As the anniversary of my move to Seattle approaches in a few days, it’s hard to believe how drastically my life has changed over the course of 12 months. The past year has been one of immense personal and professional growth. I’ve celebrated successes, overcome disappointments, revered the unexpected, powered through heartbreak, and learned to never settle.
In letting go of my fear of starting over, I’ve gained my whole life. Seattle was my breath of fresh air, and it has filled my life with purpose and gratitude for the opportunities I’ve received. Even during my lowest moments of the summer, I felt grateful that I am able to spend my days passionately pursing a career I will always love. What a special year!
I felt especially grateful last night, as I sat at the LEAH Fellows table at the annual Deisher Dinner.
A few months ago, I applied for the UW Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellowship, an interdisciplinary training program that trains future leaders in adolescent health. The program brings together trainees and professionals in five disciplines: medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work.
LEAH is an amazing opportunity to gain experience working with adolescents in the clinical setting, and I was incredibly excited at the prospect of becoming a LEAH fellow. I applied, interviewed, and found out that I was not offered the fellowship. I was devastated, but decided that another opportunity would eventually help explain why LEAH was not the right fit.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I was notified that space opened up in the LEAH Fellowship and I was offered the opportunity. The news was completely unexpected and one of the highlights of my entire summer.
Throughout the next nine months, I’ll be shadowing and completing part of my dietetic internship rotations at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I will also participate in interdisciplinary collaboration during our weekly seminar series and case conference. Finally, I’ll complete a leadership project of my choosing that I will present in June. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I am so excited to narrow down my nutrition focus and take advantage of all that LEAH has to offer its fellows.
I should have more updates coming your way in the next few weeks (my summer is still crazy!), but I wanted to share this update as another small reminder that you never know when a door that was once closed, will reopen.
Have a great rest of the week!