Third year Health Science student Raquel Andrews has always been interested in nutrition — even when she was a little girl.

“Growing up, my mum always told us about the benefits of healthy food and how it can improve quality of life.”

That’s why Raquel aims to get a Masters in Dietetics and help change young people’s perceptions about healthy food.

“I would love to work with schools with young kids. I’d like to change the nutrition programs in primary and high schools so kids know how important healthy food is.”

Raquel enjoyed the practical learning in her Launceston-based course, and her favourite unit was Community, Public Health and Nutrition.

“This unit focused on learning about the barriers some communities face. It really gave us a better perspective on the constraints on some families,” she said.

“I also did a project plan on community gardens and how they could be successfully implemented in schools.”

Raquel has no doubt she’s studied the right degree.

“After studying the nutrition units, I just knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. That’s where my passion lies.”