I was such a _____________ in college. Too fat to fit in the seats and yet to ashamed to do anything about it. Such a cycle that was, semester after semester. Add in some surgery and my GPA is a disaster from CU Boulder. Sad thing is, when I went to class, all A's and B's. The F's show up when I stopped caring. Fastest way ever to tank your GPA.
When my husband and I decided that I would go back to school I never dreamed it would take me this long. Science in college would have been helpful, but that's life. Getting laid off a couple of weeks earlier would have helped moved this along by a whole year, but what can you do. Life happens at its own pace, even if it is that of a snail.
I was never a math and science kind of girl. I know that now, now, I can do it. I can even hold my own with the over achievers of the world as evidence by the fact that I've taken almost all of these science classes at the Harvard Extension School. Since it's still Harvard and they have a name and reputation to protect these classes are not your regular continuing ed types. Alas Harvard doesn't do nutrition, at least not at the Ext.
Enter UNH. Turns out that I don't actually have to get the masters right now to be an RD. You can get an accredited university to sign off on your course work, do the internship, take the exam and get credentialed. I can do this at UNH and I am super excited that I am finally at the point where I can take actual nutrition related classes! I have 16 left and can do this in two years taking course credit load and financial limitations into consideration. I am excited to have a plan in place (that doesn't involve rejection) and to be moving forward.
So this semester is my last class at the Harvard Extension School-- Biochem. Trying again, I dropped it last fall after an unfortunate flu shot reaction and nasty fall cold that cut into a lecture before the first exam in week three. I'm actually glad I dropped it as I'll get a ton more out of this class now that I have taken Organic Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology. For the nutrition classes I'll be commuting to UNH three times a week and they include, Clinical Perspectives in Nutrition (Here's what you can do with this degree type of thing), US Healthcare System and Nutrition Education & Counseling.
Someday I'll have a shingle with my name on it. This process, like the process of losing weight, while long and drawn out can only have goodness at the end. I know it's cliche, but anything worth having is worth working for. And for me, the journey is just as important as the destination.
But that's another post.