Registered Dietitian… It’s official

I can’t believe I am about to say this. I am officially a Registered Dietitian. Just before Christmas I took the Registration Exam and passed! For those of you who are like me and are looking up posts describing the process, I want to let you know about how the process went for me…

I finished my internship in February just one month before Micah’s due date. For some reason (read: because I had no idea what having a baby was like) I thought I would be up and at it again and ready to take the exam by May. But if you have read my other recent posts, you will know that I was somewhat “preoccupied” by other more important things. So instead, about 9 months later I began thinking about taking my exam. You live, you learn.

In November I scheduled my exam for about a month away. But being a mom and having a baby around the house makes it a little difficult to get more than 10 minutes of studying in at one time. Thankfully I have the most amazing husband in the world and he agreed to work from home the entire week before I took my exam. So, I buried myself in the basement and went to work.

If you are reading this because you are preparing for the RD exam, I am sure you have read other blog posts explaining how you need AT LEAST a month to prepare for your test, and how it will be one of the hardest test you have taken in your life. No? Okay then those are just the posts that I found while I was studying that caused a touch of test anxiety to set in. I want to speak to that.

I studied like a mad woman for one week. Only one week. I did go through the entire Inman’s Review. Every. Single. Page. It was incredibly helpful and I recommend it. But if I could go back and convince myself of one thing, it would be… RELAX. It’s not worth the anxiety and the pressure. I really believe the most beneficial thing for me was prayer. I felt an extreme sense of peace driving to my exam and knew that my God had prepared the way for the past 6 years through college, work, my internship, etc. and He wasn’t done writing the story yet. Yes, I studied hard but I really believe that He carried me through the exam. There is no other explanation for the peace that I felt other than I had a lot of people praying for me and He was near. He cleared my mind and helped me remember things that I learned through the review, through college, and through my internship.

Here are the study materials I feel that helped me:

  1. Inman’s Review. Totally worth it. I listened to her CD while reading through the book. I would have loved to have the time to go through it again, but having a baby makes that a bit difficult. I went through it one time and did some of her exam questions.
  2. Registered Dietitian Exam Prep iPhone App. This was helpful since I could access it on my phone when I was feeding Micah, riding in the car, etc.

I was reminded on the way to the exam that the very worst thing that could happen would be to have to take the exam again. And all that would hurt would be my pride. Some exam questions were a bit difficult and some I felt that I way over studied for. I was surprised at how well experience and the internship itself prepared me. But after about an hour and a half, it was over. The test stopped itself, I nervously walked out of the testing room and waited patiently paced back and forth while the proctor pulled up my results for what felt like an eternity (like 5 minutes). Finally, the results loaded on her computer and I saw “congratulations” on the screen. I got in my car and called David while my fingers were shaking. It was OVER! Praise God it is over!

Have I mentioned before that I am married to the most amazing man? I came home to this…

RD ExamDavid knows me so well… coffee mug, chocolate truffles, and Whole Food flowers. He had them ready for me pass or fail (although he claims he knew all along that I would pass). I love how confident he is in me even when I doubt myself.

I felt called to this profession this time about 6 years ago. It is amazing to look back over these years and see how intricate His plan was and how He has been so present for every step of the way. And the best part is… the story has just begun!


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