedman Sprout, our student nutrition newspaper, as well as work with nutrition professionals in the John Hancock Research Center.  Each day presents new challenges and is a reminder of why nutrition is not only my passion and chosen field of study, but also my lifestyle.  I could not ask for a better school to pursue my graduate degree and I look forward to my future at the Friedman School and the opportunities that await me.   Thank you for helping to make this possible.     


Allison Knott
MS candidate, Nutrition Communication, 2012
Tufts University
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy