Life After Graduation

graduation, cruise

Hello Friends!

I’m so excited to finally sit down and write this blog post! I have been meaning to sit down and write since graduation in December, but for some reason it has been tough to actually do it (weird how that happens). I really have enjoyed posting on this platform and plan to post regularly from now on.

In December I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Foods with a concentration in Dietetics. I feel like my whole life led up to just graduating from college. Which is honestly crazy to think about now, because there was a time when I didn’t even want to go to college. I’m so grateful to have gone to college and to have found my passion for nutrition. When I first started college at Austin Community College I had no clue what I wanted to do which led to me having no drive to put effort into my classes. Finding nutrition as a degree really gave me that drive I needed to work hard for something. College was where I was lucky enough to find out how smart I can be when I dedicate myself to a goal.

So what have I been doing since graduation?

After graduation in December and celebrating the holidays I went straight into studying for the GRE. Let me tell you, studying for the GRE sucks. I would much rather study medical nutrition therapy or biochemistry any day over studying math or vocabulary. Plus, the GRE is timed so that adds on a whole new obstacle to overcome besides just learning the material. I took the GRE mid-January and luckily did good enough on it. But I will warn you- if you do need to study for the GRE, it’s pretty much a full time job.

While studying for the GRE and after taking it I had to devote pretty much all my time to DICAS. DICAS is the central application service for Dietetic Internships. So what’s a dietetic internship? It’s a minimum of 1200 hours in a required internship that must be completed before being eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam to become an RD. Dietetic Internships are special, in that they’re limited and therefore very competitive. They have to be completed through an ACEND accredited program, so they can’t just be done anywhere. Unfortunately Only 50% of students get into these programs so your application has to be TOP NOTCH to get accepted. So I pretty much spent all my time between mid-January and February 15th perfecting (and stressing about) my application. This included researching programs, writing personal statements, entering every hour of volunteer and paid work, and tweaking my resume. February 15th brought so much anxiety but then such an amazing sigh of relief being able to press submit in DICAS and thus sending off my applications to each school.

So how did I celebrate being done with college, the GRE, and these daunting applications- I went on a cruise! I was so blessed that Wiley’s parents chose February 16th as the day we go on a cruise, legit the most perfect timing possible.

 

To add to all the happiness that I was feeling, once we got onto the cruise ship I got the call to officially accept my new position as a Volunteer Coordinator for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. I have been with Agrilife Extension for about a year today, first as a volunteer then as an “intern” and now I have a paid position with them! I will be coordinating all of our volunteers as well as getting the chance to do nutrition education. I will be working with them, as well as continuing my job with Snap Kitchen until I hopefully start my Dietetic Internship and Masters program in August. Oh yeah… that leads me to mention I’ve only applied to Internships that also offer Masters (in nutrition) programs. Getting my Masters was a decision I went back and forth with for a while, but I know it will be worth it in the long term.

So on April 2nd at 6pm CST I will find out which program I get matched to (please send good vibes). I’m not ready to find out but at the same time am ready to know where I’ll be going in like five months.

My plan for the next five months:

Work, earn money, workout, write posts for this blog, spend time with family and friends and just enjoy life not as a student for the first time ever.

 

I have lots planned for this blog. I’m really excited to be able to share what I’ve learned in school + what I’ve learned through my own weight loss/getting healthy journey. I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m ready to help people who want to live healthier lives.

So, if you have any questions, reach out to me! I’d love to hear what you want to see on this blog. Whether it’s topics of interest, recipes, workouts, or anything else you can think of, I’m open to suggestions.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this, you’ll be hearing from me soon!