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By Renee Gosselin, MS, MBA, RD
As a 17-year-old high school student, I decided that I no longer wanted to attend my senior year of high school. Not because I was lazy—I had been bullied for years about being obese. Probably not the smartest decision at the time; however, it made an array of events occur that possibly or even more probably may not have occurred.
At the age of 20, I took the steps necessary to change my eating and exercise habits and lost over 100 pounds. This sparked a deep-rooted passion for helping other achieve goals that they didn’t know they ever could.
As an adult working at a banking center, I decided one day to walk down to the local community college and see if I could enroll in a nutrition program. I was not allowed to sign up for a program being a high school dropout but I knew in my mind that it was the right thing to do. The woman laughed and said, “Ok, well, what do you want to do—you won’t get financial aid and classes start tonight.” I looked at what types of electives I had to take for the program I desired, and paid out my paycheck for my first two classes.
Every day after work I walked down to this community college to take my classes that lasted until 10:30 pm. From this point on, my educational adventure advanced and I achieved my GED. To make a long story short, I went on to obtain my associate’s degree in diet technology, then my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in dietetics. After completing these degrees at other institutions, I continued on my educational journey here at Kaplan University, earning a Master of Business Administration!
Without this education foundation, or even just the thought process that I could return to school after not being the “traditional” student, I would never have been able to pursue my career goals. Currently, I am a full-time employee in the nutrition department at an organization that works with over 1,300 individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Additionally, I have taught for Kaplan University’s Nutrition Science Department for the last 7 years, accompanied by a wonderful family of educators who take pride in providing their real-life experiences along with textbook information to promote optimal learning experiences.
The overall goal of providing my background of educational career and the achievements that can be made is to encourage each one of you to know you can reach your goals as long as you believe they are obtainable. It does not matter age, gender, social background or previous educational status—as long as you commit to making a change it can be made.
MS MBA RD, is an adjunct faculty member at Kaplan University. The views
expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent
the view of Kaplan University. The author is not a graduate of Kaplan
University’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program.
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program is not accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). While
the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program is designed to prepare
students academically to pursue a variety of nutrition-oriented careers and
advanced education, the program does not lead directly to certification as a
registered dietitian or clinical nutritionist. Students can obtain additional
information on educational and experiential requirements and certification
examinations from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and the
Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB). Kaplan University does not
guarantee acceptance to any programs offered by other institutions or the transferability
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