Ashley Roberson

Ashley Roberson

In her role as a dietitian for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Hot Springs County, Ark., Ashley Roberson, B.S. ’04, often meets one-on-one with her patients: pregnant and postpartum women and their children. Because she received that kind of individualized attention while at Henderson, she knows how helpful it can be. “The [dietetics] instructors were great, always available and would meet with you one-on-one if needed,” she recalled about her time at Henderson, where she said she received the knowledge base and confidence needed to succeed in a competitive field. “I loved the smaller classes, which provided a comfortable learning environment.”

Ashley, whose mother and brother are also Reddies, didn’t start out as a dietetics major at Henderson but soon became interested in the subject after taking a nutrition class. “I loved it and decided to pursue my career as a dietitian,” she said.

In addition to supportive professors, Ashley said she also benefited from a variety of hands-on activities that were part of the Henderson dietetics curriculum, including lab experiences and a practicum in food management in a local hospital. She was a member of the Student Dietetic Association, with which she performed nutrition-related community service activities. Outside of the classroom, Ashley lived off-campus and was involved in sorority life and a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.

After graduating, her transition to a graduate internship at Louisiana Tech University was fast-paced but smooth. “I had no problem transitioning because of the foundation I was given at HSU,” she said. She went on to earn a master’s degree in nutrition at the same institution and then moved into her current position as a WIC dietitian.

Ashley’s advice for students in the dietetics program is based on her own success: do volunteer work or find a job related to the field while you are in school. She says that the extra experience will help give them a hands-on confidence boost needed for their internship and future career.

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Ali Brown is biology major and dance minor from Atlanta, Texas who plans to attend medical school after finishing her bachelor’s of science degree at Henderson. To some, this might seem odd, but she explains, “I love science and dancing allows me to study the movement of the body and also be artistic which to me, is something that everyone should venture out and experience.”
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