On May 22nd, 2010 I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. On May 21st, 2014 I graduated from Mount Mary University with a second bachelor’s degree in Dietetics. These two graduations were separated by 4 years, almost to the day. If you told me on that day in 2010 that in 4 years I would be graduating with a degree in dietetics, I would have probably laughed in your face.
I’ll never forget the day that one of my best friends, Erica, and I were sitting in a nutrition class at St. Thomas. Erica and I played softball together at UST for 4 seasons (Go Tommies!). Erica was an English major and I, a business major. Erica and I were discussing our true dreams and passions. Erica wanted to be a mountain guider. I wanted to be a dietitian. Our chosen majors at UST were far from leading us down our desired career paths. We both joked about someday down the road we would pursue these dreams. Shortly after that day, when taking the final exam for that nutrition class I thought to myself “I will never take another undergraduate exam, EVER!”
Well, never say never.
Believe it or not, I wanted to be a dietitian in high school. Admittedly, I chose UST to play sports–and because it was a good school–but mainly because of softball. UST also has a reputable business school. After all, the “family thing to do” would be to study business, so I chose a business major by default and never really looked back. Until…about junior year. I was excelling in business school, but was finding that it wasn’t holding my interest. My interest started to focus on food, sports nutrition, nutrition for overall health, and nutrition for oncology patients–my true passion. It was then that my husband, then boyfriend, told me that I should become a dietitian. My answer: “It’s too late for that.” And he simply replied telling me it wasn’t too late.
I was always told, and therefore convinced, that I was never good at math and science. So, how could someone who is not good at these subjects excel in a clinical health setting? That’s what I kept telling myself. I wasn’t smart enough. It was too late. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
After graduating from UST and actually turning down an amazing position with a financial company (yes, in 2010 when the economy was down in the dumps), I continued to search for what I should be doing with my life. I pursued graduate school in finance because I had a scholarship to do so. I was all set to register for classes when my husband said to me, “I will support you in whatever you decide to do, but are you sure finance is what you want to do?” It was then that I finally realized he was right. I was not made for business, or even finance for that matter. My passion was nutrition.
I searched for schools and programs with dietetics degrees. I found one right in Milwaukee. I started researching the classes I would take and was so excited. I had never been so excited looking at classes. I started realizing that this was the time to pursue my dream, my passion. True, I was not excited to embark on another few years for a second bachelor’s degree. I was not excited about the financial hit I would take to go back to school. More loans? YIKES. But I knew there was no better time to go back to school, especially when my husband was going to be in school too.
So. I did it. I became a college student again. Let’s be real. College the second time isn’t as fun. I wasn’t playing softball. I wasn’t visiting with my friends in our college apartment at all hours of the day. I was working and going to school. Together with my husband in pharmacy school, we were tallying up student loans like you wouldn’t believe. But…
It was worth it. Today, I can officially tell you that my dreams are coming true. Today, I can officially tell you that I was offered and have accepted a position in my chosen career path and true passion. Today, I am officially a clinical oncology dietitian.
What about Erica? Erica decided to go back to school and follow her passion. A few weeks ago, Erica graduated too…again. I can officially say that one of my best friends is a mountain guider.
What is my point of all this? Follow your dreams. If you have a passion, pursue it. There is no better time than now. Sure, we (my husband and I) have had to give up a lot for me to go back to school. We live in a tiny apartment, have a relatively tight budget, and have student loans up the wahzoo! Worth it. I can truly tell you that I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be and I wouldn’t change anything about the course of how I got here.
With that being said, it only feels right to end this post with a glorious peanut butter recipe. Of course, this recipe wouldn’t be possible without Erica’s gift of an ice cream maker!
I leave you with this:
“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become must truly alive.” –Oprah
What makes you come alive?
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
By May 27, 2014Published:
- Yield: 1 1/2 quarts (12 Servings)
This homemade ice cream is so creamy and delicious. The calories are worth it! Recipe from: She Wears Many Hats
- 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- In your stand mixer, or using a hand blender, mix the peanut butter and brown sugar until smooth.
- Being careful for splatter, add the milk, cream, vanilla, and salt. Mix on a low speed until well combined and the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions. The ice cream will be nice and thick when done.
- You may serve immediately, but I recommend freezing the ice cream several hours for the best consistency.
- Top with hot fudge and/or butterfinger pieces. Enjoy!
- Course: Dessert
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