Back to school

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey.

It’s summer in Shanghai.  While many people are getting ready for their summer vacations, I’m getting ready for school.  Usually, when people my age talk about starting classes, they’re referring to their kids.  However, I think you’re never too old to go back, especially when it’s essential for your career advancement. It’s been nearly 8 years since I’ve been in school for nutrition.  I try to keep up with current advancements and never stop learning, but it isn’t easy while living in Shanghai.  It’s very difficult (if not impossible) to be involved in local Chinese organizations and attend their health conferences when you cannot speak fluent Chinese.

Education is life itself …

After much research, my course choice settled on The University of Western States MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.  It wasn’t easy finding an accredited program I could complete from abroad and it also came on good recommendation from an RD living in Shanghai.  I am looking forward to some exciting classes such as Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Meal Planning in Health & Illness, Nutritional Epidemiology & Clinical Research and Cardiovascular Disease & Metabolic Imbalances.  I swore after my first master’s degree I would never go back to school.  Thanks to the efforts of some very gracious teachers I was able to graduate with my MPH.  For my own sanity this time around, I will not take more than 1-2 classes at a time.  I am not in a race to the finish line and have the option to do it at my own pace. I’m looking forward to writing some blogs based on my new classes.

Until the next time, EWS! – Jessica W. 

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