Last Semester of Pre-Requisites (And Then…)

onlineedEven though I just celebrated my 28th birthday last month, this past Wednesday I joined the mass of students heading back to school.

This term, I’m taking three classes, but only one of them is actually on a college campus. As I mentioned earlier this summer, I have decided to switch from getting a second bachelors degree in Nursing to getting a Masters degree in Nutrition. It meets more of my long-term goals and my own personal interests. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to become an RN and it’s a perfectly wonderful path for many people, I just decided that it didn’t suit my personality or goals. That being said, thankfully all of my classes that I have thus far taken are still required to become an RD, which means I have not wasted my time in the classroom (whew). But it does mean that I have a few more classes that I otherwise would not need if I had stuck to the RN route.

Over the summer, I “started” an online class in Introductory Biochemistry through UC Berkeley. I use the quotation marks because I honestly didn’t put much effort into the class until the end of August, despite enrolling in mid-July. Summer was just a bit busier than I planned, and my five week intensive re-take of Anatomy & Physiology thoroughly burned me out on school. I needed a vacation. In addition to Biochemistry, I’m taking one online course in Nutrition through my local community college, plus an in-person class on campus in Organic Chemistry. It’s the non-major Organic Chemistry so it’s not as hard as it could be, but it’s not like you can sleepwalk through it either.

My first day on campus was last week and it looks like it will be a pretty good term. I like my professor, although he has a tendency to talk about how much harder regular Organic Chem is (or how easy our class is) and he emphasizes at least twice per class how he is an Inorganic Chemist. Which is really confusing considering we’re in an Organic Chem class, but whatever. He’s nice enough and so far I’ve been doing well with our in-class work on nomenclature (the naming of molecules). In fact, it’s much easier and more straightforward than Inorganic ever was.

Nutrition has barely started, so I don’t have much to say just yet. The syllabus makes it seem pretty easy, but considering it’s an online course, I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch. Biochemistry, for instance, has been pretty difficult for me so far and I think that I do better with an in-class environment. I like the engagement and dialogue with a teacher and I think that teaching yourself a science is one of the most difficult things you can do, because it can be difficult to get a straight answer when you’re relying on Professor Google to clarify the topic. Unfortunately, my school doesn’t offer Biochemistry so taking it remotely through UC Berkeley’s Online Extension program was my only option.

Coming up on my Journey to CDE is taking the GRE. My test is next Monday and I’m procrastinating on studying by writing this blog post. Not that I haven’t been studying. I have taken several practice tests, and have consistently improved every time I’ve taken it. I also have a Kaplan study guide that my friend gave me since she didn’t need it. I have already finished the Verbal section and now I’m doing the practice section of the Math problems. Blech.

My goal is to have my whole application for Columbia University finished at the beginning of November. They have rolling admissions for the Nutrition program, so I don’t have a hard and fast deadline like most places, but I would still like to get it done as soon as possible. It would be really nice to know if I got in before the holidays. Getting into Columbia’s Nutrition program would be the best Christmas present ever!

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2 Responses to Last Semester of Pre-Requisites (And Then…)

  1. Laddie says:

    I hope that everything falls into place for you. We could definitely use more nutritionists who are Type 1 because I believe that most “diabetic” diets don’t do a good job of addressing the difficulty of managing blood sugar while eating a lot of carbs. Your passion and great communication skills will make you a great nutritionist/CDE:)

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