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!
My degree I am working for is nursing. I have aspired to be a nurse ever since I could remember. There were two situations that occurred when I was ten and thirteen that solidified my decision. My first one was in my house. My little brother and sister and I were racing to the swimming pool. As we turned the corner into the kitchen my brother slipped right into the wall corner. He was about five years old at the time and cut a pretty good sized boo boo on his forehead. Immediately, I grabbed the nearest fresh towel and applied pressure to his cut. I picked him up and carried him to the car yelling for my mom and dad and off we went to the hospital.
The second incident was in South Carolina on an island called Daufuskie. My cousins were racing their bikes and crashed into each other. I get a phone call to come over and take a look at their injuries because their mothers were about to be sick from all the blood. I cleaned them up and told them everything was going to be “ok” and off they were back on their bikes. I love caring for other people when they need help. I can make rational decisions while everyone is in panic mode. I feel like a nursing position is a good choice for me.
I remember when adults used to ask that question a lot: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was simple: “An artist.”
Ever since I was young, I always loved to draw. From what I remember, I started drawing stick people, then it led to stick people with animal heads. After that, I started to draw more realistic things. It’s funny, now that I think about it. The “people” I drew didn’t look like people. They were more animal-like in appearance but doing human activities, such as going to school, taking a bubble bath (the kids), or eating. Stuff like that. Eventually, I started drawing from pictures and popular shows. I think I draw better when I’m actually looking at another picture. My favorites were Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon. Sounds a little…nerdy? Ha ha. Sure.
Now that I’m in college, I still think about becoming an artist. However, it’s more of becoming an art teacher then maybe become a real artist. Honestly, I don’t really know what artists are really like. How do they call themselves artists? What do artists do every day? How do they prove that they’re really artists? Do they have to know a lot about art history? These are some questions that may have simple answers, but I think there’s more to them. I’m still trying to learn more about how I can develop myself into a professional artist. To be more specific, I want to become a great ceramicist. I’ve always drawn, drawn, drawn, but when I went to high school, I got into ceramics. I still draw but it’s not the same anymore. Nowadays, I only draw because of my classes; not for my own interest. I miss that. Maybe I’ll get back into it one day. Hopefully.
Have a great day!
When I was younger, I wanted to be an actor. A teacher named Mr. Facchin changed that. He inspired me to become an English teacher. What changed from wanting to be an actor to English teacher is that there is more demand for teachers and that I can pay it forward, by inspiring a future student to become a teacher.