My name is Violeta Nieves and I am the first person from my family to go to college. My undergraduate studies were completed at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. At MSU, I interned with an outpatient-registered dietitian for 6 months as a volunteer. I was also a scholar in a research program supported by the NIH-NHLBI. In this role, I was project coordinator for a study assessing obesity risk, food access, dietary intake and nutrition-related knowledge in migrant and seasonal farm workers. Currently, I am pursuing my Master of Science in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In five years I see myself as a registered dietitian working in a community nutrition setting helping underprivileged populations. Outside of my short and long-term goals, I continue to embrace my passion, which is community volunteer work. I want to take leadership and mentoring roles in Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I will continue to pay it forward and be a role model to future students such as myself. Having the opportunity to attend college has made me work hard to pursue my dreams and fight obstacles that would prevent me from going to college. Due to these obstacles I relate to many other Latinos that strive to succeed. I want to advocate health and wellness to prevent nutrition-related diseases and ease the roadblocks that the Latino community encounters in health prevention. I feel very blessed to have the love and support from my family that has allowed me to pursue my goals and dreams.