Civic-Minded Professional: Hailey Boudreau
Civic-minded professional Hailey Boudreau graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in dietetics in May 2013. After finishing her accredited internship also through ISU in October 2014, she became a registered dietitian in November 2014. She has been a Hy-Vee dietitian since January 2015. She is also a dietitian for Camp Hertko Hollow, diabetes camp for kids and teens, the social chair for the American Diabetes Association Young Professional group of Central Iowa, helps with marketing for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also volunteers her time to bake once a week with a young woman with an intellectual disorder.
Hailey told us the story of how her college experience shaped her as a civic-minded professional:
“My first year at Iowa State I was a transfer student. We were required to take an intro class with all the other transfer food and nutrition majors. During this class we had the opportunity to propose a project for the use of funds from ISU dining. Our group came up with a food pantry for students from student. We called it The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers). I was co-president of this project and organization for a year and a half. We had to find a space for our project, collect food, become a student organization, find volunteers, hold office hours, etc.
This job took more determination than anything I’ve ever had to do. It has definitely paid off because the pantry still runs today. I was contacted by many media sources and asked to give interviews and presentations which required strong communication skills. My biggest struggle was delegation in this project. As the leader, I often tried to do a lot of the work myself because it seemed easier. In the end it was not easier and my grades suffered but today I am much better at delegating. Before this experience I was never much for volunteering. Now, I can’t imagine my life without it. I’m passionate about the things I volunteer for and they bring so much happiness into my life.”