This year the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating 70 years of our Idaho affiliate! As part of our celebration, we would like to recognize what Idaho Dietetic Interns and Students are doing and where they would like to go after the completion of their dietetic program.
Today, we are recognizing:
M.S. Candidate & Senior in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Idaho
How did you become interested in nutrition?
I was originally set to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and decided late in the game that I wanted to add on a minor in Nutrition. There were only a few classes I had left to take in order to complete a minor, one of them being “Nutrition Through the Lifecycle” with Dr. Samantha Ramsay. I can remember sitting in her class one morning listening to her speak so passionately about the key aspects of child feeding, thinking to myself, “This woman is amazing, I want to be just like her!”. Developing a relationship with Dr. Ramsay led me to the UI Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and eventually my acceptance into graduate school. I have Dr. Ramsay to thank for helping me discover a career field that I am so very passionate for.
What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program and/or internship so far?
To try and narrow down a specific experience as my favorite would be difficult, as the last couple of years have included some of the best times of my life. This program has introduced me to some of my very best friends, and so many inspiring women that I hold so very highly as role models in my career, and in my life. The best part of this program has been the growth I’ve experienced in being surrounded by some of the most amazing people I know.
Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?
I have always imagined myself as a clinical dietitian, specifically in oncology or renal nutrition. I love the science behind dietetics and the challenge of solving health problems with a thorough diet plan. I have always thought that I had my future career all figured out; that was until I began my community nutrition rotations. Just between my time spent at WIC and the Idaho Food Bank, my plans of becoming a clinical dietitian have gained some serious competition. All in all, as a RDN I just want to interact with people and help them in the best way that I can, hopefully teaching them something valuable along the way.
What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics?
Dive in! This field has something for everyone. I came into this program not having any idea what I was going to do with a degree in dietetics, and know now that I can do anything I set my mind to. These same opportunities await you 🙂
What is your LinkedIn profile URL?
Thank you Rae and see you at the Idaho Annual Meeting April 19th – 20th in Sun Valley!