I’m Going Back to School

I’m a student again, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Here’s a little history about how I came to this decision.

When I graduated from high school, I thought I wanted to be a doctor. Biology was my favorite subject in school, I loved learning about how the human body works, and I wanted to help people, so being a doctor seemed like the perfect fit. I started college and packed my schedule full of courses like cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and microbiology. I also decided to get a minor in psychology, so I was taking courses like social psychology, statistics, and biopsychology. I also spent a couple hours a week volunteering in a hospital. All while working two jobs to pay my way through school….whew- I was a busy girl! It’s amazing how much you can get done when you just stay busy.

After my junior year, I completed an internship at a medical school, where I spent half the summer shadowing a pediatric oncologist/hematologist and the other half working in a lab. At the end of my internship, I presented a research project to the other students in the program as well as the faculty. When I left the internship and returned to school that fall for my senior year, I decided being a doctor wasn’t for me. I toyed with the idea of getting my PhD and becoming a researcher, but the thought of spending my days in a window-less lab did not appeal to me. So when I graduated from college, I didn’t know what the heck I was going to do with a degree in biology and a minor in psychology. Both of my college roommates were nursing majors and had jobs lined up at nearby hospitals, and I was searching frantically for a job.

Luckily, I ended up finding a job right out of college, working in a technical support role at a biotech company. It was a pretty boring job, but it introduced me to the corporate world and allowed me to save up enough money to buy my first home. At company meetings and events, I started talking to some of the sales and marketing people, and from my perspective, they had the “fun” jobs! They got to travel and represent the company at tradeshows, be out and about instead of chained to their chairs everyday, and interact with people. Long story short, this biology major ended up going after a job in sales and marketing. And that’s where I’ve been ever since!

Fast forward years later, and through a series of life events, I’ve found that my true passion is holistic wellness. If you watch my Youtube videos, you know that I try to limit my exposure to toxins in my beauty products. I’ve become much more aware of what I put on and in my body, and I have a strong desire to learn as much as I possibly can, for the sake of my own health, my family’s, and to teach others. I did a lot of research on different paths including becoming a registered dietician or a health coach with a program like IIN. After months of weighing the options and speaking to graduates of different programs, I decided on a program that is science-based, comprehensive, focuses on holistic nutrition, and because I still work full-time, offers home-study courses. I’m working on the Master Nutrition Therapy Program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute.


So far I’m loving the subject matter and I’m excited to see where this will take me. I don’t know what the future holds, but I knew I had to take a step in the direction I was feeling called to follow. I also think having a deeper knowledge of health and nutrition will add to my credibility on this blog and in my Youtube videos. And I’m not gonna lie…going to pick out new pens and notebooks was pretty darn fun!


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19 Responses to I’m Going Back to School

  1. Chris A says:

    WOW so exciting! Congratulations on this new journey. What fun to be learning again and of course cute school supplies 🙂

  2. Kristin says:

    I am a biology major now and have no idea what I’m going to do after! I thought about nutrition but a lot of masters programs require you to have an undergraduate degree in nutrition. If you don’t mind me asking which school is this? Is it completely online? Thanks and good luck!

    • My Green Gypsy says:

      I enrolled at the Nutrition Therapy Institute. You can take the program completely online, in the classroom (Denver, CO), or a combination of both. What are you leaning towards doing with your biology degree?

  3. Kristin says:

    Well at first I was thinking physician assistant but the more I talked to pa students and pa’s made me realize that’s not what I wanna do. Then I recently connected with a nutritionist that deals with holistic nutrition to help me with a thyroid problem and the more I see her the more it makes me want to go into that field but her schooling was not in my state and it can only be completed on campus, and I was looking for a online program if that was possible! Thanks for the info!

    • My Green Gypsy says:

      That’s awesome that you’re having such a good experience working with your nutritionist. Sounds like you want to help people just like I do. Good luck – let me know if I can answer other questions for you. 🙂

      • Kristin says:

        Thanks! Good luck too!!! Looking forward to more posts on your blog, especially about all the exciting things you learn at school!

  4. Natasha says:

    Good luck with new school!
    I am also back in the books again!My college of homeopathy began this month and I am so excited!After ten years of work at the university in the lab and then in the pharmacy with people I understood that people are usually in the circle with all those drugs that they are taking and sometimes it is much easier to help your body to find it’s own way to the health.
    So,we are almost on the same mission but from two different sides.
    Wish you all the best!

    • My Green Gypsy says:

      Natasha, I totally agree with helping your body find its own way to health! Where are you going to school for homeopathy?

      • Natasha says:

        I live in Belgrade(Serbia) and I attend school here,but it is a part of London International College of Homeopathy.And I can tell you that I am soooo happy that I’ve started that education,I hope that you are satisfied with your school,too.

  5. Congratulations on taking the reins and going back to school to study something you know will make you happy. I’m in a very similar position – I work a 9-5 for a health research funding agency and have realized that sitting in a cubicle is not for me. I’m planning on taking a program in Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition once I can stash some [more] money away 🙂

    • My Green Gypsy says:

      That’s awesome! I researched IIN extensively before making my decision, but decided I wanted to take a more scientific approach (that’s just the way I think, I guess!). I know many people who were really happy with the program, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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