Deciding to pursue my PhD in Nutrition at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was the best decision I made. The University of Hawaiʻi has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in nutrition, specialize my skills and find a balance between working hard at my endeavors while maintaining space for my personal life. Upon entering the program professors and fellow PhD students made me feel welcome and wanted. In my first year working on a PhD in Nutrition I have already begun research on my dissertation, audited classes as needed to help refresh and strengthen my nutrition knowledge, and begun work as a Teaching Assistant.
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has not only helped me deepen my knowledge in the Nutrition field, but also foster a healthy learning environment. Working on a PhD can at times be stressful and over whelming. Living on an island that has year round perfect weather and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities creates a work environment that allows me to balance studying while still enjoying my life. Having opportunities to step away from my studies, relax, and enjoy myself has helped with staying fresh mentally and enjoying the PhD program.
– Michelle Rathke, MS