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Tori Kaleycik '19

Tori Kaleycik '19

“I chose Marywood University because of its focus on faith, community service and academic excellence.”

When Tori Kaleycik '19 choose Marywood over numerous other colleges, the reasons were clear.

Tori majors in Nutrition and Dietetics, with a goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Becoming an RDN requires not only a bachelor's degree, but also 1200 hours of supervised practice through a certified internship, passing a national examination, and earning a Verification Statement through a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Marywood's Nutrition and Dietetics program assists students in fulfilling these requirements.

"Marywood has opened my mind to the flexibility of Dietetics. Through my Honors Thesis, I have realized how passionate I feel about connections between self-esteem, nutrition and faith," Tori said. "My greatest goal is to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who focuses on nutrition education and self-esteem for children and adolescents."

Beyond academics, Tori also actively participated in numerous service and volunteer opportunities Marywood provided. Twice Tori went with Marywood on "Alternative Break" service trips, where she helped prepare meals to help people in need. Tori is very involved on campus, taking on leadership roles in six campus organizations. She has spent time abroad, traveling to Spain for one spring break with plans to go to Costa Rica during her final semester at Marywood in the spring of 2019.

Tori is grateful for the opportunities she has been provided at Marywood, as they helped her grow and develop as a person. Tori states, "Out of all the lessons learned, the most impactful is this: lead with compassion. Instead of judging a person or situation with preconceived notions upon first interaction, choose to learn before making assumptions."

Tori's Marywood experience, like the experiences of many Marywood students past, present, and future, was made possible thanks to the generous support of Marywood donors. Tori received a Trustee's Scholarship. If not for this scholarship, Tori said she would have had to choose another school instead of her preferred choice - Marywood.

"I will give to Marywood when I am able because this university has given me more than I could ever repay," Tori said.

Tori is expected to graduate after the 2019 Spring semester. Upon graduation, Tori plans to apply for FoodCorps, a sector of AmeriCorps, and spend a year serving schools and communities. She aspires to travel with her work and experience diverse cultures around the world, but hopes to stay connected with Marywood by attending reunions and donating to Marywood when able.

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