Emily Rogers possesses a willingness to help others, and that is exactly what she does.
Emily specializes in nutrition support, so she spends a lot of her time overseeing and adjusting tube feedings and IV nutrition for patients that are in need of different types of nourishment. When she has the opportunity, she also presents at nutrition seminars to community groups.
“I enjoy being a part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. I very much enjoy increasing my understanding of physiology and pathophysiology, and way nutrition can impact our health. I also like interacting with the kitchen staff and taking part in some food service and production activities.”
Emily says that organization, good communication skills, and the ability to study independently and apply that knowledge to individual cases, has given her success in the workplace.
She also credits some of that success to the experiences she gained at U of I through the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department (FSHN) and the College of ACES.
“U of I set an excellent academic foundation for me! I went into my post-BS internship (which is required to become a registered dietitian) far ahead knowledge-wise of most of my fellow interns. There were definitely tough semesters, but learning to take challenges head on is a skill that I utilize regularly. The diversity that I was able to experience around campus was also beneficial. I’ve worked in different parts of the country, and encounter a variety of people daily.”
Emily loved the set-up as an ACES student. She says she felt comfortable being in a small program, in one of the smaller colleges of the university.
“I always felt like I had a place where I was known,” She says. “Never felt lost or forgotten. At the same time, I had access to the benefits of a large and diverse campus.”
Emily says the college experience at U of I is unlike any other college or university.
“I think U of I provides a very well-rounded, complete college experience to its students because it has so much to offer. You have a real campus experience where you can live, learn, work and play all in the same place. Friends of mine at other colleges and universities often missed at least one of those opportunities.”