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This semester is off to a great start already! Among classes, studying, volunteering, jobs and day-to-day life, it is a busy time. One thing I am excited about is attending the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). This year FNCE will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 26-29th. This will be my second year attending and I look forward to all of the sessions, as well as the opportunities to network and meet other students. Given my role as Chair of the Student Advisory Committee for the Academy, I attend with little cost to me. Fellow students often ask how I obtained this position and I am excited to tell them that this opportunity presented itself because of my student membership with the Academy! As student liaison, I realize the importance of informing students about the many benefits with Academy membership. A list of those benefits includes:

  • Involvement in your school through the Student Liaison program
  • Application for scholarships
  • Access to the EatRight Careers job postings board
  • Subscription to Food & Nutrition Magazine
  • Access to Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (option to also download App)
  • Membership to your state affiliate
  • Access to Student Scoop, an exclusive newsletter for student’s to stay informed of relevant information
  • Opportunities to serve on Academy boards and gain leadership experience through networking

So, while you’re hitting the books hard and volunteering within your community, do not forget to take advantage of all that the Academy offers you. Look around on the website, contact local leaders for the Academy or practice groups you are interested in, and find ways to get involved. Many opportunities exist for involvement, leadership, and education, all of which can help you gain real world experience and volunteer or job opportunities. Remember, these can be added to an internship application or resume. Have a great semester!

Hilary Downey

University of Central Arkansas

Arkansas AND Student Liaison

Posted by Alicia Landry at 11:19 AM