Kaitlyn Heiden "Choosing to be a part of the School of Human Ecology is one of the best decisions I have made concerning my college career. Since I was a young girl, I have always wanted to help people, and by the time I was a freshman in high school I knew that pursuing a degree in Family and Child Studies would enable me to achieve that dream. As I began my freshman year of college, I discovered that my advisor and the professors of this school wanted to come along side me and help me achieve those dreams. By being an active member of the School of Human Ecology, I have been able to meet people from all walks of life, participate in hands on learning, conduct research related to my field, and give back to the community. Because of these dedicated professors, I am being trained and equipped to leave my collegiate days ready to help the world become a better place. I will forever be indebted to the School of Human Ecology for providing me with so many opportunities to grow into a well-rounded individual."
Merchandising and Consumer Studies
When I transferred to Louisiana Tech for my junior year of college I decided to change my major to Merchandising and Consumer Studies. It has been one of the best decisions I have made. I was really drawn to Merchandising and Consumer Studies initially because of the faculty. I transferred to Louisiana Tech from Mississippi College, a small Baptist university, where my teachers really cared about me and wanted me to succeed. I am so thankful to have found the same type of community here at Louisiana Tech in the Human Ecology department. I was also drawn to Merchandising and Consumer Studies because of the way the classes are designed. Many of my classes are very hands on and encourage lots of discussion, and I love it!
Nutrition and Dietetics
Hi everyone!! My name is Ashish Pokharel and I am a Nutrition and Dietetics major. I am originally from Nepal. I got interested in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics when I realized the importance of nutrition in overall wellness and development. I always wanted to help people to live a health life, and Nutrition and Dietetics provides me with the knowledge to do it. Eventuall, I want to work in Nepal and help eradicate malnutrition among children. As a student, I have loved the Nutrition and Dietetics faculty as they are always willing to help and advise you. Knowing about all the different fields dietitians can work in is really exciting. With the education I received here at Louisiana Tech, I am confident I will be able to contribute to the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Family and Consumer Science
One mission of The School of Human Ecology is to explore and enhance the lives of families and individuals, and I feel the education provided in our School of Human Ecology gives its students the knowledge to do just that. As a Family and Child Studies major with plans to go to graduate school in Education, I feel as though the vast array of information I have learned about development and communication will enhance my journey.
Not only will the information I have learned in Family and Child Studies benefit my future career – it has also taught me a great deal about families, why they are the way they are, and the dynamics of communication within them. Each of these things has been a priceless addition to my personal life as well. I have always been passionate about helping others, but my coursework and Practica experiences have shown me that I am particularly interested in helping others in areas such as bullying and suicide prevention, emotional support, and character and social skill building.
Prior to my coursework in Family and Child Studies, I had never considered being able to go into a school and not only teach but create programs which benefit the students emotionally, socially, and academically until the Winter Quarter of my Senior year when I took Human Ecology 357 with Dr. Yates. The class centered on a Community Outreach Project on bullying, and I discovered my true potential and proved to myself that it was not so far-fetched for me to accomplish these things after all.
Where I am today is due in no small part to the guiding wisdom of the Family and Child Studies faculty. As my advisor, Dr. Yates always knew how to calm me down when I began struggling (which seemed to be once a quarter at least). I knew after my first advising session with her that she was someone I would be thankful to have in my college life when she wrote out a “tentative” career path for my remaining time at Louisiana Tech. She didn’t know it then, but I work so much better when things are organized, and she helped me get on the organized track at an early stage, which set the tone and pace for all I have been able to accomplish in my studies. The entire faculty has been readily accessible when I have needed them and worked hard to ensure students understand the information being presented. What a wonderful, refreshing way to model the behavior we need to mirror in our own careers!
Nutrition and Dietetics
My name is Christen Donohoe, and I am a senior nutrition and dietetics major. I chose nutrition and dietetics because I hae always been interested in the health field. However, dietetitians have the ability to focus on preventing chronic diseases unlike doctors who patients see only after they have gotten sick. The program at Louisiana Tech has provided me with an excellent quality education. I am planning on going on to graduate school and eventually getting my PhD. I know the education I have received here has prepared me for the graduate degrees I will be pursuing. The faculty here has also provided me with opportunities to work with them on research and have always provided helpful advice for class and career questions.