Meet an Alum

Leah Tully

Why did you choose UNH? UNH was the first school I visited and, for me, no other school could really compare. UNH felt like home to me from day one. The students and alumni have so much school spirit and are really proud to be a part of the UNH community. When I went on a tour, my guide told my mom and I all about the awesome resources available to students. I was pumped about the athletic facilities and my mom was excited about the opportunities in undergraduate research. It was a no brainer.

Did you know that you wanted to major in your current major when you arrived on campus? I arrived at UNH thinking that I wanted to study Nutrition and Dietetics in hopes of someday becoming a registered dietician. I have always had a passion for creative writing and I realized pretty quickly that between labs and a science-heavy curriculum, there wasn’t much room for creativity. 

And so, I switched to Nutrition and Wellness, which allowed me to not only minor in writing, but also to expand my interest in Women’s Studies and take that on as a minor as well.

What's been your favorite class thus far? Can I only choose one? I have taken so many interesting classes here at UNH. If I absolutely have to pick favorites, I would say that it’s a two-way tie between Fashion This, a women’s studies elective taught by Tamsin Whitehead about sustainability in the fashion industry, and Community Nutrition with Dr. Joanne Burke. Both classes challenged me for the better. I also really enjoyed Creative Non-Fiction with Andrew Merton!

Which UNH faculty member has had the greatest impact on you? I was really lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jesse Morrell during my sophomore year of school. She has helped shape my education in more ways than I will ever be able to thank her for. She helped me get involved with undergraduate research and taught me valuable skills in data analysis and research methods. She’s an awesome role model and brings a positive energy to the UNH campus both in and outside of the classroom.

What activities related to your major have occurred outside the classroom that has been most beneficial to you? Separate from my education, I have volunteered at the Cornucopia Food Pantry, and interned at Rasamaya Movement Center and Blood, Sweat and Cheers Daily Active Newsletter. In addition, I have conducted, presented and published an undergraduate research project on multivitamin use in college students, become a member of UNH’s chapter of the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, and met a lot of great people along the way.

Describe something non-academic about which you are passionate. I am extremely passionate about helping diverse and underserved populations gain access to healthy, affordable food. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to study in a field that allows me to potentially turn that passion into a career.