Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Journey to Become an RD: My First Week of School

Well, I have officially made it through my first week of my 2-year Dietetics program at San Francisco State University. I'm feeling happy, freaked-out, stressed, and extremely committed. 

I've decided to document my journey with a new series on this blog: Journey to Become an RD. I hope this series is appealing to those who are interested in some aspect of the profession, as well as helpful to anyone considering pursuing the RD license. 

But lets back this up a bit. To give some context to the larger picture, my entire journey will (ideally) look like this:

Fall Semester 2014
Winter/Spring Semester 2014
Summer 2015 no school/Begin applications for Dietetic Internship
Fall Semester 2015
Winter/Spring Semester 2016
Dietetic Internship somewhere in 2016 & beyond
Take & pass the RD licensure exam 

That is, 4 semesters of full-time school work, followed by a Dietetic Internship, and passing the RD licensure exam. But wait, that's not all! In between all that school work, I will also be working part-time and doing plenty of clinical and community nutrition volunteer work. 

Right now, I am trying to figure out my routine, as I function best with a good routine. I know my class schedule, and am now filling in the gaps with employment and volunteer work. It's a puzzle I am happy to put together, with lots of patience, and a big side of hope. With that being said, here is are my classes this semester:

Organic Chemistry
Physiology with Lab
Foods, Production, & Service
Foodservice System Management

And of course, here are my honest (as always) thoughts after making it through one week of my RD program: 

  • My advisors are incredible and I am looking forward to developing a solid relationship with both. They are two women who are clearly dedicated to making each student's experience the most worth while in an impacted program.
  • I feel old! I've never been one to think about people's ages very much. I always just picture everyone around me is 26 years young or so (when in fact, I am 28 years young). But being on a predominately undergraduate campus, I am reminded of how old I am. And not necessarily in a bad way. Rather, I truly appreciate the experiences I've had since college that have brought me to where I am and I feel confident about my ability to succeed. 
  • I ask [a lot of] questions. I have no shame. I don't care what other people in my class think about my questions. I am there to learn and I am paying for my education. And Organic Chemistry is hard; it's as though I am learning a brand new language. So no, I will not nod my head and pretend I get it. I'll raise my hand, and ask my questions, and not think twice about it. And I'll likely make a very confused face if I still don't understand it. I have never been able to mask my facial expressions very well. 
  • I don't miss my old routine. At least, not yet...If I am being really honest, the only thing I miss thus far is my steady paycheck. But being a student is temporary, and I can live with that. Even though I haven't found my new routine yet, I know that soon I will, and that is comforting to me throughout this roller coaster of a change. I am excited about what is to come and it feels unbelievably satisfying to be working towards a goal in which I felt for so long, was unattainable. 
And the journey is just beginning.


  1. I am simultaneously so proud and so jealous! Coffee ASAP please!

    1. I'd LOVE coffee. I am proud of you too!

  2. Good luck! I'm currently finishing my DPD and starting my Masters courses in NY...ahhh! I'm applying for my DI soon, so it's all very exciting...best of luck!

    1. Chelsey - good luck to you. That is all very exciting - congrats on your Masters, a huge accomplishment. I hope you get into everywhere you apply for your DI! Positive vibes your way!!