I visited UNC-Chapel Hill for the first time in 2007 for the Gillings School of Global Public Health
open house after I returned from teaching English in Japan. My journey took me to work in global health in Washington, D.C. and then the culinary field after graduating with a culinary arts degree in New York City. I moved to Chapel Hill to be a food producer while preparing to apply to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Later, I accepted a position at a global health project at UNC-Chapel Hill. Through this work and my volunteer work, I met with various faculty, staff, and community members. They asked me good questions and helped shape my graduate school decisions. Meeting with them and working in global health at UNC-Chapel Hill confirmed that Carolina is the best place for me to pursue my MPH. I thrive in the collegial and collaborative environment. I will continue to engage in conversations with my classmates and my professors – to contribute what I know and to acquire new knowledge and perspectives. I will gain a world class education because the Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health by U.S. News & World Report and the nutrition department is the best in the United States. I plan to focus on community nutrition research activities and food/nutrition policy. After receiving my Master of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, I look forward to serving local and global communities in program leadership to improve food systems and impact nutrition outcomes.