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:
Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Idaho
How did you become interested in nutrition?
I first became interested in dietetics after wrapping up an immersive career experience as a freelance photojournalist. I was searching for my next path and when I initially found out about becoming a Registered Dietitian, I was not ready to tackle the academic load of the pre- requisites. A year later, I encountered the prospect of studying dietetics again, reviewed the RD option for a second time, and then I felt ready. I enrolled at University of Idaho just weeks later, in August , 2016.
What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program and/or internship so far?
My favorite experience of the dietetics program so far has been the group activities around menu creation and recipe development. I love combining my innate creative spirit with nutrition, cooking and food. I could not have come up with a better plan. Designing our Theme Meal: a historical look at zombies and the holiday recipe challenge, which we just completed, have both been highlights of the program so far.
Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?
Once I become a Registered Dietitian, the kind of work that I want to do is the kind of work where I am interacting with people and the production and preparation of healthy foods. Part of me wants to work with an institution, like the Ford Foundation or a UN agency, an agency with substantial funding that I can work to put to good use. While I do find community work very appealing, I want to work with a group that already has the funding in place and is in the position to affect positive social change.
What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics?
For students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics I would offer the advice: Brace yourself for a rigorous course of study. And, if you connect with the subject and are successful in your studies and practice, being a RDN will open a lot of doors for you.
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