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Heba Mountaser

Heba Mountaser wearing a Nutrition and Dietetics sweatshirt
Human Nutrition and Foods
Class of 2020
Morgantown, West Virginia

What is your favorite quote?

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -- Benjamin Franklin

What book would you recommend and why?

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. The author of the book, Malcolm Gladwell, explains the thin slicing and how our mind makes quick, instant decisions based on few details or previous experience. It is very interesting because we all make - at some point - snap judgments based on what others think, and what we feel without giving further thoughts.

What do you love most about your major?

The power of food and how it can nourish our body and mind. And, I am so excited that I will be part of the community that will positively impact the lives of others, educate them and help them make healthy food choices.

What is a cause you're passionate about?

My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six, and his condition impacted my life forever. I decided to change my area of interest from gastroenterology to diabetes. In my situation, my husband is a physician and he noticed the symptoms; however, other families may not have caught them that early. That is why I decided to dedicate my life to raising awareness for diabetes. I also want to use my knowledge, experience and degree to help people lead healthier lives.

What has been your greatest challenge? How did you overcome it?

Trying to find a balance between my degree and my family. It seemed hard at first and I tried quitting many times. But, with my husband's support, my kids' love and strength of will, I will be able to graduate next year.

How do you positively impact the world around you?

By being kind, respecting others and getting involved in the community. Make your life worth living and make sure you leave a significant mark behind you that positively benefits the world.

What are your career goals?

My goal is to be a diabetes educator and help better the lives of others. Also, I want to help raise awareness for diabetes and help improve people's health status.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Choose a major that you are passionate about, get involved in the community, study very well, stay focused and plan for your future career. Remember: If I did it with three kids, then you can do it.