So much to say, so little time! I just completed my first week of dietetics classes. My career exploration over the past 6 months (and really over the past year, if you count the PA school detour) led to this point. I’m about as sure as I can be that this is a good decision, maybe 98% certain (and yes, that 2% unsure is really scary for me!).
Anyhow, I am enrolled part-time at Fontbonne University. Over the next three years, I will be completing the junior- and senior-level dietetics coursework (9-11 hours/semester), followed by a year-long internship (unpaid and you pay for the privilege) before I can sit for the R.D. exam.
I plan to continue working part-time, so classes plus paid work will be a full-time job. My current coursework is pretty basic, which is okay, because getting back into the swing of being a student, and balancing work, school, and home, will be enough of a mental challenge for now.
On the physical side of things, I am on campus three days a week, and I plan to bike for as many of those trips as possible. The 15-mile round-trip bike ride is much more than I’ve been doing recently, since most of my weekly “errand” rides are within a two- to three-mile radius of our home. Fortunately, the weather gods have been smiling on St. Louis, which has made the bike commuting quite pleasant, if not entirely easy (so far, the trip home always seems easier than the trip there).
In case the additional 45 miles of biking a week weren’t enough, Matthew and I just started another aerial silks class. It took us awhile to find something that worked with our schedules, but after a 5+ month hiatus following the Intro Silks class, we began Silks 1 last week. I was pretty nervous going into it, but Intro Silks, plus some open gym sessions, evidently drilled things into our brains and muscles fairly well.
Our first Silks 1 class also marked the first time we traveled to Bumbershoot by bike. Despite being a perfectly bikeable [just a hair over] four miles away, the timing and weather conditions during the winter session consigned us to car trips (or walking plus bus for me, a couple of times). So in addition to the extra biking to school, I’ll be getting an additional 8.5 miles on the bike with this.
This sudden increase in activities will leave me less time for writing, but I am using Twitter and Instagram more (yes, I may be a bit addicted to my four-month-old smart phone), so follow me there if you haven’t already!