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Nancy PonteNancy Ponte

Nutrition Major, Adult Student

In 1975, Nancy Ponte earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and dreamed of working in the nutrition field. But she never got the chance. Instead, she married, worked in retail customer service and raised a family. There was a lot of satisfaction in that -- but with her daughter grown, it was time for a change. At the age of 55 she enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program at LIU Post. That was four years ago. "It wasn't easy at first," she admits, "but after a semester or two, I got the hang of it."

In 2012, the Bayville, N.Y. resident graduated summa cum laude and was accepted into the university's highly competitive Dietetics Internship program.