Hi friends! I’m reporting live from Cafe Solstice here on campus as I wait to meet a close friend for lunch. I just finished class for the day (I’m taking a Food Service Management class every day for the next 4 weeks) and I’ll head into work shortly.
Yesterday was my first day of work and I was totally stoked that I have my own little cube! I geeked out and made my friend/fellow research assistant take a picture of me next to my name tag because I was surprised that I even had one 🙂 This is my first *real* job since starting school and it feels surreal to get paid to do research on nutrition.
I’ll be working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition. My job will entail research (literature reviews), data collection, data analysis, and report writing. Little did I know that keeping up with this little blog (and let’s be real, the hundreds of pages I’ve written over the past 9 months) would sharpen my writing skills and help land me a job.
I’m feeling especially lucky because by taking on a specific section of the final report, I was able to turn my job into my summer community rotation (part of the 1200 hours of supervised practice that are required to sit for the RD exam.) As I mentioned in my video, I will also be doing a 40-hour field work project with a Seattle-based nutrition education organization, so I’m excited to delve into a few different opportunities in the next 8-12 weeks!
Speaking of Cafe Solstice and the summer solstice…I attended my first Solstice Parade over the weekend, including the naked bike ride! Words cannot describe the experience, but photos can 😉 Oh Seattle, how I adore thee.
Have a great week, friends!