Acceptance Into Graduate School

getPartI found out a few weeks ago I was accepted into the University of Bridgeport, Masters in Human Nutrition (online) program. I will start classes at the end of April 2016 and nothing (professionally speaking) has ever felt more right. I know some might think I am crazy to return to school and they might be right, but I know in my heart this is the right path for me.

Why do I want to go back to school?
In the past couple of years, I have had a strong desire to pursue a masters degree, but I just could not decide on the specific degree that felt right. I considered a Masters in Nursing so I could become a Nurse Practitioner. I meditated on it a lot and realized nursing does not bring me pleasure, nor am I not passionate about it. That does not mean I think it is a bad career,bad, it just simply means it’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life. It is also why I work in research now and not in a hospital. The message that kept coming up for me was to follow your passion in nutrition. Do what you love and love what you do.

How will I balance work, school, a baby and life?
I expect this to be a little challenging at times, but when you really want something in life, then you will make sacrifices and do whatever it takes. This may mean I will not watch television for the next three years. Or that I will get up early everyday to study and every hour of my day will probably be scheduled leaving very little free time. However, when we are on the right path and following our passions, then we do not mind giving up the small things so we can chase our dreams. I am okay with all these sacrifices because it is all worth it to me.

Why did I choose to Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport?
I chose the Human Nutrition Program because it has an integrative and holistic perspective interwoven into learning how to assess and counsel a client. The program’s courses are built on the foundation in human physiology, biochemistry, biochemical individuality, human development, functional assessment and nutritional therapeutics. This aligns with my health beliefs and the way I want to practice in the future.

What do I plan to do after graduation?
My dream is to work as a Clinical Nutritionist (CN) and open a private nutritional counseling practice using functional medicine concepts to help others achieve their optimal health and prevent chronic diseases. The counseling will help clients uncover the root cause of their symptoms and develop a health plan to help balance their body. My specialties will be in food allergies and intolerances, autoimmunity, gastrointestinal disorders (like irritable bowel) and disordered eating. My dream is to work with clients remotely, as well as hopefully have a facility where I can see patients, facilitate cooking and nutrition classes and teach yoga. A girl can dream, right?

I see this as something I will love doing and want to do forever. I often hear people talk about how they cannot wait to retire so they can finally start living the life they have always wanted to live. I do not ever want to be that person. I want to do work that I love and am passionate about so I never want to retire.

How does this fit into my 2016 goals and desired feelings?

This new journey completely aligns with my core desired feelings of love, joy, centered and femininity. I am following my passion (love), which makes me just want to scream for joy. I meditated on this decision a lot and everytime my message was to follow my passion. I believe when we are on the right path and doing what we love, then we naturally will be centered. Lastly, femininity, this makes me feel good and when we feel good, then we look good.

Now, go follow your passions and dreams!