Throughout my dietetic internship with Sodexo, I have had many positive experiences and interactions. I think that the most encouraging thing that I have gained through many of my experiences has been the confirmation that people are genuinely interested in nutrition and influenced by what you have to say as a dietetic intern. I know going into my rotations I was skeptical about whether or not patients would really appreciate what I had to say, or whether those who I gave presentations to would actually take my considerations to heart, but I was pleasantly surprised at the warm feedback I have received.
One of the most rewarding examples that I have had has got to be by far when I gave my children’s community presentation. I did my presentation back home at my local elementary school. I also used to substitute teach there for a couple years, so I was very familiar with many of the students and teachers, which made it easy to organize and a lot less intimidating. I gave the presentation assembly-style to about 200 students grades K-5th about water and staying hydrated during the summer. It was such a fun time being able to talk to the kids and get them engaged in the conversation through a fun little activity and answering some of the great questions they came up with. I had teachers texting me and coming up to me for days after I had given the presentation telling me how informative the presentation was and that they even learned a lot. Parents would also come up and tell me that their kids were carrying their water bottles with them everywhere now or informing their parents they had to drink more water. As I continue through my internship, I hope to gain more positive experiences like this one and express my passion for nutrition and assisting in furthering others understanding in how it can impact their health.