Dietetic Career Spotlight on Georgia Morris, Student
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JANUARY 28, 2014
Meet super-student Georgia Morris who is setting her eyes on being an entrepreneurial dietitian when she graduates. She’s staying busy teaching interactive food demonstrations and gaining experience right here at NutritionJobs.com! Opportunities for work and experience can be found everywhere! – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Ever since I can remember my dad modeled positive eating habits. I learned as I grew up that a kid who ate Brussels sprouts or would try pumpkin soup was very rare! In high school, as soccer captain, nutrition and performance really clicked for me, both physically on the field and mentally in the classroom. I eat a well-rounded balanced diet, but in high school and in South Texas where I grew up and live that seems to be unusual. I chose dietetics to help and embrace my love for nutritious, delicious food and promote wellness.
School you are studying at now?
I am currently in my senior year at the University of Texas Pan American. It is a 2 year coordinated didactic program.
What area of dietetics do you want to go into once you graduate?
It may sound corny but I like it all so far! I’ve had intern experience with school food services and am currently doing clinical work in a hospital. Next semester I will be working in the community.
Describe your dream job.
Working as an entrepreneurial or community dietitian. I love engaging and working hands on with my community and clients. It would be amazing to be a part of an upstart company that embraces food and health as I do. I am still exploring the possibilities and have not yet determined where I best fit in.
Any special projects or nutrition endeavors you are doing?
Absolutely! I am vice president of my student class so I keep plenty busy. Menu analysis and development is my most recent project that I just wrapped up for the hospital that I work at as a student dietetic intern. In the summer I did two community presentations on macro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals. I taught a Cooking 101 interactive food demonstration at my university in November and have another one coming up that I will do at the hospital. The subject for the demonstration is a healthy breakfast alternative. I will prepare yogurt parfaits and introduce hemp hearts and their health benefits. I work part time for Nutritionjobs.com as a Data Entry Associate. I also work as a nanny to an eight year old girl and ten year old boy. I have fun nannying because kids are picky! It encourages me to get creative with their after school snacks and teach them the benefits of wholesome foods. Next semester I will be organizing a health fair on campus with my student organization and I will be interviewed on the radio about healthy eating concepts. Nutrition is what I love & I embrace it by incorporating it into everything I do.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born with the ABILITY to learn skills; everyone is. As a child my dad was my teacher and major person of influence. I have learned all the cookie cutter skills like time management, leadership, planning, etc. but on top of the basics here are a few important skills I have picked up in my life:
I have learned and developed compassion, caring, and understanding. I have witnessed and felt what it is like to have that and to work with people that do not. In my experience, not everyone has those skills and I forever want to take those skills and apply them to my life and my work. I have become a lot more patient. That is a biggie for me. With patience came the ability to adapt. I can be a team player or take the reigns when I need to and I am comfortable doing either……an important strength.
Many people may not admit or agree to this last one as being a skill but it is for me. I have learned how to fail and how to do it successfully. From failure comes growth. I have learned to accept failure as part of the process….it is never the end. I simply say to myself, “alright, now what?” and I find the next step.