Some of you might have suspected this or read in a comment a while back when I leaked the news, but I had to keep things quiet for the sake of my current job – I didn’t know who might be reading!!
I am going back to school to get a master’s degree in nutrition to become a Registered Dietitian!
I start classes full time on January 14th (the husband’s birthday!) and will spend the next 2.5 years securing the R.D. requirements. The master’s will take me a year beyond that, but I’ll only need to take one class a semester, so I should be able to practice as an R.D. after only 2.5 years.
Since I was a history major at a small liberal arts college, I have to start from scratch on the requirements. I have a few (including the nutrition 101 class I just completed last night) but I’ll be taking Chemistry 101 with freshmen undergrads next semester 🙂 But I’ll also be taking Physiology, Cultural Foods (which I’m SO excited about!), Medical Terminology, Intro to Dietetics, and Statistics. After this first semester and a summer session, I should move into the upper level nutrition courses when things will get really interesting.
As you can probably guess, I am THRILLED to be doing this. I’ve wanted to be an R.D. for a while, but I was hesitant to make the commitment of 2.5 years of graduate school. But once I made the decision, things felt so right. Science, particularly biology and the human body, has always been a favorite subject of mine. I won all the science awards in high school! But in college, the thought of spending hours in lab steered me from the sciences into the humanities. After taking my nutrition course this fall, I renewed my passion in biology and human physiology and found everything so fascinating.
I can’t wait until I can legally share my tips and ideas on food, eating, health, and nutrition to clients, but I have a lot to learn first! I’ve got big plans to start my own business, and also hope to pursue freelance writing and blogging opportunities through women’s health and fitness magazines and other media outlets and of course, keep on bloggin’.
Kath, RD, MS to be