Photo taken from my pretend graduation back in May with Jackie another dietetic grad student!
I never ever ever thought this day would come! I am officially done with my Masters in Food and Nutrition!!! Woop! The last two years have been some of the hardest, and most rewarding two years of my life. Rewind 2.5 years ago… I remember sitting in my old apartment, before I got married, with my fiancé, one of my best friends, and my roommate waiting for the computer to tell me if I got accepted into one of the two dietetic internship programs I applied for. I was so nervous I wanted to puke, and during the last 10 minutes before the acceptance was announced I had to start walking laps around my complex because I was so nervous. With the acceptance rate of around 50% who could blame me? I eventually calmed down, came back, and checked the website. I was accepted! I literally started crying and jumping like a crazy person!
During the last 7 months I have been working full-time, plus a gajuillion hours of homework a week, without pay. I remember when we first got married I thought we were going to be so poor and never thought we could support us with the hubs job and me working part time. Once I started my internship I thought our finances would just crumble! Man God is good! Luckily with the help of graduate assistantships, scholarships, some help from my parents, and my hubs working so hard I am graduating debt free and still have some savings left! God provides during the hard times!
The last two years have had a lot of ups and downs. God has shown me throughout this entire process the strong women I am. Most of the time I never felt good enough and that I couldn’t do it. But His plan was much better then mine! I cried a lot… Over my thesis, classes, internship, and people. There were many times when I wanted to give up. Luckily, He didn’t let people or situations get in the way of my goal.
Not all was bad or terribly hard! My favorite part of my entire experience was definitely my last internship rotation! I worked with some amazing people that were so encouraging, loving, and helpful! I couldn’t have had a better experience there! Today was bittersweet! I was so excited to be done with school, but so sad to leave all the people that work there! I am so thankful and all I can do right now is praise God for getting me through!!! I’m done and hope to never go back to school!
What does the future hold?
No idea! Ha! I don’t have a job yet and am applying to the few available jobs in southern Illinois. Until the time comes when I get a job, my main focus will be studying for the RD exam (hopefully will be taking it sometime this fall), working on this blog, and writing an ebook with my gal pal (and one of my favorite humans) Jordan!!! EEEEEKKK I said it!
What has been your hardest and biggest accomplishment?