Haley Neal ‘19

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UNH nutrition major Haley Neal '19

Haley Neal ’19 has fit a lot of learning into the three years she’s been at UNH – so much so, that the nutrition major will be graduating a year early. Did we mention that she is also completing minors in hospitality and homeland security and recently returned from a January term trip to Cuba?

COLSA: Looking back on your time at UNH so far, what are you most proud of and why?

Haley Neal: Over the past three years, I am most proud of the initiative I have taken in learning. I have been able to grasp so much information and learn an extensive amount from my professors, peers, and the community around me. I am graduating early with my major and two minors which required me being determined and hardworking. I am grateful for the time I spent at UNH, even though it will be fewer than the traditional four years, but I am proud of myself for all I have accomplished in that time.

COLSA: Why did you choose your major?

Neal: I was a multi-sport athlete growing up and always had a special interest in how nutrition plays a role in the body's performance. I also grew up with a few food allergies which forced me to read food labels constantly. I became intrigued by how our food systems here in America operate and just how the systems affect the health of Americans. As I came to college, I knew I wanted to be involved in nutrition and health, which made picking my major a breeze.

COLSA: Any advice for students interested in your major?

Neal: Absolutely do it! I have learned so much valuable information in the past three years. The nutrition, supplement, fitness, health, etc. industry have an abundance of misleading information that gets plastered across social media, magazines, and more. Your health and the health of those around you is so important and knowing the correct information is the best way to combat unhealthy fads and ideas and help others.

COLSA: What are you planning to do after graduation?

Neal: I plan to attend graduate school to become a clinical nurse leader (CNL). I want to work in pediatrics with special attention to the role nutrition plays in the health, prevention, and/or management of disease and illness in children.

COLSA: How is UNH preparing you to achieve your goals?

Neal: UNH is providing me an in-depth education on the entire life cycle regarding nutrition and the prevention/management of disease. I have gained an extensive background regarding the effects nutrition has on athletic performance, the individual, the health of the community and world, etc.

COLSA: What do you love most about UNH?

Neal: The campus community is my favorite part about UNH. The campus is big and there is a large number of people here, yet somehow you see someone you know everywhere you go. Almost every professor I have had has been personable and really took the time to know their students.

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