Name: Trista Manikowske
Program/Degree Seeking: MS Exercise Science and Nutrition
Hometown: Brookings, South Dakota
What is NDSU’s biggest strength?
NDSU offers lots of activities and opportunities to be involved outside my immediate program. There is always something fun to do here.
What is your favorite part about NDSU?
I have met lots of great new friends and when I am here I feel like I am part of one big family.
Why did you choose NDSU?
I attended NDSU as an undergraduate and had a wonderful experience. I developed excellent relationships with my advisor and professors and NDSU well prepared me for my career when graduating with my B.S. in 2005. When I began working in the field, I was one of few professionals who had the proper education, experience, and certification needed. Due to my excellent experiences when I decided to attend graduate school, NDSU was my first choice.
How has NDSU helped prepare you for your future?
As even a first year master’s student I have had fantastic opportunities to work directly and closely with my professors on several research projects. I have been able to be actively involved in conferences, poster presentations, grant writing and article publications. I feel when I graduate I will be very competitive in the job market with the tools and experience NDSU has provided for me.
Why is NDSU a good fit for you as a graduate student?
I like the size of the classes and programs offered. I am able to have lots of opportunities to participate in research and publications that I might not be able to do in at a larger university. My professors care very much about my success and work with me to ensure that I succeed.