by Cori Hilsgen
Chelsey Hinnenkamp is a 22-year-old senior student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, who is studying food science.
She is the daughter of Loren and Linda Hinnenkamp of St. Joseph and has one older brother, Adam.
Hinnenkamp is actively involved as a community advisor, housing and residential life office assistant, member of the Food Science College Bowl Team, president of the Food Science and Nutrition Club, and she volunteers at the University of Minnesota Pediatric specialty clinics.
Hinnenkamp plans to go on to medical school.
“Within the next few weeks, I should hopefully find out if I have been accepted to medical school,” Hinnenkamp said. “I hope to have a career in pediatrics. Otherwise, I plan on attending graduate school for food science.”
Hinnenkamp said she has been fortunate to have received various scholarships to assist with her education. She has worked hard to earn that assistance. Hinnenkamp has been on the dean’s list each semester of college. She is also a member of the National Residence Hall Honorarium and will graduate with distinction this spring.
Fun facts about Hinnenkamp:
Favorite subject: “I don’t think I have ever met a subject I did not like,” Hinnenkamp said. “I would say I am an avid learner. In college, my favorite subjects have been food chemistry and child psychology.”
Favorite leisure activity: During her free time, Hinnenkamp enjoys cooking, baking, reading, spending time with friends and running.
Favorite music: “When it comes to songs, I am really bad with knowing artists and songs,” Hinnenkamp said. “Currently, I have been listening to a lot of Mat Kearney because my cousin had introduced me to him earlier this year and I had the opportunity to listen to him live a couple of weeks ago.”
Favorite movie: Hinnekamp doesn’t really have a favorite movie because there are lots of movies she really enjoys. A movie Hinnenkamp has seen many times and is always willing to watch again is “Pride and Prejudice,” but she doesn’t think it’s quite as good as reading the book.
Favorite place to volunteer: While attending Apollo High School, Hinnenkamp said she volunteered for an amazing two-week experience with the children at the Anna Marie’s shelter in St. Cloud.
“It was an eye-opening experience which provided me insight in how to work with children who have experienced serious challenges,” Hinnenkamp said. “Similarly, I loved playing and working with the University of Minnesota Pediatric specialty clinics – I don’t know how many children I taught (how) to play Candyland.”
Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Hinnekamp loves to help people cook and bake. She especially enjoys cooking with children.
Favorite restaurant and food: Her favorite food is the apple-cinnamon pancakes with ice cream at Kay’s Kitchen. As a food-science major, Hinnenkamp said she has numerous favorites when it comes to food.
Favorite quote: She enjoys quotes. Hinnenkamp especially enjoys Eleanor Roosevelt’s quotes. A favorite Roosevelt quote is ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’
What she likes best about St. Joseph: What Hinnenkamp appreciates the most about St. Joseph are the people.
“My favorite part about St. Joseph is the wonderful people,” Hinnenkamp said. “I (like) how the people of St. Joseph really support and care about each other and take pride in our beautiful little town.”