The Nester!

The urge to “nest” has taken over!  I know this word choice is typically associated with pregnancy, but it resonates with my current state of mind now that my summer is coming to an end.  I’m one week out from the start of my dietetic internship and I have the urge to get organized.  This urge to establish order is surfacing out of anxiety!

My anxiety mostly pertains to maintaining the life that I’ve become accustomed to now that I’ve been out of school for roughy 8 months.  Up until now, I’ve pretty much just doing my own thing.   I’ve just been working here and there and moving to the beat of my own drum.  I’m excited and ready to start this new chapter in my life, but worry about time to cook, getting enough sleep, and my professional wardrobe once things get rollin’.  Notice, nothing about rotations, graduate school or homework is phasing me right now.  Although I’m sure that waves of emotions pertaining to those internship elements are on the horizon.  I suppose I’m concerned about throwing things in the mix that I have not had to juggle in a while?

So, what have I been doing to prepare?  Pinterest!

But, seriously though…yes Pinterest!

Its not the authority on everything, but its good for inspiration.  And that’s what I needed!  I took to Pinterest because I set goals for myself going into my internship with the hope of having a better work-life balance.  Specifically,  I would like to start laying out and accessorizing my clothing the night before or days in advance and I would like to meal plan and batch cook so that I can have a tasty lunch to-go!

Lately,  I’ve been in full swing, finding my style, scouring though my closet with Pinterest at hand.  I discovered I have things that are appropriate to wear in a business casual to business professional environment.  I also added a few pieces to bridge the gaps in my wardrobe.

For lunch preparation I’ve been doing the same.  Checking out recipes that can keep in the refrigerator or freezer for a while.  I bought some new food containers with compartments with the hope of helping with portion control and lightening my load.  I’m fairly satisfied with my choice, but why is it so hard to find the right food container/lunch bag combination?  They never fit together properly!  Is it just me?

Despite (these oh so minor) worries,  I’m really excited to get started!  T-minus 1 week folks! Errr, 5 days?!  This sat around as a draft way too long!  LEH-GO! 😛


Are you antsy about anything related to your dietetic internship or school semester as our summers come to a close? 



On The Reel: Choosing a Dietetic Internship


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On the Reel is back!  I wasn’t feeling the draft I had in the works for this series, so I had to re-evaluate what I wanted to discuss in this installment.  In lieu of the promised post on volunteering, I want to dive right into the meat of the matter, the Dietetic Internship and the selection criteria that you will want to consider.

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What Have You Done For Me Lately?

This title probably generated a side-eye, 🙄 but relax this is a scolding pointed at me!  If the department secretary in charge of wrangling us 34 interns were to be more frank in her communication with us, I’m sure she’d use that exact phrase.

And probably this look?!  Ha ha!  Just kidding, but Janet does it better than that silly smiley face…



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I’m Featured On Dietitian Ambition!

I’m Featured On Dietitian Ambition

Yesterday, Jasmin the fabulous blogger behind Dietitian Ambition featured my work experience in school food service on her blog.  Jasmin is a 2014-2015 dietetic intern at The Ohio State University.  Jasmin and I have similar goals for our blogs in that we want to help dietetics students excel in the field.  Both of us are starting dietetic internships in roughly a month and we want to share how we got to this point and how to be a on top of things as a dietetic intern.

She started a new feature on her blog to help dietetic students gain insight into the various specialties within the field of dietetics. Please go to her site to learn more and show some love by sharing her post on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you, Shannon ❤

Proud to BE a Billiken!

So as you can tell, the Daily Prompts have appealed to me lately.  I’m having fun with these and building a blogging habit along the way.  Just assume that its another item on my growing Internship Prep List.

I’m calling it internship prep because I plan on blogging my way through my dietetic internship.  My plan with this blog is to provide weekly recaps of my internship rotations and other food and nutrition related things.  So at this point I’m just building my blogging “muscle”.  Similar to exercise I’m trying to make writing an exercise that is performed without effort.  At the very least I want blogging to feel automatic.  I want to feel like if I’m not posting to this blog, I’m missing something.   I don’t want to leave myself or you my readers hanging!

When I saw today’s Daily Prompt, I said to myself, “I got this!”  Today’s Daily Prompt is all about the right to brag.  It asked bloggers to write about, “… something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.”

I am unabashedly proud that I matched to a dietetic internship!   I’m also proud to complete my dietetic internship at Saint Louis University!  And here’s why.

Why I’m Proud to Be a Billiken

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Photo:  St. Louis University via Flickr Creative Commons

1. “I’m from the Lou and I’m Proud!”  This is a popular motto sounded off by St. Louis natives.  Given my pen name on this blog, I’m one of the hometown girls reppin’ the Lou in my dietetic internship.  My friend Cynthia is another SLU dietetic intern and St. Louis native!

2.  I’m following in my former academic advisor’s footsteps.  I truly admire my advisor at Fontbonne University.  She completed her graduate studies at St. Louis University where she earned her PhD and completed her dietetic internship.

3.  The dietetic internship at SLU is unique!  The St. Louis University DI offers the following:  34 intern spots, 150 + placement sites, 5 concentrations, MS degree, practices sustainability, service, and has an  excellent staff of registered dietitians.  Also, all of this goes on in a matter of a year!

4.  Less than 50% of dietetic internship applicants receive a match to a DI.  Being chosen to be a Billiken is a great distinction.  I was chosen to be one of 34 in their dietetic internship and one of 6 chosen for the Public Heath concentration.

5. I know I will be supported through this process.  My advisor’s wealth of knowledge and devotion to the field of dietetics is proof.  I know that I am in good hands because my advisor’s dietetic internship director is now my dietetic internship director.  Yep, amazing…right?!

What have you done recently that has made you really, unabashedly proud?