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Dietetic Internship and Masters of Public Health: Check

Hi everyone! I write to you today as a new woman.

Last week was a doozy. On Friday, I presented my thesis and graduated with my Master’s in Public Health.


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Time to celebrate. I’ve completely finished my Dietetic Internship (9 months of working in a public health department/hospital/corporate wellness at Nike), received my Verification Statement, graduated with a Master’s, and can sit for the RD (Registered Dietitian) exam, though I’ll take some time to study after the holiday craziness is over. Grad school – I loved you and all, but I am so relieved to finally be a normal human being again. So long, academia.

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What a ride it’s been – 28 long and challenging, sleep-deprived months through UNC’s Coordinated Program. My cohort is pretty much amazing and full of all-stars. I can’t wait to see where each person ends up and how he/she changes the world in nutrition and public health. Thank you for the memories, UNC! I also can’t thank my family and husband enough for all of their support and understanding. And all of you who have reached out with comments, texts, messages, calls, etc. – THANK YOU, you have no idea how much I appreciate that!

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And, you just can’t leave Chapel Hill without a stop at Merritt’s for their famous BLT’s. Seriously, these sandwiches are legit! 



After traveling back and unpacking, the rest of the weekend was quite relaxing. The weather was gorgeous here – 75 degrees in December! I took advantage with some long runs.  We also cleaned out the garage, slept in, addressed sooo many Christmas cards, and cooked some yummies.

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On Sunday, I made this quinoa brittle, which turned out fantastic. I subbed peanuts for the pecans since I’m allergic. I think this would be a great addition to any holiday party or a homemade gift idea! 


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and for those of you in finals, good luck! You are almost there!


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  1. I obviously found this post way late, but belated congrats! I’m starting the UNC MPH/RD program this fall 😀

  2. That is so fabulous! Congratulations!! What a way to end a year!! And lucky you with the beautiful weather and those gorgeous trails!!

  3. SO MANY congratulations. Enjoy your success and your break! And I love quinoa brittle. I’ve had it a few times and really liked it!

  4. New to your blog…but what a post to visit your site! Congrats on your graduation! You quinoa brittle look yummy. Did you see the recipe for quinoa chicken soup in Runner’s World? It look delicious too. I’m going to try that too.

    1. Thank you Rebecca! I had not seen that recipe but just looked it up. My husband is starting to come down with a cold, so think we may be making this soon. Love seeing new uses for quinoa 🙂

  5. Congrats on graduating, this must be so exciting for you! That BLT is looking absolutely delicious, I need it!! And that quinoa bark you made looks unread, I never thought of doing anything like that!

  6. Oh gosh what a week! Congratulations not only for your accomplishments of last week but for your accomplishments of the last 28 months! Well done you!
    I hope you get in some time now to put your feet up, relax and enjoy the holidays before you have to tackle your studies again.

    Btw this sandwich looks to die for!

  7. Huge HUGE congratulations to you!! This is no small feat and truly an amazing accomplishment. I’ve seen family and friends delve years of their lives into their thesis so I know how much time and work it takes. I hope you only continue to treat yourself this week as you can now enjoy more of the things you love. Have a wonderful week!

  8. That is wonderful Sarah all of your hard work has paid off! I can not imagine all the long hours you had to put in! Now you can sit back and enjoy the holidays. Then you can focus on sitting for your exam in 2016! So glad to have you join us again for the Weekly Wrap! Have an awesome week!!!

  9. How exciting – congratulations!!!! I recently finished studies at Georgetown for Health Coaching. Loved it but happy to be done with all the work. Excited to see where you go from here! And that BLT – OMG I almost faceplanted into the screen 🙂

  10. Congratulations Sarah! Now you can enjoy the holidays, then knock that exam out of the way! Merry Christmas and the Best in 2016!

  11. I am so excited for you! I know you must feel so proud- as you should! You’ve done the hard part- the exam will be a breeze. I am so glad you started this blog for me to follow along, as I am about year and half behind you. I’m looking forward to getting together- I’m wanting all the details 😀

  12. That is incredible! Congratulations, Sarah! I know that you worked hard and now you deserve some relaxation and holiday fun. We had a very warm weekend too. I have a suspicion is will be over soon. It looks like you have lovely trails to run on. That BLT does look good and so does your brittle. That’s something I haven’t had in a very long time. Thanks for linking with us!