Life has been real crazy over here lately! I’ve moved on from cardiology last week to neurology this week and time is flying by in this internship.
I apologize for such a long abscence. I’ve been swamped. Seriously, if I’m not at the hospital I’m probably sleeping or working on assignments. When I am at work, I don’t have much free time either. I’m lucky if I get to check my emails or texts at any point throughout the day, let alone catch up on blogging (or news in general).
Unfortunately, it’s going to be this way for a little while. I’m in a new rotation every week for the next nine months. That means I will have a new preceptor, new schedule, and new responsibilities and expectations. Every week.
As hard as it sometimes, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m learning so much and every day is different–it’s never boring.
Relaxing during any second of free time on the weekends has been critical for me.Naturally, that means I’ve had to sacrifice some of my hobbies and prioritize.
Most rotations require me to do additional case studies or reports during the week as well, which means I’m working on them at home after work. By the time the weekend rolls around I’m scrambling to do all my errands and cleaning for the week all while trying to catch up on sleep.
Did I mention the numerous presentations, homework assignments, and research project I have to do outside of work? This year is going to fly by at the blink of an eye!
The good news is that it’s temporary, and pretty soon all my hard work will pay off when I finally become a dietitian!
Those of you who are planning on applying to dietetic internships this year–I’m not trying to scare you. I’m trying to warn you that it will be a lot of work, but it will be worth every second of it. The point of the internship is to learn and be better clinicians. You will be able to apply the information you use in school and understand the importance of it.
The best advice I have for anyone starting an internship in the future: be flexible. You will work the same hours as your preceptor and therefore will never have the same schedule. Some days you work a normal 8 hours. Some days you will work 10+ hours and eat lunch at your desk (my first day in cardiology).
As Estee Lauder once said, “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
It will all be worth it!
P.S. In the meantime, tell me what you want! Don’t hesitate to comment and tell me what you want to read more about. If you’re curious about my specific rotations or day-to-day activities let me know! If you have no idea what a dietitian does in the hospital (like my mom) and you’re curious about it, speak up! I want to make the most out of my posts and give you all the nitty gritty details.