Nope, not my brother, Nick, another Nick! Nick Myers, a Miami student.
As a Miami grad myself, I was pumped when I got an email from one of my nutrition professors whom I’ve kept in touch with. She had assigned her students to find a nutrition blog and do a review on the blog. Nick walked into class, pulled up LaughterandLemonade.com and began his review. The professor said, “hey, I know her! She was my student at Miami!”
And so the connection began.
There was a senior level course at Miami when I was there which I understand is still there. It’s where dietetic students volunteer with registered dietitians to gain experience in the profession. Sort of a “take all you’ve learned and apply it” moment combined with being exposed to what types of work are out there for RD’s.
Now, I understand Miami offers a lower level course that’s this same type of thing. It’s purely volunteer experience for set hours per week to let students gain experience in their aspiring fields. This is the course Nick is in!
Soooo for this spring semester, Nick will be working with me. He’ll be behind the scenes for the most part, helping me with health, nutrition, and food related research. Maybe he’ll even share a college student friendly recipe or two. We’ll just see what cool things we collaborate on! If you hear him, see his name mentioned, or even see a guest post or two from him over the semester, now you’ll know who he is.
Without further ado, it’s time to let Nick introduce himself:
My name is Nick Myers and I am a first year student at Miami University of Ohio. I am studying nutrition coupled with a pre-medicine co-major and plan to take on a career combatting childhood obesity through dietetics or pediatrics.
I have a strong interest in nutrition and childhood obesity for many reasons. I have always been interested in a career in the medical field and helping patients better themselves. In my sophomore year of high school, I was lucky enough to travel through a school run trip to Guatemala. During this trip, I worked with underprivileged, orphaned children running a bible camp. Through this trip, I connected with a boy with muscular dystrophy which narrowed my focus to helping kids. I had a great time on this trip and learned a lot about what I might like in a career. The next summer I went on a trip in which I was given the opportunity to shadow doctors, surgeons and different careers in the medical field. I got to see what my desired career looked like and I was very hopeful.
I gained a lot of perspective through my different trips and was excited for what lay ahead. With these experiences coupled with my own struggles losing the weight, I found that one thing lacking was nutrition. I could go and run and lose the weight but eating right requires help and knowledge. Understanding what food is healthy and how you can use different foods to optimize your performance is essential.
A little about me…
- Even as a college student studying nutrition, my favorite foods are pizza and spaghetti.
- I enjoy to bike whether mountain biking through the woods or road cycling I find it relaxing and fun.
- I have a chocolate lab who is basically like a brother to me.
- I love cars, watching football and working out.
- I like playing golf when I am playing well. I don’t like playing golf when I’m not.
- At school, I play basketball almost every day even though I’m quite bad.
- And lastly, I love to travel.
There you have it. Welcome, Nick! It’s great to have you. Readers, now you know who this fellow is if you hear him mentioned or guest posting. If you have any questions or general comments for Nick be sure and leave them in the comments section below!
I hope this is the first of many students or dietetic interns I get to work with!