Sunday, September 21, 2014

Journey to Become an RD: The First Month & My Biggest Challenge, plus the Winner of Honey & Soul Paleo Goodies Giveaway


Coffee shop studying essentials: green smoothie + gluten-free chocolate chip cookie

I've made it through the first month of my four semester, 2-year-long Dietetics program.  And guess what I am learning about? 


Patience. 

I don't consider myself a particularly patient person. Now my big sister? She's got all the patience in the world. Patience is tutoring your little sister, for free, every day after school so she can get an average score on the SATs and get into college. That, my friends, is patience. As well as big-sister unconditional love.

I am learning patience. Patience with finding a new part-time job (waitressing). Patience with learning said part-time job (seven training shifts, six in-depth food and wine tests, folks). Patience with my weird, shifting schedule of all my responsibilities that isn't set in stone. Overall, I am learning to be patient as things (school, work, volunteering) come together during this transition. 

Key part of that sentence above is learning. I never said I was patient yet. 

I am Type A. I want to know how all my puzzle pieces come together: my projected budget and income, my work schedule, my workout schedule (yoga is my jam!), my study schedule, my volunteer schedule, and then, on top of all that, my social schedule and my day (s) off. But this hasn't all come together quite yet. And I am realizing, that everything will come together when it just freaking comes together. So I need to be patient.

Figuring out a new life takes time, after all.

I bring this up because in the past few weeks, I have received numerous emails from people considering going back to school to become an RD. And I love getting these emails, because I was once the person emailing with such questions, and I was so grateful to anyone who helped me out. 

Going into this program, sure, I was worried about all the science (there is no escaping chemistry, organic chemistry, or biochemistry on the road to become an RD). But as I've said in emails to people, you just get through it, because you have to. (And you hire a great tutor, who is patient.) The biggest challenge for me, thus far, has been being patient as I find my new groove, which is so very different from my old one. And maybe I will never have as true of a routine as I did when I was working full-time, and that totally freaks me out, but it's something I will just have to embrace. 

Just like the organic chemistry. 

*Congratulations to Abigail P. - you are the winner of the Paleo goodies giveaway courtesy of Honey & Soul! Abigail, please email me at lauraduggan7@gmail.com - thank you to everyone who entered! 


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