Student Spotlight: Alex Bromley

Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey

Alex Bromley, a junior food science and human nutrition major, traveled this past summer to Viterbo, Italy, where she took professor Amy Blackstone’s Sociology of Food course. She engaged in a cross-cultural comparison of social, political, economic and environmental dimensions of food, focusing on contemporary issues, practices and debates in Italy and the United States.

“Food has always been a central part of my life, and growing up I had always loved science in school. I love the creative aspect that food and science allow me to utilize and apply to the real world, and I can’t wait to see what I do with it. My experience in Italy was definitely an unforgettable one. I had the privilege of traveling all over the beautiful country, from Florence to Rome to the Amalfi Coast, with amazing new friends that I never would have met had I not taken this opportunity. Every picturesque landscape was incredibly breathtaking, and the food was some of the best I have ever tasted. I’m also on the UMaine swim and dive team, and when I have free time I enjoy photography, baking and exploring what Maine has to offer. I love how much of a community we are at UMaine, and all the hidden opportunities I have found so far. I wanted to be involved in extracurricular activities but was unaware of the extent of clubs, organizations and groups offered here. Last year, I had the privilege of being part of the Sophomore Eagles honor society, and loved every second of it. And I’m very thankful that my department offers several research opportunities for undergraduates. I’ve made some of the most incredible friends here, and the campus has so much character, beauty and school spirit. It has the perfect mixture of academics, athletics and adventure that I was looking for.”