Graduate degree(s): I have a master's degree in biomedical engineering as well as a master's degree in speech-language pathology.
Favorite class(es): Medical Nutrition Therapy
I started off as a chemical engineering and Spanish double major. Then, I eventually changed to nutrition and dietetics with a double major in Spanish, and a biomedical engineering minor. I had originally been pre-med but eventually decided that this was not the route I wanted to go, so I substituted my pre-med requirements with speech-language pathology prerequisites.
Moving from college to career:
After completing my two graduate degrees, I was left deciding what field I would ultimately enter. I experimented with them all until I found the right fit. I started out as a clinical engineer at Johnson & Johnson working with biomaterials and adhesives, but I decided that this was not right for me. Then I went to work at an outpatient orthopedic and rehabilitation clinic as a speech-language pathologist, but the pay was not what I had been accustomed to after my gig at Johnson & Johnson, so I left to try dietetics. I started my job at Emory University Hospital and picked up PRN work as a speech-language pathologist. Now I am able to have the pay that I desire while fulfilling my intellectual needs in a career.
I was inspired to become a dietitian after interning at an outpatient rehabilitation clinic in my hometown. I interned at the clinic everyday after school during my senior year, when I was deciding between becoming a physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, or a dietitian. I really connected with the dietitian and the work that he was doing, so I decided to pursue it at the undergraduate level. However, I was also interested in speech-language pathology, so I pursued a graduate degree in the field.