This blog series is dedicated to SDT’s Outstanding Scholars. These women are nominated by their chapters for their dedication to school, as well as their contribution to the chapter.
Alpha Upsilon-Bradley University
Amy is passionate, caring, and dedicated to her education, sisters, SDT’s values. Amy has shown dedication to her academics since beginning college, earning a 4.0 GPA every semester. Amy is also a Teaching Assistant for a biology course, and is always willing to help sisters and other students with their homework. When she is not studying or volunteering, she asks sisters how they are doing and genuinely cares about their well-being. She is always one to offer assistance, whether it is for homework, studying, volunteering, or to help someone feel better.
Major: Dietetics with a minor in Spanish
What has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite class so far is a class I took last year called “Introduction to Food Principles.” In this class, I learned about the science behind food preparation, food selection and economics, and the chemical components comprising food. The best part about this class was how interactive it was. Every week, we would go into the foods lab for two hours and prepare different recipes. Typically, one lab group would make the recipe as it was written, without any alterations. The rest of the groups would either substitute one ingredient for another or use a different amount of the original ingredient. This allowed us to see how different types and proportions of ingredients work together to give the final product its properties. The heavy focus on food science is what really makes this class my favorite, as my interest in food science was what originally got me interested in dietetics.
What is/are your go-to study method/s?
My favorite study method is making flashcards. Dietetics is a major that is heavily science-based, which means that I have a lot of terms to remember. The same goes for my Spanish minor, as I am continuously learning new words to expand my vocabulary. Flashcards are a great way for me to study because they allow me to review the information as I am creating the cards. Then, after the cards are completed, I can review them as many times as it takes for me to fully understand the information.
What’s your favorite study break activity?
I love going to the gym and doing yoga in order to relieve my stress.
What is your must have study snack?
My sisters know that I don’t go anywhere without a container of trail mix.
How has SDT helped you achieve academic success?
SDT has helped me achieve academic success because it introduced me to an amazing group of driven women that are studying similar majors. Since I have sisters in the same classes as me, we are able to study together. This has improved my studying immensely because I now have people that I can talk to if I have questions. Before an exam, we like to get together and talk through every topic that will be on the test. We know that we are ready for our exam when we are able to fully explain each concept to one another.
What advice do you have for being a standout scholar?
Using your resources and not being afraid to ask questions are both big components of becoming a successful student. If you have questions, attend your professor’s office hours, go to exam review sessions or see if you can work with a peer tutor or teacher’s assistant. There are so many opportunities to receive help at every university and you should take advantage of them.