I’ve recently realized that life always has a funny way of completely throwing my plans out the window. For someone who has always been an obsessive, perfectionist planner, this is both frustrating and eye-opening.
I didn’t plan on staying in Louisiana for college, but I did. I didn’t end up at my #1 college. I didn’t plan to run a blog & business at 20. I didn’t move somewhere new every summer for an internship. Moving into my last two apartments was a total delayed nightmare.
I also didn’t plan on taking chemistry in college (I thought I was done! ah!), but here I am, a junior who was supposed to graduate early this December, taking chemistry. And biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and many other science classes I’ve only had nightmares about.
Why? Well, there was another change of plans. I’m going to become a registered dietitian. Yes, I’m officially an RD-to-be!
I was never the kid who knew exactly what she wanted to do when she grew up. I had so many hobbies and passions that I couldn’t pick one. My friends who always wanted to be doctors are studying pre-med now. I was never like that.
I jumped around from a veterinarian to a SeaWorld dolphin trainer to a psychologist to the next Erin Andrews on ESPN… you get the point. When I started the college application process, I decided on mass communication because 1. I liked talking, 2. it was easy, 3. every company needs a PR professional.
There was always a part of me that wanted to become a dietitian. I grew up with a love of healthy food that really amplified during my senior year of high school and made me fall in love with the power of nutrition. Yes, my relationship with food has at times been negative, but at the heart of it, I truly love empowering people to live healthy lifestyles.
But I doubted myself. For the ambitious go-getter that I am, this was probably one of the only times in my life that I doubted my ability to achieve a goal. I told myself, there’s no way you can get through all of those dietetics science classes! You’ll fail!
That’s not true at all. I can do it, and I will. I AM!