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!
This week has been a long week because I have the dreaded summer cold. Luckily it hasn’t stopped me from doing much, but it has made things less than pleasant for the start of my week. Last night my friends from the dietetics program and I got together for a much needed girl’s night. It felt like forever since I’d seen them. Four of them graduated this Spring and are off to internships at the end of this summer/early fall. I’m so happy for them and proud of their accomplishments! I hope to have good luck in my search for internships in the Spring of next year. Despite graduating in December, I decided to wait until Spring match for internships because most internships match in the Spring. I’m looking into Eastern Illinois University’s internship and hoping to get a tour of campus and talk to the internship director sometime this summer. In addition, another thing I’d like to get done over summer is the GRE. I would like to get a master’s degree in a nutrition-related field someday, so I figure if an internship also has a master’s degree program attached, all the better.
Wish me luck on getting past this cold and getting some relaxation on my day off today!
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. -Katie
From right to left: Me, Chelsea, and Morgan… love these girls!
Last Monday, my family and I began our way to Orlando to go to universal studios. On the first night, we stayed in a hotel in Georgia. The next day, we drove the last 8 hours to Orlando and went to universal studios the following day. We checked into the royal pacific hotel and then we spent the next 3 days riding rides. I really liked the Harry potter rides. I love the castle and all the animations. I Also liked the Dr.Seuss rides. We had lunch at the Dr. Seuss circus cafe and I ate a giant cupcake! I even got a cat in the hat wallet! Now we are at St. George Island in Florida. I will save that story for next week!