About Me

As you can probably tell from the title of this blog, I’m working toward becoming a Registered Dietitian.  It’s been a long road leading up to this point and after completing a couple of degrees and testing out several random careers, I am finally entering the career I am passionate and excited about.  I am currently a dietetic intern at a top west coast hospital where I’ll be spending the next 12 months learning the in’s and out’s of my career.  (I’m leaving the details out about where I’m interning for privacy and professional purposes). I’m hoping that blogging about my internship experiences will help motivate dietetic students to keep working toward their goals.  It’s also a great way to keep my friends and family in the loop.

Aside from being an aspiring dietitian, I love to run, hike, swim, lift weights, cook and read.  I also tend to be very chatty so don’t be surprised if my postings are kind of long.  But the more details the better, right?

Please note that I am very new to blogging and it may take me a while to figure it all out.  I’m going to try to post as frequently as possible, especially when something exciting happens, and at the very least will update weekly. Your feedback is welcome so please comment as often as you like.

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6 responses to “About Me

  1. Looking forward to reading your adventures!

    Just wondering what other careers you had tried before making your final decision? And I’ve always wondered if you are compensated for internships such as the one you’re doing, or is it like a college course where you pay them?

  2. Hi,

    I was initially pre-med and dedicated 5-6 years of college and work experience to it, studied forensic science in grad school for a year with the intent of applying to med school to become a forensic pathologist (medical examiner) and worked an office job as I went through my second undergrad in dietetics. It was all related to medicine and for the most part helped me get where I am now, but 8 years of my life feels like a long time! Basically I never loved my potential careers until dietetics, and now I am very excited to be doing what I am doing and for the future.

    As far as compensations are concerned, some internships do offer a stipend but mine unfortunately is not one of them. Also, while you are in an internship you are discouraged from having an outside job because your time is theirs and you have to be very flexible with your schedule. Usually you do have to pay tuition, which varies depending on the program. You can visit http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/career_2191_ENU_HTML.htm for details about the different internships and fees and/or stipends associated with each.

  3. Hello!

    Your blog caught my eye and I wanted to let you know about All Access Internships, a website devoted to helping students during the search and application to dietetic internships! Check it out at http://www.allaccessinternships.com and let any of your undergrad/grad classmates know about this resource! We collect testimonials on intern experiences to, so please direct any past interns to our website!
    I have listed off a few ways I thought you might be interested in getting involved in All Access Internships, since it seems as though you have a knack for helping out other students by contributing to your blog. Here are a few ideas:

    1. Write a review of All Access Internships on your blog. Let your blog readers know about the resource and highlight a few features!
    2. Share your experience in the internship and write an article for All Access Internships (go to GET INVOLVED–>SUBMISSIONS on the homepage)
    3. Tell dietetics students/current interns about AAI (and submit a survey found on the home page)
    4. Post a link to AAI on your blog
    5. Be apart of the Student Involvement Program (going to GET INVOLVED–>JOIN US on the website)
    6. Send an email to your DPD director telling them about AAI and encouraging to pass along the resource to their students
    7. Let me know of any other resources available to students applying to DIs (great websites you found during your search and application?)
    8. Any other ideas you have that could help dietetics students through this process. Katie (my partner) and I feel that the more students are able to use AAI and contribute to it, the greater the resource will become for future students, thus better preparing them for our profession!

    Also, we are going to add a new section to RESOURCES called “Intern Bloggers”. Would you be interested in having your blog listed here?

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Jenny Westerkamp
    Chief Operating Officer, All Access Internships

  4. I just wanted to let you know that your blog is being featured on All Access Internships on the Links page. If you didn’t already know, All Access Internships is a free resource for dietetics students! You can check it out at allaccessinternships.com!
    Thanks!

    Lauren
    All Access Internships

  5. Hey RD2Be,

    I was wondering where you are now that you’re done with your internship and if you are wanting other interns or students to guest blog about their experiences by any chance? I just think your site is a neat idea and could be nice to see other interns experiences on their journey = )

  6. Hi,

    Thank you so much for blogging about your experience. I was wondering why you decided to not go to medical school anymore? I am in a very similar situation and just wanted to see what your experience was.

    Thanks,

    Nick

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