Anastasia Mills

Food ScienceAnastasia

Why did you choose your major?

I first heard about Food Science as a career through the youth organization 4-H.  I worked on 4-H Food Science projects for five years involving classes and experience in food preparation, nutrition, and preservation.  I chose to study Food Science because I've loved science since I was little, but in more recent years I really found my heart in chemistry.  I enjoy learning about what components make up foods and how these influence their properties.  Food Science is a wide field with so many options.

What are you hoping to do with it?

I plan to attend graduate school for a master’s degree to keep learning about food science.  After that I think I would like to work in research and development.  I want to create new products and solve problems that could lead to a better food supply for the world.

How do you stay involved with your department?

 I am the secretary for the Food Science Club and the Bumpers College Ambassador for Food Science.  Every year the Food Science Club makes apple butter in the pilot plant of the department.  It is such a fun day of laughing and making friends while getting hands-on experience.  We also have club socials where students are invited to have dinner and meet local business people.  The club has cookouts and potlucks, and in this department, all the food is great!

What is your favorite class and/or professor?

I really enjoyed my Food Analysis class taught by Dr. Ya-Jane Wang.  She is my honors mentor and has been instrumental in my success!  My Food Chemistry class was also really interesting!

How are you an engaged U of A student outside of the classroom?

On campus, I am involved in the Food Science club. I am also a member of Sigma Phi Lambda, a Christian sorority on campus, and the Fayette tones, a contemporary acappella group. I am also an Honors College Ambassador, and I am doing an honors project comparing jasmine rice varieties from different regions.

What is your favorite thing about Bumpers College?

  I love the way that Bumpers College is really watching out for their students and helping us succeed.  I know my professors, they know me, and I go to them for advice.  I really enjoy being a part of the close-knit Bumpers College!

Why did you want to be an ambassador?

I wanted to be an ambassador for food science and Bumpers College because I want to spread the word about the amazing opportunities and career paths available to our students.  I really enjoy meeting with potential students and representing the college.  Helping other students learn the things I didn’t know coming in has been rewarding.  I have had the chance to study abroad, participate in research, and be involved in club activities through the college.  These are all things I want to share with incoming students.  Serving as an ambassador is one way I can give back to the college that is doing so much for me.

What is your advice for an incoming freshman?

Get involved!  Make time for the things that matter most to you, and the programs within Bumpers College will help your future.  Also, study abroad!  I have studied abroad in Belgium and Austria through Bumpers College, and also France in summer 2018.  These are experiences I would not trade for the world!  I found a home quickly in the Food Science department and within the Bumpers College, and I know you will too!

 

About Anastasia

Hometown:
Benton, AR

Major/Concentration:
Food Science & Bachelor of Arts in Music

Department: 
Food Science

Class:
Senior

Email
akmills@uark.edu