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Why Dietetics?

by Taylor on February 29, 2016

in Academics,After College

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.

Taylor

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On my desk sits a huge calendar with every assignment due date and test date penciled in. Monday, December 12th, is a little different from the other days, though, with the label: “You survived the Worst. Semester. Ever.” My classes for next semester are in the system (only seventeen hours…what a relief!), and as I think about what’s in store for me in the months to come, I can’t help but ask myself, “Was this really the Worst Semester Ever?” Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? I really don’t feel like doing homework at the moment.

1. I’ve pretty much survived the first half of the class that supposedly weeds out all of those students unfit for med school: the dreaded organic chemistry. In all honesty, it wasn’t even that bad, and I even decided as I met with my advisor last week to take organic two and get a chem minor. I thought the 4:30-8:20 Thursday night labs would be positively dreadful, but in all honesty, they’re actually a lot of… fun. Plus, I always get a good laugh out of the dumb mistakes I tend to make during lab, like how I turned part of my finger bright orange last week or how one week I spilled a solution of cloves all over Courtney’s stereochem worksheet (her paper now smells Christmas-y, courtesy of me). While it’s a very stressful four hours, we still manage to have a weirdly good time.
2. I’ve never had so much homework to do! I can’t count the number of times I’ve cried over being too overwhelmed with stuff that, quite frankly, I didn’t feel like doing. Somehow, though, I fell into a study routine, and I was finally able to add some procrastination time (like now) back into my schedule. Sure, it means I don’t get to go to bed at ten like I did over the summer, but at least I get everything accomplished.
3. I finally know what I want to do with my life…! (I think.) After much stress at the beginning of the semester: “What do I want to do?”, I’ve finally decided that I’m in a good place for what I want to be. My dad is now insisting that I become a doctor, since I like chemistry and all, but Western medicine isn’t my thing. I’ve decided that, in addition to becoming a registered dietitian, I want to go into oriental medicine and acupuncture, so I can incorporate diet and natural medicine all in my own private practice. I can’t believe it took me so long to figure that out.
4. I’ve made more friends here at school, and I’m finally starting to feel like I’ve made the right choice with coming to school here. Last year, I wanted so badly to be at SLU with my brother, where I’d have more clubs to join, more people around me… all of those things that come with a bigger campus. But now I finally feel like Fontbonne is definitely the place for me.

Okay. I digress. I suppose I better get working on my nutrition paper… I have to get up early before organic lecture to work on a lab that I totally screwed up. Unfortunately, though, I’m not looking forward to that. I’m sure by next week, though, as I’m sitting down to a nice piece of pumpkin or apple or whatever kind of pie, I will be able to look back on this lab that I’ve made a mess of and laugh. I can only hope.

Hang in there everyone!

-Carly

“Despicable Dogs” by Small Black

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