— pay tribute to the things that have made you who you are today —💜⠀
This past Friday I had the privilege of speaking at @ohio.university’s Experimental Foods class which consisted of many future dietitians + DTRs 💕. It was a class I too took in undergrad that involved a lot of creative thinking, food science, trial and error. While advising them on their food science projects, I explained how I became a culinary RD for @krogerco. It was a very humbling feeling as I shared how gaining experience while in college contributed to my overall success and career growth. I encouraged each of them to do the same even in the slightest way, to position themselves to get the job they truly aspire to have. If retail dietetics is the area they want to focus on, start bagging groceries. Learn how the store operates, customer service principals, and what the retailer truly stands for. If culinary or recipe development is of interest, get your foot in the door at a credible restaurant where you can learn the basics of cooking and plating from line cooks and chefs. Immerse yourself to build your knowledge. ⠀
What I’ve found is that experience is the most valuable trait you can possess that ultimately will contribute to your future. Get out in the field, do the work, and find passion in the knowledge you gain. If you have a love for what you do, you will continue to thrive throughout your career, no matter how hard the work is to get there. Always appreciate the journey and reflect on the grind. ⠀
I’m so grateful for the nutrition staff at Ohio University. Through what and how they taught me, they sparked joy in my heart for food. Food is beautiful, essential, and wildly complex. Understanding it’s true core is something I will continue to learn the rest of my life. Learning never stops, especially in the world of food. I’m so honored my nutrition education began here in Athens, OH.