When I grow up…

… I want to be a ____________.

That’s the question that at 35 I’ve only just begun to attempt to figure out.

I finally decided to go to college and at the very least begin getting core classes out of the way while I really made up my mind. I narrowed it down to nursing or nutrition and began school with the expectation of eventually becoming a nurse. I just completed my first semester taking math and English, and I got a 3.5 GPA!

I continued to research my plans throughout this past semester, plot out my courses, and figure out what path I would take. I discovered that as much as some aspects of nursing are interesting to me, some aspects of it are not at all what I want to do day in and day out. Having a family that has been in various aspects of the medical field, I know how it’s one of those jobs that requires a special person with drive and dedication regardless of what is thrown at them. While I may have been 99% dedicated, I knew that the little 1% of uncertainty would have an impact eventually. So I went back to what I had wanted to do from the start – nutrition.

My intention is to do my associate’s degree in such a way that I can go on to obtain my bachelor’s in nutrition and become a registered dietician if I so choose. Currently, my goal is to complete my associate’s degree with some extra courses so I can become a “Dietetic Technician, Registered”. At that point, I can either look for a job in the medical industry or do something home-based. The latter is what I really want to do.

So, while I am in school I am going to slowly work on what my goals will be as I’m sure my education will play a huge role in how I approach nutrition going forward. A number of people who know me well can tell you about my tendency to plan, make lists, and really nail down particulars in an almost scary manner. I really do like lists and planning, so it seems almost natural to me to help others. This is going to be a multi-year process, with graduation being in fall of 2020 or spring of 2021, so I’ll have lots of time to plan!