It was a great decision but a tough one. It was only a year and a half since graduating with my Masters in Exercise Physiology and 3 years since graduating with my bachelors in Exercise Science (and a minor in psychology). I found myself with a new passion and stuck in my career path. Understanding that Florida requires registration and a license when prescribing nutrition information, I decided to do the right thing and go back to school (at the age of 25) to pursue my third degree.
Sometime near the end of 2007 I decided to go back to school to become a dietitian. Without fully understanding the necessary steps to receive those two letters behind my name, I started my journey on Jan 7th, 2008. This was my first official day of class a future RD.
Fourteen months later I was ready for step 2 in becoming a RD and had my life shattered when I wasn't accepted into my only two internship choices.
Only July 13, 2010, I started my first day of interning, which was my community nutrition rotation (8 weeks). Never did I realize that becoming a RD would require so much time and dedication.
On Sept 20, 2010, just 8 days after crossing my 4th IM finish line
http://trimarni.blogspot.com/2010/09/ironman-wisconsin.html, I started my next rotation, food service for 11 weeks.
On Dec 7th, 2010 I started my last rotation. Although a long one, my clinical rotation started with 5 weeks Long Term Care, followed by 9 exciting weeks of acute clinical nutrition.
It's hard to believe that this journey is nearing the end. As a start my 2nd week of Staff relief, it is hard to believe that I have been pursuing my RD credential for the past 1181 days. With only 3 more weeks and 12 more days of interning, words can't describe what I am feeling right now. I am overcome with emotions and I find myself smiling and tearful. It was my decision to go back to school but with the support of so many people, I was able to stay focused in reaching my dream.
Wanting the elusive "RD" behind my name started when I had the idea that I wanted to write a book a few years ago. Not wanting to publish nutrition information without the right credentials gave me reason to head down the dietetic track. It is unimaginable to describe what I have learned throughout the past 3 years and how determined I am to help change the lives of others.
"The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to you to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach your goal. Failure you may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will you know how close it lies unless you turn the corner."