This weekend I was fortunate enough to go to the SCAN Symposium to present my research! SCAN is the dietetic practice group for sports, disordered eating, and wellness dietitians. I received a grant to present my research on why restrictive eating increases the risk of injury in collegiate athletes. I’m planning to write another post on the study. But you can see my poster below!
My flight left on Thursday, so I set up my poster once I get in. Then we went to Moo and Brew for dinner. I got a black bean burger, sweet potato fries, and the BEST parmesan garlic fries for an app. I mostly ended up eating the parmesan fries because they were SO good. And had the rest of the burger a few hours later once I got back to the hotel. (who else does this?? can’t just be me right?) 🙂
Friday morning started with a short 3 mile run on a really nice trail, followed by sessions and research presentations! I was able to meet Sarah (I know a lot of you follow her blog too!) + Emily + some other blogging and non-blogging friends! I was blown away by how nice people were here. I came alone but I wasn’t really alone at any point at the conference. My introvert self was exhausted but it’s always great to make new friends!
Friday night, we went to Which Wich for dinner because my body was craving something incredibly simple. I love that you can add alllll the veg you want. (or none at all, sometimes that is needed too!)
Saturday morning started with a group 6am run along the same trail I ran the day before. Definitely wasn’t really awake for this but still glad I went!
After that, I had breakfast and went to a few sessions all morning. A lot of the sessions were filled with lots of diet talk and made me kind of uncomfortable. But I don’t have to be a sponge and soak up everything everyone else says. How freeing 🙂
Saturday was LONG but the afternoon was full of ED sessions which filled me back up. If you followed along on Instagram, I took photos of a lot of the sessions!
That night, we went to Yafo Kitchen and got THE BEST Mediterranean food. It tasted just like my favorite place in Richmond (but slightly better. I felt like I was cheating on Babylons). I was planning to go watch the final four games but came back dead tired so decided to go to sleep. Sunday was a long day with DI matching!
On Sunday morning, Nicole grabbed me during the first session to take a photo with her “I eat..” shirt. Guys you NEED THIS SHIRT! I had wanted to buy one for awhile now. Since my poster was set up right across from her booth, seeing her sell these shirts all weekend prompted me to finally buy one! They’re so comfy and I already got compliments on it as soon as I got to the airport. If you’ve been thinking about getting one… here is your sign to actually do it. Promise you won’t regret it.
I got home around 3pm and had a few hours until match time. About 10 minutes before, I called boyfriend (who lives near Lexington, spoiler alert) and was basically hyperventilating the entire time. D&D Digital has a countdown until match time, which I’m fairly confident whoever decided to do that thought it would be a funny cruel joke because it FREAKED ME OUT. I had never been so nervous in my life.
But as soon as 6pm came, I saw that nice screen saying I had been matched to the University of Kentucky Dietetic Internship Program – my top choice – and I about lost my mind. I sat there and bawled (like the ‘can’t get words out’ type of cry). Then somehow made out the words that I’m heading to Lexington. Maybe I’m overdramatic but it was easily the happiest moment of my life thus far.
THEN I found out that all 6 of my rd2be BFF’s also got matched to their top choices! For those of you who don’t know much about DI matching.. the national match rate is 47% to just get a match. The fact that we all got our #1… I lost it again. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been surrounded by the smartest and most wonderful friends and classmates in the world. School has never really felt like school for me (at least how everyone else always describes it). It’s never been something I’ve dreaded. Maybe I’m just a big nerd but being with these girls everyday, and seeing everyone get to where they wanted to get… my heart is so happy. <3