Hey guys, I’m Emmalee! I’m so very excited to start this blog. It’s been a long journey to get here. I’m working on my third year as a dietetics major at a Texas school, but I wasn’t always interested in food…
As a kid, my answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was always changing (my favorite is Egyptologist!), but at the beginning of high school, I thought it was music. I love to play piano and took lessons for about ten years. However, as my playing got more and more serious, I started to wonder if I really wanted to go into a degree where I’d spend so many hours in a practice room (props to all the music majors out there! Y’all work so hard and I’m super proud of you). I liked music, but I didn’t want it to become my livelihood and I didn’t want to lose the joy I found in it.
Around the same time, I started to find health-focused blogs that talked a lot about nutrition and exercise. I loved making recipes, learning about what good food was supposed to be, and finding ideas from all over the world. I think absorbing all this information really guided me towards dietetics. I realized that I liked food and I liked science and dietetics was the convenient intersection of the two.
I was lucky as I was looking for dietetic schools in Texas to get a good scholarship to the school I’m at now. I was unsure of my decision, but I’m now really happy that I’ve made it. I’ve met a lot of good people in my department and around the school. My university reassured me of my choice to pursue a future in nutrition as I’ve progressed through courses over the last two-and-a-half years. I discovered that a dietetics degree comprises a lot more than just taking nutrition classes, but involves learning how to communicate with the community, what it looks like to manage a foodservice operation, and even how important it is to understand accounting!
As I’m getting close-ish to completing my degree, I started to realize that I need to get ready for the next step: finding a dietetic internship! The dietetic internship, or DI, is the next step after completing a degree in dietetics to earning the title of Registered Dietitian. And that leads me to this blog! I didn’t want to make this new big decision lightly, so I figured if I’m going to be researching different schools and listening to current program directors and interns, why not share it with y’all? I’ve spent winter break working on getting this blog ready to go and as the semester starts, so will my writing. New year, new me and all that jazz. I have no clue where this blog will lead to, but I know it will be fun and I would love for y’all to follow my journey!
Until next time,
What are you looking forward to this year?