"Laughter is brightest where food is best" -Irish Proverb. Food is an essential part of life, something we all can relate to. Understanding the fundamental building blocks of food and its role in fueling our incredible machines initially piqued my interest in nutrition and ultimately led me to a career in dietetics. Through the last decade, I learned that I have a strong ability to establish relationships and trust in others. Like many Americans I too struggled to make healthy food choices. From my experience counseling community memebers, I know I am not alone in this endeavor. Through practice, I gained control over my temptations, established a positive food relationship and am confident I can counsel those fighting similar food battles. Sharing this common struggle allows me to be authenic in relationg to others. I minored in Spanish to become a bilingual RD and make myself accessible to a broader range of my community. Throughout college, I worked and volunteered for various organizations including the American Heart Association. With the AGA, I performed healthy cooking demonstrations for an inner-city, youth, EMT training program. The trainees were engaging and enthusiastic. They taught me that despite our lack of outward similarities, we could connect with one another in new ways. Based on the level of interaction, I knew the participants would share what they learned with their friends and families, helping me reach more than the immediate participants. I began volunteering for WIC in 2012 to gain more experience in community nutrition and to immerse myself in the Spanish language. I earned a paid position where I provide bilingual nutrition consultations. In addition to teaching in a classroom, I participate in community health fairs sponsored by WIC. These events amplify the word of a healthier lifestyle by creating awareness outside of our normal participant pool. Working with a variety of backgrounds at community outreach events with the AGA, I was well-equipped to enter a world of public speaking with WIC. I joined the Diablo Valley sector of the CDA to connect with local RDs and learn about nutrition trends in our community. Through connections made in the CDA, I became a Mother/Baby Unit volunteer at Kaiser Permanente furthering my support with new moms. At Kaiser, I sought out exposure to clinical nutrition with the ICU RD, Brenda Fonacier. In this setting I learned about the nutrition care process with critically ill patients. Brenda has offered to be my clinical preceptor, believing in my potential as an RD. Today, I counsel WIC participants with deep resolve, because I have seen first-hand the complications that occur from preventable diversified my skill-set and makes me a well-rounded candidate for the WIC dietetic internship. I have learned the importance of self-discipline and study, but I understand I have much to learn through the dietetic internship. Being a successful intern will require balancing my internship hours and a part-time work schedule, solving complex medical nutrition therapy cases, and studying diligently to show my dedication towards attaining my RD. I became a Registered Dietetic Technician, to validate my knowledge in the field of nutrition and to demonstrate my preparedness for a dietetic internship. All of my involvements have introduced me to the harm poor nutrition can have on the body and the many ways RDs can support people who are in need. They have contributed to my goal of becoming a WIC RD and have furthered my desire of researching ways to raise multicultural, nutritional awareness to the underserved, low-income populations. I am applying for this internship because I strongly believe in WIC and what the program has to offer its participants. I am fulfilled when teaching the nutrition and breastfeeding classes and communicating on a broad scale to members of the community. I enjoy the preventative approach that community nutrition emphasizes and feel that while clinical nutrition has a critical role in healthcare, it remains individualized and focused on maintenance and healing. Educating the community on how to use nutrition now for a healthy future has proven to be very fulfilling. Healthy living is a crucial piece to wellbeing and a happy life, and to me, the most important thing I can share with others.