For those of you who do not know, I am currently a junior dietetics student at Fontbonne. That major was the primary reason that I chose to attend this University, and I have loved it from my very first day of classes. Originally, I planned to major in dietetics and work in sports nutrition. Initially, I was drawn to the subject of eating disorders and their role in the female athlete triad, and that was what I planned to focus on. Towards the end of my sophomore year, I decided that I wanted to eventually have more of a medicine-based career, and decided that instead of becoming a dietitian that I wanted to try to become a physician’s assistant or a doctor that worked with athletes, specifically tennis players. Despite my change in career paths, I found that dietetics could still get me where I wanted to go.
Because dietetics and nutrition is so science based, I am able to take most of the classes that I need for PA or Med school without changing my major, and just adding a few more chemistry classes to my schedule. I love dietetics, so when I found out that I could still major in it, I was thrilled. I love this major because of how diverse it is. Yes, we take a ton of nutrition classes, but we’re not just all calories and vegetables. We also learn about things like food science, advocacy, chemistry, microbiology, food management systems, community nutrition, anatomy, and there’s even a business class thrown in there! Dietetics is a huge field, with so many different categories that I am literally never bored. I have learned so much about not only food, but how to apply for internships, how to manage employees, how to cook all kinds of foods, how to write grants and advocate for my community, how to run a kitchen, how to teach education classes, and even how to apply for jobs and do things like write cover letters and resumes. A lot of things that I have learned I have learned in real settings, like the giant decked-out kitchen that resides in AB Hall, or in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias in the STL community that I have been exposed to through my practicum this semester.
One of the best parts of the Fontbonne dietetics program has got to be the instructors. They care so much about all of us, and I have not met one who has not only been excited to teach us, but who has been even more excited to help us plan our futures and succeed. Every one of them is brilliant and has something different to teach us in specific areas of dietetics. All of us in the program are on a first name basis with every instructor in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) department, and I am comfortable going to any of them with questions, concerns, or just to talk. I really feel like I am getting the most out of my education here.
So there you have it griffins! What major(s) are you thinking about? Talk to you next time.