Sharing nutrition tips with classmates is only the beginning for Eunice Suberu. She hopes to nourish the world.
College students are not known for a healthy diet, but at least at Case Western Reserve there’s the Student Dietetic Association. The young nutrition enthusiasts stage cooking demonstrations, on campus and online, that advise adding vegetables to the ramen or eating a healthier pizza by making it yourself.
As president of the group, Eunice Suberu gets to act out her love for both science and nutrition. It’s the appetizer to what she hopes will be an impactful career as a doctor focused on global healthcare.
“I’ve always been interested in science,” said Suberu, a fourth-year nutrition major from Bennington, Vermont. “I’m very content with my decision to come to Case. I really like connecting with students and with the professors like you can do here. It’s been really helpful shaping my career goals.”
She received a Junior-Senior Scholarship that will help her complete a challenging integrated graduate program. Suberu is working simultaneously toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. Afterwards, she plans to go on to medical school.
Though she still holds two part-time jobs, the scholarship allows her to spend more time focused on her studies. “It’s definitely been helpful to not feel the pressure to have to work every week,” she said.
Suberu, who came to the U.S. from Nigeria with her parents when she was seven, said she has wanted to be a physician since childhood. She grew up fascinated with cell biology and later anatomy. Case helped her to lock her vision on the science of nutrition. She intends to become a pediatric emergency medicine physician.
“Nutrition is a huge aspect of global health,” she said, noting that child mortality rates in many parts of the world are directly related to nutrition.
She’s already had a chance to begin to make a difference. As an intern for the Little Drops Orphanage Fund, a nonprofit started by co-workers at Microsoft, she created nutrition guides for children in orphanages in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda.
Energetic and inquisitive, she’s also pursuing minors in chemistry, psychology and dance. She’s learning sign language and speaks Yoruba, one of the official languages of Nigeria.
“I do have a desire to experience other cultures,” she said.
She’ll do so with a Case degree—and a desire to see children everywhere eating better.
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