SarahWestbrookSarah Westbrook of Pinson, Ala. always wanted to help friends and family and even complete strangers.  Since 2007, she has volunteered for the Special Olympics in Birmingham and while in undergraduate school, she volunteered at the Food Bank of East Alabama in Opelika. She says the UAB Dietetic Internship is the perfect place for her to lend a hand.

“Dietetics allows me to help people with my knowledge in prevention of diseases with everyday lifestyle modifications,” said Westbrook. “I truly believe that with the right nutrition, a person can extend the length of their life significantly and also the quality of life.”

Westbrook earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Auburn University in 2011. She’s been a member of the American Dietetic Association since 2009. Westbrook will finish the 11 month UAB Dietetic Internship in June of 2012 and will complete her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition in May 2013.

“UAB’s Dietetic Internship is a wonderful program that allows you to gain supervised clinical experience as well as experience in every other field imaginable in nutrition,” said Westbrook.

She tells incoming students to remember every minute of being a student and learn all you can.

“There will be good times, and then there will nights when you watch the sun rise while studying, but you will look back and realize that these were the best times of your life,” said Westbrook. “All your hard work will pay off, I can promise you that.”

She is confident she will be better prepared after completing all her course work.  After she receives her master’s degree, she will begin working as a Registered Dietitian in a clinical setting.