In a week and a half, the summer will come to a bittersweet end. It seems like just yesterday that I was celebrating the end of spring quarter at Green Lake with my cohort, yet here I am three months later about to start Fall Quarter 2016. Fall Quarter is the last time I will ever be in classes! Just typing that out is a major shock to the system. I’ll be taking a total of 4 classes next quarter: Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition, Clinical Dietetics, Nutrition in Acute Care, and Nutrition Research and Design (thesis).
As a reminder, I will be completing various rotations as part of my dietetic internship from January – August of 2017. I’ll be doing 10 weeks of clinical, 3 weeks of ambulatory, 3 weeks of food service, 3 weeks of WIC, 3 weeks of advanced management, and 7-10 weeks of my concentration area (TBD). I plan to do a little recap of the two rotations I did over the summer (my community rotation and 40 hours of field work) in a few weeks, but I do want to state upfront that for privacy reasons and to comply with our student handbook, I won’t be able to provide a lot of details about any of my rotations.
This summer was absolutely insane, in all the best and worst ways possible. I overcommitted (like usual) and sacrificed many hours of sleep, evenings, and weekends to finish my responsibilities. I’ve had a few friends ask how I managed to get it all done while maintaining a semblance of a social life – the reality is that 1) coffee is my best friend and 2) I didn’t/don’t give myself any downtime. If I do slow down, it’s during times like this when I’m writing a blog post at midnight because my brain is too wired to let me relax, but too exhausted to get any real work done. Do I recommend this lifestyle? No! I faced a few days of serious burnout when I was so stressed out that I dreaded getting out of bed. But I have learned my lesson (kinda) and hope to be kinder to myself in the future, and to remember that I am human and need balance in order to feel my happiest.
Why am I telling you all this? Because my program director warned me to take the summer easy and like an idiot, I ignored her 🙂 Don’t follow in my footsteps! So what exactly did I do?
- Took a 6-week online Food Service Management course
- Worked ~30 hours/week as a Graduate Research Assistant (I also turned this into my community rotation – more to come on this!)
- Completed 40 hours of my field work
- Worked 5-10ish hours/week on my thesis: developing a codebook, coding stakeholder interviews, completing the analysis
- Taught spinning 2x/week
- Started my board position as the UW Student Representative for Greater Seattle Dietetics Association (GSDA)
- Worked on school assignments like my summer portfolio, community rotation deliverables, goals & objectives, etc.
- Started my LEAH Fellowship
- Climbed mountains (literally and figuratively 😉 )
So what comes next?
School starts next week, but I’ll be wrapping up my summer jobs/thesis work until September 30th. We have a lot of school-related events outside of the classroom next quarter, plus I’ll be doing extra work for LEAH, and I’ll also be working as a Graduate Research Assistant. All very good, exciting things, but I don’t anticipate having much of a ‘break’ until the end of the year. I promised myself (and my program director) that I would take a few weeks off in December in order to be mentally and physically prepared for my clinical rotation (starting in early January!)
What do you guys think – would a ‘day in the life of’ post be interesting/fun to read? Or TMI/a snooze fest? Also! Jess from Hello to Fit arrives in about a week. So at least I’ve got that going for me!
- Anyone else starting school soon (or has already started?!)
- Dietetic internships – who has tips?
- Best meal of the weekend?
- Day in the life of post – yay or nay?