Visiting students from American University of Beirut

Six students from American University of Beirut are visiting students in Sage’s Dietetic Internship program through January 2020. Pictured, left to right, are Sarah Hanbali, Lara Haidous, Feryal Al Taher, Dana Andari, Talar Bedikian and Nour Hammad.

Dana Andari is a visiting student in Sage’s Dietetic Internship program. She is one of the first students to benefit from a new partnership between Sage and American University of Beirut.

International students who wish to apply and sit for the Registered Dietitian exam must complete a portion of their practicum hours in the United States. Now, AUB Nutrition and Dietetics students like Andari can come to Sage to meet that requirement.

While at Sage, Andari had the opportunity to learn from Registered Dietitians in the classroom and in clinical settings. She was especially inspired by her rotation with a nutrition assistance program for low-income women and children at a local human services agency. “This program has impacted many people’s lives and has provided opportunities, counseling and education,” she said. “This is a program that I would like to start in Lebanon even if it is on a small scale since it could affect many people’s lives for the better.” She was also impressed with the intersection of nutrition and technology that was part of her food service rotation and said she would like to see more cafeterias in Lebanon make nutrition information for menu items accessible via phone apps.

Andari is one of six AUB Nutrition students who are visiting Sage through January 2020. The Nutrition science department expects to welcome six additional AUB students in spring 2020, and eight in the fall.

“The kindness and helpfulness of every person we encountered was a highlight,” said Andari. “Activities throughout the semester at Sage exposed us to new things and new people. All of this helped us feel more at home, made our stay here more enjoyable and our transition very smooth.”