Jesus De La CruzMajor: Human Nutrition/Dietetic Science/Food Science Mentor: Dr. Efren Delgado, Assistant ProfessorFamily and Consumer Science at New Mexico State University
My ultimate career goal is to work in a community practice as a Registered Dietitian specializing in Diabetes Education. I intend to achieve my goal by completing a Bachelor of Science Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences. Following this, I intend to apply for the NMSU combined Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship. After successfully completing this program, I will test to become a Registered Dietitian. Finally, I will complete the hours and requirements needed to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and practice in a setting that allows me to help and work with my community.
There were several factors that influenced my decision to pursue the dietetics profession. One of the biggest factors was learning how nutrition can have such a great impact in controlling and preventing some of the most prevalent diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. Diabetes Mellitus has become an epidemic in the Hispanic and Latino community; I have experienced this first hand, with several of my uncles, mother, and grandfather suffering from this chronic disease. Poor glycemic control and diabetes management can cause devastating complications. My goal is to use my education to become a registered dietitian certified in diabetes education. I want to work with the Hispanic population living in the border, where there is a high prevalence of diabetes. I want to educate them and give them the tools necessary to control their diabetes and have a higher quality of life.
My grandfather was recently hospitalized due complications caused by uncontrolled diabetes. Due to my family’s high history of diabetes and unhealthy lifestyle, my mother was also diagnosed with diabetes. I know personally what family members feel when one of their loved ones is diagnosed with diabetes. I have been able to work with my family to control their diabetes. Luckily, we have been successful so far; I would like to help my family and community control this devastating disease by becoming a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.
I believe that I have several strengths that have helped me to get to this point in my career goals. They include having accountability; I accept responsibility for all of my actions, whether or not they have good or bad outcomes. I am also bilingual, speaking both, English and Spanish, are great advantages especially living in a border city with Mexico. I also have team management skills and self-initiative; I consider myself and always try to be a leader and not a follower. I like to speak out my ideas and work on a plan to implement them. Furthermore, I possess integrity; in both, my professional and personal life, I hold my moral principles and know the value of honesty in everything I do. I also really enjoy public speaking; giving presentations and educating others is something I have learned to love.
One of my greatest weaknesses is that I lack patience for unmotivated individuals. I have to admit that at times I may get frustrated when an individual is not willing to work, and expects teammates to pick up their slack. However, this is something I am working on; building patience and trying to come up with different ways to help motivate individuals who may seem unmotivated at times.
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Standardizing the Spray drying Method of the Glandless Cottonseed Meal
It is believed that, in order to sufficiently supply the world’s rapidly increasing food demand, more plant proteins should be used in human diets. Glandless cottonseed meal should be viewed as one of the leading crop production. . The glandless cottonseed meal is a byproduct of the cottonseed oil extraction process, has up to 55% of protein content and has a potential of benefiting the food industry.