good morning everyone!
i hope you all had a great day yesterday – i certainly enjoyed my day off and am well rested and ready to take on the (short) week.
and that’s a very good thing because today is a big day….
i’m going back to school!
but wait, you thought i was already in school???
well, yes. i am still in my program to get my ph.d. in nutritional sciences. i’ll graduate sometime this year, in august or in december.
but i’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what i want to do after i graduate, and honestly, the possibilities don’t excited me much. originally, i entered my ph.d. program with the intention of completing the dietetic course requirements during my ph.d. work and then getting a dietetic internship after my phd to eventually get my r.d.
well, that didn’t end up happening. my advisor wasn’t ok with me taking extra courses (i needed 26 credits to complete the dietetic work – so that’s kind of a lot) and i am not in a position to be a student for another 1.5 years after my phd + a nearly year-long internship before i get a “real” job.
so, i started seeking out other options with a couple things in mind:
- i want to get a job after i finish my ph.d. i don’t want to have to do another year or more of school before i start working
- i want to work with people – sitting in an office or in a lab all day is not my cup of tea
- i definitely want to keep a nutrition focus. there’s a reason i chose to get my ph.d. in nutritional sciences – i love learning, talking, and teaching about nutrition.
- i still want to use my ph.d.
the iin curriculum includes health coaching, nutrition education, and business management. at the end of the program, i will be a certified health coach and have accreditation from the american association of drugless practitioners. most importantly, through this training i will be certified to work with individuals and give them coaching advice to help them live a healthy lifestyle.
iin is a distance-learning program and each time a new module (class or lesson) is released, it will be loaded onto my iin ipad that i received as part of my materials for the program.
it’s nearly a year-long program with 40 modules along with assignments, discussions, and tests along the way.
today our first module is being released! so i guess, technically, it’s my first day of school.
this means i am going to be busier than ever, but i am very excited about it!
what does this mean for sarah learns?
nothing is going to change on my blog other than i might mention how it’s going or tell you about anything really cool that i learn.