I meant to do a monthly update, but it looks like the last one I did was in September 2014! If you go back to that post, I had a few goals: get experience, retake the GRE, and finalize my prospective schools. I can happily say that I accomplished all of my goals. I volunteered with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters to get some experience working with a Registered Dietitian and helped teach nutrition basics to low-income parents, I retook the GRE (and got a better, but not great, score) and applied to four schools:
- the MPH/RD program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- the MPH/RD program at the University of Washington
- the MSPH/RD program at Johns Hopkins University
- the MPH/RD program at the University of Minnesota
The deadline for the M.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition program at Colorado State University is not until March, so I plan to wait to submit that application.
Although I would have visited all the schools had I been able to, I was only able to visit University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of Washington. I flew to Seattle in November and spent an entire day on campus, meeting with faculty, talking to a current nutrition student, and meeting with the program coordinator. I fell in love with the program and Seattle, and walking around the University of Washington campus made me even more excited for what my future (hopefully!) holds this fall.
In exciting news…
I was accepted into the MPH Nutrition program at the University of Minnesota, which is step 1 of 2 for the MPH/RD program. Once accepted into the MPH Nutrition program, I had to submit supplementary application questions for the RD portion of the program (they accept 10 students annually.) Even if I am not admitted into the RD program, I can still attend the MPH Nutrition program. The University of Minnesota Public Health program is ranked #8 in the country, tied with Berkeley, so overall it’s exciting news!
I should be hearing back in the next 1-2 months on admission decisions into all the programs I applied to. In the meantime, I will be starting my Biochemistry class, as well as a Food Science class and a
Food Production Management class. I will be really busy this Spring, but I’m on the home stretch now and have my fingers crossed from some good news shortly 🙂