I miss blogging. It’s hard when everything seems to go 100 mph at all times with school and I don’t have the brain space to think of a coherent post. Regular bloggers are amazing! So much goes into a good post.
I’m also working on giving my blog a different look. So far I’m stuck on what to use as a header photo, so things are pretty plain for now.
Last time I recapped on my first full-time semester in the program. The second (winter) semester was just as busy and jam-packed with info and new experiences. I found that I liked long-term care more than I thought I would (it helped to have a great facility and RD preceptor) and really started feeling like I could do this RD thing. I definitely still need practice in some areas, like effective counseling and motivational skills and am hoping to get more experience in my second year.
I also had to try my best to get over my fear of speaking in front of people, as I had to do so many presentations for class and the Office of Nutrition Services on campus. I also helped teach some cooking classes for students and did food demos at some local senior centers.
This summer I just finished an integrative medicine course and am taking an entrepreneurship for dietitians course. Both super interesting and relevant! By the end of summer I will have a functioning business plan for a private practice, which I’m super excited about, whether or not I use it right out of school.
Some things I am loving right now:
- Stone fruit season. Cherries and peaches and plums, oh my.
- This version of the “Polar Vortex.” It’s been comfortably in the low 70s instead of humid death heat.
- Zaalouk! I’m in love with a local North African restaurant called El Harissa and one of my favorite dishes they make is this eggplant dish reminiscent of baba ganoush. I haven’t tried the recipe I linked to, so can’t say whether it’s comparable to El Harissa’s zaalouk. I would definitely roast the eggplant instead of boiling it to get that smoky flavor.
- Having a bit of time to catch up with friends (and meet new ones).
I’m going to try to be better about writing more consistently, but I’m not promising anything :)