CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University first-year graduate student Jessie Beck of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is spending her fall semester fulfilling a graduate dietetic internship, partly with the Sikeston Public Schools.
As a dietetics student, Beck is currently working to fulfill the management portion of her internship and learn the skills it takes to manage a foodservice operation. The internship is designed to prepare her to become competent to practice in administrative, clinical and community dietetics.
“I rotate between schools and leave with a deeper understanding of food service every day,” Beck said.
She says she wants to gain a better understanding of how a registered dietitian can serve children in the school system. Beck says children who are provided good nutrition achieve higher grades, so she wants to provide them with the rights tools to succeed.
“I also complete projects with various goals,” Beck said. “Right now I’m working on three; one to promote knowledge of whole-grains among students, one to promote a new food item making a debut and another to study the food waste related to the Healthy Kids Act in the elementary schools.”
Beck said she has enjoyed getting to know the Sikeston kitchen employees, and that they are all wonderful people who truly care about their job and the children they feed.
She says after wrestling with a few other majors, dietetics seemed to be most natural fit for her because she has always been interested in health trends. After Beck graduates, she says she plans to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian and the LSAT for law school admission. She hopes to enter the law field in food policy.
As an undergraduate student, Beck majored in dietetics and was heavily involved in the Student Dietetic Association (SDA) and served as the vice president then president in consecutive years. Additionally, she worked as the foods lab assistant for two years. Although Beck gets pulled away from Cape Girardeau more now, she said she tries to stay involved with SDA.
Dr. Anne Marietta, associate professor of human environmental studies, said, “Jessie enjoys volunteering in various community agencies and actually accumulated 7377 volunteer hours during her college years.”