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STUDENT LIFE: Food for Thought

Whitney Boyd

Let’s face it, when it comes to dinning out, many of us are typically only concerned about taste, or perhaps finding a good deal.

But what if you had a medical condition that impacted your dietary options?

The research of Whitney Boyd—a senior BSN student from Flossmoor, IL—analyzes this scenario. Specifically, she looks at the relationship between food availability in restaurants and the ADA dietary guidelines in predominately African American and Latino neighborhoods with low food access.  

Whitney recently took time out of her hectic schedule to talk about inspirations, her time at Iowa, and where her career path might lead.

If you had to choose one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
Energetic

Why did you select the University of Iowa to pursue your degree?
The University of Iowa was one of the last schools that I visited; however, I fell in love with the campus and Iowa City almost immediately. The city is so friendly and welcoming, and has such a great atmosphere. The fact that UI’s College of Nursing is one of the best in the country was an added bonus.

How would you describe your educational experience at UI?
I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I have learned so many things and have had many opportunities and experiences that I simply would not have had at any other institution.

Are there any specific areas of nursing (clinical or research) that have already piqued your interest?
I’d have to say cardiology and public health research.

Any plans to attend graduate school?
I’m thinking I might want to be a little closer to home (possibly attending the University of Illinois at Chicago), but I do plan to pursue my DNP as well as a master’s in public health.

Who or what inspires you?
My mother. She is also a nurse and is very active in community engagement and public health. She has always been an inspiration for me.

Describe what you would consider to be your most memorable day at the UI.
It was my first football game. I had never really been to a game before, not even in high school, and the energy of the crowd and the city was just amazing.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Read

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I see myself finishing my graduate degree. Earning a graduate degree has always been a dream of mine so hopefully five years from now I will be close to finishing it.

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Posted On: 
Sep 10th, 2013