Beth Baustian

Beth Baustian comes to Iowa State for her third bachelors degree

Focusing most of her time on her athletic career, while still completing two degrees in exercise science and global health studies, Beth graduated from the University of Iowa in spring 2016. By the fall of 2016, she was enrolled at Iowa State University in the dietetics program. She had finally found her dream career path.

“All I knew for sure was that I wanted to be a dietitian,” said Beth.

She was tentative about starting a third degree. After speaking with another student who was in her exact position and getting in contact with Kevin Schalinske, a food science and human nutrition professor, Beth started her adventure at ISU.

She began by taking one of Schalinske’s classes, Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism (FSHN 360).

“It was my first classroom exposure to nutrition at a deeper level and made me even more excited about my decision to go into the field of nutrition and dietetics,” said Beth.

Beth heard of a research opportunity and knew she needed to get involved. With no prior experience with research, she still decided to email Peter Clark, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition.

“What would I have to offer these professors? I didn’t know anything about research or what it was,” she said.

While Beth might have doubted herself, Clarke did not. By the spring of 2017, Beth was researching alongside Clarke leading to her opportunity in fall 2017 of a Rosenfeld internship.

“The professors here are so willing to let people get experience. Which is so nice,” said Beth. “I feel like they want to help you succeed. Everyone in the dietetics program is so supportive.”

The encouragement of the faculty in this program lead Beth to her opportunities so far, she said. However, she would have never had those experiences if she wouldn’t have made the decision to continue her education doing what she knew her dream job really was.

“If you really know you want to do something else, no matter how much time or money you have already spent, you definitely should go for what you want to do in the future,” said Beth. “Be real with yourself, and be smart about it, but bottom line, go for what you really want.”