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Dietetics Internship

Last week I started my internship at Valley Park School District. You might be wondering what am I doing there?… Well, I am a graduate student doing my dietetic internship in several sites. Right now, I am in the school system overseeing how they run their food service.
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As I approach my final year at Fontbonne, I have to start thinking about my life post-grad. Like most dietetics majors, I’ll be applying for an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-certified internship this spring and then preparing to take my exam to become a Registered Dietitian. The internship selection process is notoriously cutthroat, so it helps to do everything you can to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the applicants.

One thing a lot of internship sites look for is a GRE score. The GRE (which stands for “Graduate Record Examination”) is a test that many people take when they complete their undergrad and want to start their Master’s degree. It’s basically like taking the ACT or SAT all over again. So guess what I did this past Wednesday? That’s right – I was taking the GRE!

It really wasn’t that bad. The hardest part for me was the math, which isn’t even conceptually hard (supposedly it’s all high school stuff) – but the questions can be tricky! And I did find myself a bit crunched for time during those sections as well.  Not that the test was short by any means; the whole process takes between 4 and 5 hours.

If you’ll be taking the GRE at some point, the most important thing to do is find your weak spots (whether they are math, English, or writing-related) and review. Doing some practice under time restrictions would be helpful as well. But the bottom line is that this is a standardized test. What do standardized tests do? Test how well you can take a standardized test. So just relax and do the best you can!

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Now that April – and hopefully warmer weather – is upon us, it’s time to begin the registration process for next year’s classes. As usual, I’ll be knee-deep in dietetics! There will be some clinical nutrition classes, some family/consumer science-based classes, and a class that will prepare me for the dietetic internship application process (which all graduated dietetics students have to complete before they can sit for the RD – Registered Dietitian – exam). I’m excited for my senior year, and very pleased with how my college experience has gone so far. I’m very lucky to say that food and nutrition has always been my surefire passion, and I’ve never once considered switching my major. One reason is that there’s just so many areas that a dietitian can work in – food service, hospitals, private practice, large corporations, grocery stores – if there’s food involved, chances are there’s a dietitian on staff somewhere! And in the past few years the need for more dietitians has just kept growing. Personally, I see myself working for a health foods or grocery store, perhaps with a private consultation business on the side. I’d like to write a book, too, and hopefully specialize in vegan/vegetarian diets. But I’m open to more ideas, too! The great thing about dietetics is that I can change things up without having to go back to school and get another degree.

So I’m definitely excited about what the future holds. That being said, I’m loving college, and I intend to keep enjoying every second of it! I’ve had so many great experiences at Fontbonne – I’ve tried new things, met great friends and teammates, and gone places I never even thought about going. It’s been awesome! And when the time comes, I know I’ll be able to look back with satisfaction and move on to the next chapter. But for now, I’m just enjoying the moment!

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I know, I know. I haven’t blogged in a long time. I didn’t have anything too exciting to talk about the last couple of weeks aside from complaining about a bunch of large projects that I had to do. So, because I put off blogging for so long, I now I have multiple, exciting topics to bombard you with! Aren’t you glad I waited until this week to post anything? Me too! Let me tell you all about them!

1.) This week I finally begin my internship with the Missouri Botanical Gardens, during which I’ll be helping with the development of an exhibit about plant foods from around the world! I’m so stoked. Plus, tomorrow I get to have my photo taken for my own Garden ID badge. I have a very strong feeling that I’m going to be having a lousy hair day as a result.
2.) Last week, I made the trek out to St. Charles Community College to take a look at their fancy chemistry labs that I’ll be using for an organic experiment I’m running for plant biology. I know you’re dying to hear the details about it, so let me fill you in on what I’ll be doing! For my experiment, I’m going to extract the phtyochemical quercetin from the peels of a variety of organic and conventionally grown apple cultivars and then run an HPLC on my samples to see if organic apples have higher levels of this particular compound than their conventional counterparts. Make sense? I must say I’m pretty excited that I get to play with all of this fancy equipment, and I have my own bottle of pure quercetin waiting for me in the lab. So cool. So geeky. I know.
3.) My second half marathon is just weeks away! I have blisters! I’m chafing in weird places! I have experienced the joys of eating energy gels while running the Long Slow Run! I can’t wait!
4.) And to top it all off, Sufjan Stevens is coming out with a new boxed set of Christmas CD’s! Joy to the world!

Okay, well that’s about all for now. What exciting things have happened to you lately?

Have a stupendous weekend!

-Carly

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