Planting a tree in Costa Rica

My name is Amanda Fogus. I'm originally from Brewerton, New York, a small town just north of Syracuse located beautifully on Oneida Lake. I am 18 years old and currently a freshman at Ithaca College. I'm in the Health Sciences and Human Performance school here at IC. Right now, I am majoring in Public and Community Health. I hope to pick up a minor in aging studies soon.

Next year, I am looking to switch my major to health sciences with a concentration in nutrition. This major seems better suited to help me reach my dream of working as a dietitian in either a nursing home or an assisted living community. I really enjoy working with the elderly population and I am passionate about living a healthy life and helping others do so.

In my spare time, one of my favorite pastimes is running. I've been running for 8 years. I also love to play piano, paint, and hang out with my friends. In my hometown, I am currently employed at Tops Markets. I have been there since June of 2010, and I pick up right where I left off on school breaks. It's at this job where I realized I have a strong passion for helping others. Some of my duties include: cashing and bagging groceries, stocking shelves, training new employees, and helping customers with any concern they may have by directing them to the proper person. Recently, I also started volunteering at Longview, the older adult community down the road from the college. I really enjoy helping out here, and I hope it gets me valuable experience working with this population.