A Healthy Balance: Cassandra Stockwell '18
Posted by Michael Smith on September 27, 2016 11:39 AM
Cassandra Stockwell, a junior from San Diego, California, traces her passions—food and field hockey—all the way back to her childhood.
“Around eight years ago, I developed intolerance to gluten and dairy,” she explained. Learning about her condition and how to take charge of it was the beginning of a quest to understand how food affects the body. This journey eventually lead her to the nutrition and dietetics major and to Marywood’s honors program.
But Cassie is more than an honors student. She’s an athlete, playing forward and midfield on Marywood’s field hockey team.
“We all come together as a team. We’re like a big family,” she said, noting that her teammates have taught her communication skills with their diverse interests and personalities. Skills critical, she added, in the nutrition field. “Nutrition professionals work with doctors, nurses, speech pathologists, psychiatrists, therapists. You have to work as a team.”
Excelling both in and out of the classroom hasn’t been easy. “A lot of people told me, going into my program, that I wouldn’t be able to do my sport and do everything I’m doing,” Cassie recalled, laughing. “I basically just was like, ‘watch me.’”
Even as she has excelled and proven the naysayers wrong, Cassie acknowledged, “There are sacrifices.” She described her daily planner, a detailed, color-coded guidebook to where she’s investing her time at any given hour of any given day. “If I lose that, I lose my life; I lose my mind.”
Packing her schedule even tighter is her Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics coordinated program. Two days a week, it provides her an opportunity to get hands-on experience doing a nutritionist’s work, both in the kitchen and in the community. “It’s fun to be in the community and actually putting what I’ve learned to work for me,” she concluded. “It’s worth it.”