Only one month left until school starts back up again. For me, fortunately it will be my last semester For dietetics students, our education does not end with a 4-year degree. After graduation the goal is often to land an internship or graduate school (or both) and then become a registered dietitian working in either the community, clinical setting, or in food service management. In addition to that, registered dietitians are required to have a certain amount of continuing education every five years. In the nutrition world, scientific research leads to a continuation of new information every day, so it makes sense to require those in the nutrition field to stay up to date.
For me, the continuing education excites me more than it scares me. I love staying up to date with the latest trends (even without following the trends, I like to know what others are up to so I can challenge misinformation). I’m looking to work in the community setting of dietetics because I love one-on-one interaction with people, and that’s where my heart truly goes. Although I love science and the clinical case studies in Medical Nutrition Therapy, I feel that there are so many current and future dietitians that have a huge passion for that area, that if given the chance, I’d prefer working in the community where my true passion lies. That being said, I’m open to new possibilities and am fully aware that internship/time may steer my choices in the dietetics world.
Fontbonne’s dietetics program isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s for the most passionate future dietitians out there! The instructors give you a great background of each different area of dietetics so you get a feel of where you want your career to land you in the future. My favorite projects included nutrition counseling with different clients. Once we did one with a registered dietitian role playing as a randomized client, another time we did with an actual client from Fontbonne’s campus. I can almost guarantee it pushed everyone in the classroom’s comfort zone at first, but it was a great way to learn!
For any perspective Dietetics students, I strongly suggest you talk to anyone in the FCS department and ask questions about the dietetics program to see if it’s the right choice for you.
I had a blast this weekend, traveling to the city in celebration of my girlfriends 21st birthday! There was a lot going on over the weekend, on and off campus.. STL housed a weekend called STL Uncorked, a fun and exciting concert full of entertainment, drinks, food, and the surrounding community!
Personally, I have officially decided to pursue my dream of becoming a Chiropractor.. I’ve given in a ton of thought over the last 4 years but I feel like it has been a dream of mine for a reason! I enjoy helping people, understanding them, making them better physically and psychologically, as well as letting them know that I am always around to help their family and friends. I hope to graduate in the Fall of 2018 with a bright future ahead of me and clear idea of exactly where I want to go with my practice to be as successful as possible. I first had the idea of becoming a Chiropractor in the 8th grade when I broke my tailbone. Long story short, I didn’t heal correctly and chiropractics worked wonders on getting me back to equilibrium!
Time really flies fast! It’s already been a year for me in St. Louis, studying in Fontbonne University. Back to the day from last year, I was in California and struggling with what I should do after graduation. It was a really scary thing to me when I thought that it seemed like I’d already achieved my academic plans and didn’t have any goals in front of me to achieve anymore… Until I got an email that night saying that I got accepted onto a master’s program combined with a dietetic internship — my mind and emotions totally changed. I could finally achieve what I was longing for for years!!!!!! Even though within this year, I still have encountered struggles since I moved to a new place independently while my family members are all living very far away from me. I always remember that this is an opportunity that I can use to get my master’s and internship. I treasure it and I believe that God can help me bear it through all the way to the end even though I think I can’t. That makes me want to continue to work my best, and he will help me with the rest.
I know this semester is almost over. And some of you may had encountered bumps in this semester. However, I really want to encourage you to not give up your dreams! Bumps will eventually be gone. But your dream will never move away from you. If you keep working hard, your path to reach the goal will shorten and eventually when you reach your destination, this will forever be for you!!! So, let’s Dream Big together!!
Last year, as a freshman I would hear professors tell me that it is common for people to switch majors in life at least once. I had not really believed my professors, in addition to my family members until that happened to me. When I started my college career I thought for sure that I had found the best major and knew that I could help people grow individually in a passionate way. I wanted to become a Speech-Language Pathologist since I had personally gone through language therapy as a child. I could give back my time personally to the greater community and allow other children know that they are not alone when having difficulties. Though slowly throughout the semester I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that something was off, or uncertain about my life. During classes, especially one of my speech-language pathology classes, I would have those same thoughts, multiple times a day for multiple classes. I knew something was off in my gut but I had no idea what was coming and when I would find out what this was.
Once the summer almost hit, I had a language evaluation conducted right on campus since we have resources available. I received the results and of course I was diagnosed with a language disorder that could not be treated just through therapy. Honestly it is complicated to explain as to why I cannot really receive therapy for growth but it is alright not completely understanding. So upon hearing this news and really talking to one of my favorite professors, I felt devastated, one of my dream job opportunities was being taken away from me it felt like and all I wanted to do was blame myself and blame the way I was born, since this is something I have had since I was a baby basically. I felt alone that entire summer, even though I was the light of the party whenever with friends and having a blast. I felt alone in regards to the fact that I did not know what I was going to do with the rest of my college career. What would I major in? What kind of career can I pursue to hopefully one day maybe raise a family? So many questions and yet no where near able to find answers. I am thankful for my sister to have helped me think through possibilities of what to major in reflecting upon my own interests – helping people. Though through much time and patience, I really was able to find another major of interest that I completely and ultimately feel so comfortable in and actually enjoy my classes. I have a sort of peace within myself now when I sit in classes and sit with confidence — no more doubt. I really understand now what my friends and family meant by how the switching of majors really does happen to everyone – and it is still okay. We are not alone.