April 30, 2021
Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of well-known spring 2021 graduates.
Dana Rasmussen was very focused on how the body works and how it can optimize its function after breaking the ACL in high school football. This was a major driver of the focus of her career.
New American University Fellow Dana Rasmussen graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Science in Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Edson College for Nursing and Health Innovation this May.
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Her decision to major in Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Arizona State University was due to many factors in her life that sparked a general interest in life sciences during her time at Sandra Day O’Connor High School.
She joined the sports medicine program with her mentor Jennifer Guerrette and is now a certified personal trainer for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She had other great mentors and support at SDOHS, notably from Scott Lannen (chemistry and advisor to the Chief Science Officer Program), Ronda Cunningham (English teacher and role model), Michel Candela (who teaches French and the world), Uriah Cross (history and ” the best storyteller of all time “) and assistant director Justin McLain for believing in her leadership.
Rasmussen said that The injury taught her that without our health (including mental, emotional, physical) we cannot lead full lives.
“Dana has been an outstanding student in health entrepreneurship and innovation since walking around campus and envisioning her academic year. She has been an avid student for the past two years, an entrepreneurship catalyst at the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, and leader of a student health innovation club. She has made a legacy for herself and has big shoes filled. I’m so excited to see where she goes from here, ”said Rick Hall, Edson College Clinical Professor of Nursing and Health Innovation and Senior Director of Health Innovation Programs.
Rasmussen, who hails from Peoria, Arizona, is graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Students on this program are ready to create and maintain cultures of innovation in healthcare. While at ASU, she received a New American University scholarship.
Read more about Rasmussen in these questions and answers below.
Question: What did you learn at ASU – in the classroom or otherwise – that surprised you or changed your perspective?
Reply: Look forward to milestones but find that you are living your life every day. This day is your life. This day is your life. Live this and that day the way you want to live your life.
Q: Why did you choose ASU?
A: The first thing that really drew me to ASU was affordability. I was a state student and was offered the New American Scholarship – it was stupid to me to miss the opportunity to attend such a forward-looking school for such a negligible price. It wasn’t until I started attending classes and getting involved in research and organizations that I realized I was one of the best schools in the country not only because of its affordability but also because of the “You want to do something? Do it and start now! ”
The professors and faculty treat the students like we are the geniuses who are going to change the world (I mean … they’re not wrong). Surrounded by an atmosphere of faith, accountability, and innovation has imbued the foundation of who I am with the building blocks of a successful and rewarding life.
Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson at ASU?
A: There are so many of my professors who taught me important lessons at ASU. I had Professor Kenneth Kunkle on West Campus for my COM 225 class (public speaking). He taught me the value of authentic communication and how to focus on growth, not perfection. He cares so much about his students’ success not only in college but in life too. I can truly say that this could have been the most impactful class for my personal development at ASU. I am so grateful that I had Professor Kunkle early on in my college experience.
It wouldn’t be fair for me to tell Dr. Not to mention Rick Hall, who technically wasn’t my professor but was a supportive and guiding mentor throughout my college experience. Dr. Hall embodies the ideals of ASU and the “Just Start” attitude that he seems to convey to every student he speaks with.
Q: What is the best advice you would give to those who are still in school?
A: You won’t find out your life until 21, so stop expecting it yourself. If you are anything like me you may want to chronicle the course of your life so that you can guarantee that your life will make a difference in the world.
My best advice to you is to relax the reins, explore the things that pique your interest, and let yourself be carried away with that exploration. Realize that there are things that you think you’ve figured out, but in a year they’ll be 180 degrees different. And also realize that there are things that you think you figured out that will be the same a year later.
Take action. Take big action when it makes sense and take small action when you feel you can. Is there a hobby that you wanted to do but don’t have yet? Start doing it; Don’t wait to finish all of your coursework for the week. Trust me when I say there is always something else to do in school, so stop putting off the things you enjoy. Find a way to embed them in your life.
Q: What was your favorite place on campus, be it studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?
A: My favorite place to study on campus is the new Hayden Library. In the cooler months, I like the tables outside with a view of the lawn.
Q: If someone gave you $ 40 million to solve a problem on our planet, what would you do?
A: If I had to completely solve that one $ 40 million problem, the only problem that could solve it would be my infatuation with sports cars. In my career, the problems I want to address take up a pocket of millions.
In order to really solve the main problems of our world, we need an interdisciplinary network. Forty million is a good start and I would take any step, small or large, to tackle the quality and efficiency of the food system. The food system is incredibly complex and affects the health of our bodies, the planet and the economy.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I will continue my education at ASU with a Master of Science in Human Systems Engineering to tackle these large, complex and interdisciplinary problems!