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BLOG: New Year

Author: Meredith Karabinos
Published: Friday, January 12 2012

New Year’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Something about the ball dropping gets me so excited about the year to come. We all get an opportunity to look back and reflect on all the good times and blessings of the previous year, and also look forward to the year to come.

As you know, we are dietetics interns who have entered what can be one of the most difficult yet exciting ten month periods of our lives. We are currently halfway through and it has been an exhilarating first half so far. It all seems like a blur already, but as I reflect back on the last 5 months, I think about how fortunate I am to have been a part of this internship and how much I have to look forward to in the final five months. To sum up my reflections and experiences thus far, I have come up with some tips, not only for future dietetic interns to come, but for us all to apply in some part of our lives to help us begin 2012 with a bang!

“Take Nothing for Granted”
We do not know everything, but we do know a lot and hope to become experts one day in the field of food and nutrition. We learn something new every day about the latest fad diet or health benefit from eating such and such. This information seems second nature to us, but it is not for most people. This knowledge we consider basic is valuable to someone we interact with during a rotation and should not be taken for granted. I begin each day with a firm belief that I have one chance to make a difference today and I should not take even a minute for granted.

“Dress to Impress”
One of the many great rewards about this internship is the connections and people we meet along the 10 month journey. Changing rotations every two weeks allows us to meet new people all of the time and to have to experience many first impressions. You never know when you might run into a future employer or possible job connection in the future. Always dress to impress, but be comfortable. You never know when one day you’ll run into your future employer or even a favorite sports figure.

“Succeed Socially”
This internship is the next step to moving from a student to a full-time working adult. Our college years brought so much free time to hang out with friends and participate in extracurricular activities that a full-time job will not. One of my personal New Year’s resolutions is to make more time this semester to put down the textbook (when I can), step away from my computer, and enjoy a drink, a dinner, or a fun activity with a friend. Fun and laughter is strong medicine for our minds and our bodies.

2012 Dietetic Intern New Years Cartoon
Every year, the interns nominate a preceptor to get the Preceptor of the Year Award at Graduation.

"A New Pair of Kicks”
Our job as a dietetic intern is far from the typical “desk job.” We are constantly running to and from patient’s hospital rooms during clinical rotations and hustling around all parts of the kitchen in food service rotations. Our job entails much walking, and my feet have suffered. My first tip is to invest in a good pair of shoes if your job requires a lot of walking. Say goodbye to blisters, aches, and pains from unfitted, uncomfortable shoes. And if your job does not require much walking, look into buying a new pair of tennis shoes and take a quick walk around the building at lunch or with a family or a friend on the weekend. Exercise in 10 minute increments has many benefits like boosting energy, improving mood, controlling weight, and overall making you feel better.

2012 Dietetic Intern New Years Cartoon
Every year, the interns nominate a preceptor to get the Preceptor of the Year Award at Graduation.

“Relax, Enjoy Life More”
This internship is probably one of the most demanding experiences most of us have ever had. Ten hour, non-stop week days are a challenge to say the least. But if I could only give one piece of advice, it would be to enjoy every minute of it. This experience is tough, frustrating, and a pain in the neck some of the time, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and experience so much in the next 10 months (well 5 months now!!).

2012 Dietetic Intern New Years Cartoon
Every year, the interns nominate a preceptor to get the Preceptor of the Year Award at Graduation.
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