Esther Nguyen

Food Systems, Nutrition and Health
Forks, WA

Why did you choose UW?

Growing up, I had multiple family members attend UW, and even though I applied to other universities, I somehow knew my heart was at UW. Seeing my family members come here and learn, study and research what they love, sparked something in me and gave me the drive to come here and do the same thing.

What influenced your decision to major in Food Systems?

I have always been really passionate about nutrition and health, and food systems is a major that brings everything together. I am really interested in food systems, nutrition, and health, specifically in developing countries and want to focus my future work in the global health area. When I was in my NUTR 420 class about global nutrition, I found myself smiling, and knew this was something I felt genuinely passionate about.

What are your future goals?

I want to start my own non-profit focused on mental health and nutritional education, travel to do mission work and get an MPH.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I have traveled to more countries than states and this summer of 2019, I will be living in India for eight weeks working with women and children in medical clinics, nutrition, and entrepreneurship.

What specifically will you be doing in India?

Since my freshman year, I’ve been highly involved with an organization called The INN Seattle through which I was connected to an 8-week volunteer program to serve somewhere in the world. I will work with a nonprofit called Rescue Pink which focuses on helping women and girls in India through education, awareness, nutrition support and rescue. Some ways the program provides assistance is by offering programs involving nutrition and providing nutritious meals, building relationships, teaching the importance of education, entrepreneurship, and medical clinics.

Read Esther's full profile from the Nutritional Sciences Program.