The Kat’s Out of the Bag! (ANNOUNCEMENT!)

December 14, 2007

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!!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

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

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1 Aimee December 14, 2007 at 3:35 pm

You’re living the life! ;) Congrats! That’s really wonderful news and along with being so happy for you, I’m also secretly envious. I wish you lots of luck!

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2 Annie December 14, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Congradulations on your decision! I too will begin next semester towards my goal of becoming an R.D, but I am starting from scratch at 18. Good luck, the job seems perfect for you!

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3 Allison December 14, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Congratulations, that is great! Are you going to continue at your job? Or are you quitting?

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4 Danielle December 14, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Congrats on your decision! You’ll make a great RD and I wish you all the luck along the way!

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5 Christie December 14, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Kath,
I was the same way I went to school for 4 yrs to get my undergrad in Exercise Science and I felt liek I always wanted to be an RD but did not want to commit to the program. I decided it was really what I wanted and I have been in the BS/MS NUtrition Program for a year now. I have another 2 semesters plus the internship but I know it will be worth it!
Its exciting to hear you will be on the same path as me, you will not be let down with all the info in the courses!

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6 Andrea December 14, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Congrats! That is great news. I too thought about going back to study Nutrition but I did not feel as motivated as you to go through more schooling. GOOD LUCK!

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7 mags December 14, 2007 at 4:04 pm

you are just so adorable! i am addicted to your blog and truly believe you are a wonderful role model for a healthy life style! can’t wait to hear about the cookies tonight… are you altering recipes to make them healthier? or indulging for the holidays?!

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8 TC December 14, 2007 at 4:31 pm

yay! way too go. you are such an inspiration!

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9 Patricia December 14, 2007 at 4:45 pm

I’m so happy for you Kath!
I think you have a lot to bring into the field… you went through the struggle of losing weight, and that counts for a lot more than any of the things in the nutrition textbook.
I’m sure that combining your experience and all of the things they teach you, you’ll be a great RD!!

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10 Brooke December 14, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Congrats Kath! Becoming an RD is not easy but it is worth it. :) Enjoy your classes, I loved the food science ones. There is nothing better than being able to cook for a grade!

You seem to be made for this profession. :D

-Brooke

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11 Lauren December 14, 2007 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations, Kath! What exciting news! I wish you the best of luck. I hope you continue to blog, because I’m addicted! :)

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12 CKMeg December 14, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Yay! So exciting!!! You’re going to be great. I’m really happy for you! :)

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13 Alex December 14, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Congratulations! I had read about this in a comment a while ago, and I was wondering when the actual schooling would begin. ; )

No doubt you will do wonderfully, and I think your passion for food and healthy eating will help you contribute to the field and succeed in whatever you choose. I love that you are excited about everything you eat! It is so refreshing in this day and age to see someone’s honest appreciation and excitement for good, healthful food and how that can translate into dreaming up wonderful concoctions that both you and others will enjoy.

Where will you be attending school? Davidson again?

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14 Ala December 14, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Congrats!!! I don’t think anyone ever regrets listening to that ‘inner voice’ about a career path you feel passionate about. You will not regret this! I think you have a big future ahead of you. Such an inspiration to us all.

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15 laura December 14, 2007 at 10:39 pm

that is so awesome. thats exactly what i want to do.! the freelance writing about nurtition!!

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16 Kath December 15, 2007 at 12:28 am

Thanks, everyone, for all your support and excitement!!!

Allison,

I'm not quitting my job, I'm resigning :) But I won't be working there after January 4th since I'll be in school full-time.

Alex,

I'm going to Winthrop University, just south of Charlotte. It's the only CADE-accredited nutrition program in my area. About 25 minutes from my house.

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17 Anonymous December 15, 2007 at 12:51 am

woo! we’re in the same boat, liberal arts undergrad, in marketing, making the switch! i’m clearing a bunch of the pre-reqs while working f.t. before applying to the m.s. though. good luck!

actually another lib arts marketing person in my company recently left for her ms/rd. what’s with all us marketers jumping ship for food? something in the water i guess!

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18 stephanie December 15, 2007 at 12:54 am

that is fantastic news. i’ll think of it as your first step to nationwide syndication :) you’re going to be good at this! very very good!

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19 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Oh yeah, you did it! :)

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20 Kathy April 9, 2013 at 4:38 am

I’m very excited to read more about your journey through graduate school. I recently decided to pursue a career as a R.D. I’m 50% committed and hopefully in the next year or two I’ll have my mind made up. It’s very exciting to come across your website :-)

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