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On studying nutrition
How did you decide that you wanted to become a Registered Dietitian?
I answer that here!
What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
A Registered Dietitian is a nutritionist (sometimes, you will see Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)), but a nutritionist is not a Registered Dietitian. Registered Dietitians must complete coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (← what a mouthful.) Essentially, becoming a Registered Dietitian is an extensive process that requires a lot of education, over 1,200 hours of supervised practice, and passing of the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
Where did you take your prerequisite classes? And when?
In the Fall of 2013, I decided to take serious steps towards changing careers and becoming a Registered Dietitian. Because I received a B.S. in Economics, I needed to take a few extra prerequisite classes before I started my Masters of Public Health/Coordinated Dietetics program. Here is how I completed my prerequisites:
- Chem 101, Chem 102, Psychology 101, Anthropology 101 and Biology 101 (undergrad)
- Introduction to Nutrition (Fall 2013)
- Microbiology + Lab (Spring 2014)
- Organic Chemistry + Anatomy & Physiology I (Summer 2014)
- Introduction to Biochemistry (Spring 2015)
- Introduction to Food Science + Anatomy & Physiology II (Summer 2015)
What steps did you take to get accepted into graduate school?
Please visit this page for details!
Do you have any tips for prospective nutrition students?
Yes! You can see my tips for applying to coordinated dietetic programs here.
What were you doing before you went back to school?
Prior to starting graduate school, I worked as a financial analyst for 5 years. I started my career at a Fortune 500 company before moving to a Chicago-based non-profit organization. I also taught spinning classes 3 days/week at Biker Barre, a local spinning/ballet barre studio in Capitol Hill.
Did you have any nutrition-related experience when you applied to schools?
The only relevant experience I had was volunteer work.
Who designed your blog?
What kind of camera do you use?
I shoot with a Nikon D3300.
Do you take all of your pictures?
Most photography was taken by me. I also use stock photos from Death to the Stock Photo.