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XC and RD!

by Alumni Posts on February 28, 2011

in Academics,Athletics,Career Paths,New & Future Students

My high-school was pretty prep. From the minute I walked in the door as a freshman, I was encouraged to seek out my career path and find a good college. That may sound intimidating, but looking back I’m thankful for it, because it helped lead me here to Fontbonne. Long story short, I realized that my love of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle was leading me to become a registered dietitian, or RD. My next step was finding colleges that offered programs accredited by the American Dietetic Association – these programs have to meet specific standards. Soon I had a list of accredited schools, and Fontbonne was on it, along with places like Mizzou and SLU. I knew that basically my decision was between SLU and Fontbonne, so I took a visit to both places. SLU is a good school; it has a great program. But something about the big, urban campus made me uncomfortable. The exact opposite, however, happened at Fontbonne. I just felt at home. At first I thought it was a little small, but I came to realize that’s exactly what I wanted.

I guess I should mention another factor in my college decision – I’ve always dreamed of being a collegiate athlete. It would be a stretch to make the cross-country team at SLU, but from the very beginning I was welcomed by and encouraged to join the XC team at Fontbonne. When I spent the night as a “recruit” in the fall, I tried to imagine running on a team with the people I met. I thought it would be pretty nice. I was way off, though – it’s amazing! I love my teammates so much. Although I still haven’t really known them very long, they are like family to me.

To sum it all up, I chose Fontbonne because it has a great dietetics program, because I could continue to run on a team, and because it just felt right. I am 100% satisfied with my choice, and I don’t want to be anywhere else!

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