I am officially done with a full year of graduate school! I have never learned so much in one year in my whole life. I came into this year having the smallest bit of knowledge of what sort of RD I wanted to be, how to write an ADIME or a TPN or even the inner workings of food service/management, how to even locate CSULA, how to make friends, and so many other things I never even knew about.
First, I came out of the year with some amazing friends who aren’t afraid to get into a friendly debate about nutrition topics, pick up a frantic phone call about assignment due dates , and make going to school insanely fun.
(Flatbread party with some happy hour sparkling wine and sangria to celebrate finishing my last final with my best friend at Magnolia House in Pasadena on Friday)
Secondly, I really found my passion for intuitive eating and strongly opposing the diet mentality society relentlessly pushes on us. I’m even doing my thesis project on it- more info to come!
(Chocolate raspberry birthday cake from Portos to celebrate my friend Bri’s 24th birthday on Saturday! This came after chips, guac, marks, and the best cauliflower! I also got my car towed that night UGH )
Third, I made it out of Medical Nutrition alive. I was the most challenged in this class and I really like challenges. I also learned through this class that I really have no passion for inpatient clinical dietetics, like at all.
(Friday night dinner at my best friend’s parents house with lots salad, BBQ veggies, and flank steak + corn and bread+ wineeeeee- also how stunning is this setup!)
Fourth, I controlled my school related anxiety. I no longer hyperventilate before an exam and I have learned the best way to study for me and I stick to it. I’ve realized that it truly is just a test and that I am indeed smart and capable of getting an A. It’s all about the self talk people.
(Tequila snow cone at Gracias Madre Saturday- HELLO)
Fifth, I’ve become more confident in myself. I finally have felt like this is the area of study that I am meant to be in and I love knowing that. I’ve loved falling in love with food and separating my knowledge about it with my taste and craving for it. No more analyzing food as an RD2BE like everyone expects me to- I just look at food like a normal competent, intuitive eater and that has brought me a lot of peace. I don’t feel like I have to explain my eating choices to anyone because at the end of the day its my choice and if they want nutrition advice from me they can book an appointment with me once my private practice is ready to go(be patient people – we have 2 years).
(Sunday brunch with my cousin at Marmalade in Malibu- we had chorizo eggs benedict with breakfast potatoes, not fruit please)
What does my summer look like you ask? I’m taking it as easy as I know how. I’m writing and developing my thesis project, traveling to Seattle, Chicago, and Austria and Italy, spending time with friends and fam, teaching nutrition for A World Fit For Kids, and revamping my lesson plans for teaching my classes at CSULA in the fall. So yeah I’m not doing nothing but I’m SO much more free than I ever have been. After this restful summer I’m sure I’ll be ready for year 2.
I hope you have some wonderful summer plans and that you ate well this weekend!
(Chocolate chip vegan and GF cookie that I seriously LOVE from Deluscious cookies)