Fabiana Caldera Boscan
Spring 2023 Real Triumphs Graduate
Degree: Master’s in Dietetics & Nutrition
Department: Dietetics and Nutrition
College: Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Fabiana Caldera Boscan dreams to help people of all ages live healthier lives.
Inspired by a registered dietitian who taught her healthy eating habits, Fabiana knew as a young teenager her educational goals were at odds with where she found herself in the world. At 16 years old, she left her native Venezuela to the U.S. in hopes of making her dream a reality. A year later, she was accepted into FIU’s dietetics and nutrition program. Although she faced many barriers – financial constraints, immigration hurdles and cultural differences—she remained steadfast in her studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning her B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition. But her desire to learn and achieve was not satisfied.
Obtaining a master’s degree seemed untenable. Facing family financial difficulties, Fabiana was met with the hard decision to either leave the U.S. or find ways to continue her education. But her mentors and professors at FIU were not about to let that happen. Her good grades and reputation helped her earn a graduate teaching position through the FIU Embrace program.
It’s through her work empowering people with learning and developmental disabilities that she made her ultimate goal a reality. Fabiana, now a registered dietitian with a graduate certificate in pediatric nutrition, will head to Dallas after graduation to work as a neonatal intensive care unit clinical dietitian and focus her efforts on helping the most vulnerable of newborns thrive.
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