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Jessy Brinling

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:​​​​​
I really enjoy Integrative and Functional Nutrition as well as Sustainable Agriculture in relation to nutrition.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
I feel the most rewarding part of being an intern, especially in Kent’s internship program, is being able to try 7-8 different roles before stepping into the work force as a dietitian. In many instances, this is the first time an intern experiences life as a food service dietitian or a clinical dietitian. You are able to spend a good chunk of time figuring out if it might be something you would enjoy doing at some point in your career.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
In my opinion, the most challenging part of being an intern is juggling everything: classes, rotations, jobs, a social life, and other commitments. It’s important to take care of yourself through this process. This time is very strenuous, but it’s vital to embrace these moments in which it’s the most challenging, as this is where the most growth happens.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
I am really looking forward to my rotations at One Health Ohio, which focuses on bringing access to healthcare for people in the lower socioeconomic bracket: primary care physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and dietitians bring their talents and knowledge together in one location for clients. I am also heading to Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine and am looking forward to what I will learn there.


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Erin Leneghan

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
I’m mainly interested in clinical dietetics, specifically pediatric and geriatric nutrition, as well as Legislation and Policy.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
The most rewarding part of being an intern is transitioning from being a student into a respected member of the field of nutrition and dietetics. Seeing years of hard work and studying being applied in real-life settings and feeling confident in myself and in my work has been the most rewarding part of my experience as an intern.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
The most challenging part of being an intern is learning to have confidence in yourself. We have all spent years working hard and spending countless hours studying. Developing the ability to take textbook knowledge and apply it to real-world settings can be challenging and intimidating, so changing your mindset to have confidence in yourself, your education, and your knowledge is so important in making sure you get the most out of your experience as an intern. Never let your self-doubt allow you to miss an opportunity!

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
I really liked my experience at my clinical Long Term Care rotation, so I am really looking forward to my summer clinical rotation to get experience in a hospital setting.


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Colton Barnes

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
Academics, Athletics, Renal

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
The opportunity to work with experienced dietitians in several varying specialties. It’s also very rewarding to see patients who really understand and appreciate what a Registered Dietitian has to offer.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
Time/Stress Management. It’s crucial that you make it a point to manage this. Don’t just let things happen!


Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
My favorite rotation so far has been Diplomat Healthcare– my Long-Term Care rotation.


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Adison Barnhart

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
In my future career I would love to start a private practice. As an athlete, I am also interested in sports nutrition.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
The most rewarding part of being an intern is developing experience in many areas of dietetics and being able to give other dietitians a helping hand.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
Balancing life and other school work outside of the internship.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
My favorite rotation so far has been food service, but I am most looking forward to my rotation at The Emily Program with eating disorder patients.


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Adam Dunckel

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
Renal, Sports, Bariatrics

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
Empowering patients and clients with tools and knowledge to take charge of their own health and well being from a nutritional standpoint.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
Being able to have a healthy balance between work, school and social life.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
Really looking forward to my Centers for Dialysis Care Renal Rotation.

 


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Nicole Mobley

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
I am open to everything. Currently, I am most intrigued with outpatient and telehealth.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
The most rewarding part of being an intern is being fully immersed into the experience. We get to learn everything in our classes and apply it and be hands on during our rotations.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
The most challenging part is adapting every few weeks to new people and a new environment. Transitioning between being a student and an intern was a bit challenging at the beginning.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
My favorite rotation so far has been long term care. I went in without any expectations, but it was better than I could have ever imagined. I am also looking forward to my experience at Akron General’s Outpatient Oncology.


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Molly Flint

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
Behavioral Health, Addiction Recovery, Long Term Care, and School Nutrition.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
The most rewarding part of being an intern is when you finally find an area of interest that sets your soul on fire. I think it is so important to find that area that you are so passionate about and want to work with throughout your career. It is also so rewarding to just be a member of the internship class and have the opportunity to learn so much information every single day and to study under amazing nutrition professionals.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
The most challenging part of being an intern has been learning how to be an intern, but also becoming comfortable with doing things outside of your comfort zone. There are many things that you must accomplish as an intern and it is sometimes challenging to remember that all of these experiences will help you grow into professionals in dietetics and also leaders. It is also challenging to adjust to juggling all of your responsibilities such as being an intern, graduate student, working, having a social life, and finding time for self-care.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
My favorite rotations so far have been Long Term Care and School Foodservice/Community.


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Michelle Yako

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
Functional/Integrative Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
The most rewarding part is getting to learn new skills and experience a different aspect of nutrition at each rotation. I also love meeting new people and being able to try new things!

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
The most challenging part is being an intern AND a full-time student. Managing your time can be difficult but multitasking has helped me to prioritize and set goals for myself each week.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
So far, my favorite rotation has been long term care! I never thought I would like it as much as I do, but I enjoy being able to make nutrition diagnoses and create interventions for patients. It’s nice to see how your hard work can make a big difference in another person’s overall health.


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Samara Talia Pattiasina

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest:
Sports nutrition, mental health, global health

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern:
Having the ability to experience so many different areas of dietetics. Every rotation has different working environment, different work style and a different experience in general. I think this is one of the most rewarding parts of being an intern because I get to decide whether or not a certain field would fit best for me. It also feels very rewarding when a preceptor really appreciates my work and that I can see positive changes at their site.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern:
It is challenging to balance my time to do classwork and internship projects. I am also a graduate assistant (GA), which requires me to do some additional GA work on top of classes and internship. Because of my international student status, sometimes it can be challenging for me to try to find some time to catch up with my family or friends that are far away from me.

Favorite Rotation so Far OR The Rotation You Are Looking Most Forward To:
Food service management at UH Geauga! I had an awesome preceptor who also happens to be a Kent State MS/DI alumni and international student! On top of that, I’m looking forward for all my future rotations!

 

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