"However, I believe that while the academic part is crucial, connecting with people, companies, and working to improve the overall experience of our master to get the absolute best is a crucial thing. That is why I applied to be part of the ISA Umami Association.
I am really excited to be the new chairwomen of ISA Umami."
My name is Carolina Toussaint, and I am the chairwoman of the International Student Association Umami for the academic year 2021-2022. I´ve lived in Mexico City my whole life, and I moved to Venlo about two months ago to begin my master. I have enjoyed living here a lot, since it is a really international community that allows not only professional but also personal growth through amazing experiences.
Before starting the Health Food Innovation Management master’s program, I studied my bachelor´s in Nutrition and Food Science at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and, I can say with absolute confidence, that my career is my passion. I began college studying Food Engineering and as I got further in each topic, I realized that in addition to having a great interest in food development, I still wanted to understand and learn the health and nutrition component. Therefore, I looked for a major that integrated food and nutrition science and changed my career.
Throughout my career, I was able to discover different areas of nutrition and because of this, I realized that my goal is to work in the food industry. I am a faithful believer that food is a central act of human life that not only involves biological terms, but also psycho-emotional and socio-cultural terms. For this reason, the products provided by the food industry are a basic and even central part of today's diet.
Studying the Master of Health Food Innovation Management at Maastricht University means an opportunity for me to strengthen my proficiency of nutrition while providing all the knowledge needed for creating commercially viable foods, from the creation and marketing to the distribution and administration.
However, I believe that while the academic part is crucial, connecting with people, companies, and working to improve the overall experience of our master to get the absolute best is a crucial thing. That is why I applied to be part of the ISA Umami Association.
I am really excited to be the new chairwomen of ISA Umami. My role as chairwoman it to provide an overview and plan all the meetings that we make as a board. I also have the responsibility of assisting my fellow board members wherever necessary. I will always represent our association together with the board during the introduction days, open days, and other social or business events that are related to promoting our master’s program or our association.
I am really looking forward to working together with my fellow board members to make it an unforgettable year for all the ISA Umami members. I am sure that we, as the ISA Umami board, will learn a lot this year, but mostly have a lot of fun! Feel free to approach me or contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or if you just want to have a nice conversation!
See you around!