Monday, June 13, 2011

Let's Start at the Very Beginning

I've been reading health, food, and fitness blogs for about three years now. It started as something I did to pass the time at my old full-time jobs when things were slow, and grew into a hobby that I quite enjoy!

I moved to Boston in August of 2007 after graduating from Hartwick College with a BA in Psychology. I had spent that summer furiously applying to and interviewing for jobs. Finally, I landed an admin job at a prominent Boston hospital.  I ended up staying there for three and a half years. I didn't mind my job. I worked for a great surgeon, had some nice coworkers, and was good at what I did. But I wasn't truly happy there. I felt like I was just passing time until I figured out what I really wanted.  I started to explore my passions and research graduate schools.

I have always had an interest in health, wellness, and nutrition.  I took an introductory nutrition course during my senior year at Hartwick that I really enjoyed.  I liked the idea of nutrition and dietetics, but the highly scientific aspect of the field didn't appeal to me. You see, I had always done well in my science classes, but they weren't my favorite, and I knew how hard I had to work at them in order to do well.

After months and months of hemming and hawing, I finally bit the bullet and applied to the Food & Nutrition Masters program at Framingham State University.  I was ecstatic when I received my acceptance letter--I was really doing this! I started my program part-time (finishing up prerequisites) while still working full-time.  When that became too much, I went down to working part-time.  It took me about a year and a half to finish up all of the prerequisites--Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry.

This past February I applied to and was accepted into one of 24 spots in a very competitive program called the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD).  The CPD combines the coursework and internship experience needed to become a registered dietitian.  I begin my CPD coursework this coming fall.

Which brings us to now.  I finished up my spring semester about a month ago, moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, Mike, and have been once again furiously applying to jobs for the summer.











Since I have some extra time on my hands until something comes through on the employment front, I thought, why not start a blog of my own?

I don't know the exact route that this blog will take, but I hope to include posts involving recipes, school, fitness, health, life, and more.

Check out my lunch today! I made a stir-fry with tofu, asparagus, carrots, and spinach with Ken's Asian and Sesame with Ginger & Soy dressing. Delish!





Thanks for reading!

Mariel

2 comments:

Laura said...

Gorgeous apartment! Looking forward to reading more of your entries :)

lbaron07 said...

Mar, this blog is going to be great! Before my work starts up, my goal is to cook up any heathy food ideas/recipes you may throw up on here!

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