Diaries From the Dorm

I feel like this should have been the name for a blog my freshman year of college. Needless to say, I have some stories about my freshman year dorm that would have made for a pretty interesting. Luckily, the second go around of dorm living has proven wildly different. Since last Sunday, I’ve been living on campus at Southern Miss while I attend classes. While not ideal, dorm living has been quite bearable. I get my own room and bathroom along with the convenience of having my partner in crime (Ashley) and a few other dietetic interns as my neighbors.

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I really have started to feel like I’m back in my freshman year again. I get up early to make it to class by 8:30. Class finishes by 4:30 and in true college fashion, I retreat to my dorm room to watch Neflix and nap. After dinner, me, Ashley and the other out of town interns get together in one of our rooms to discuss worksheets, funny things from class that day, and how much we miss being at our big SEC schools (did I mention the out of town interns are from Auburn and LSU… we’ve learned to love them anyways).

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With one week of class over and one more for the month of June, I already feel like I’ve learned so much. It’s exciting to be taking all the book knowledge that I was forced to memorize in undergrad and finally see where it fits in the world of dietetics. While 8 hours of class a day is extremely exhausting, I know that come August when I begin my rotations, I’m going to feel more than prepared.

Being back in a dorm has brought back a lot of memories. In a message from the Death to Selfie series by Pastor Steven Furtick, Pastor Steven talks about Jacob’s encounter with God at Bethel (Genesis 35). He talks about how we can sometimes get so caught up in where we’re going and what we want to be doing, that we forget to remember the places that God has already taken us.

Living in this dorm makes me remember back to a time when I knew who God was, I followed all of His rules, but I lacked a true relationship with Him. I remember back to a friend who lived in the same building. A friend who showed me what it meant to be in a real relationship with God. A friend who week after week, listened to me give her excuses about why I couldn’t go to church with her. And this same friend who continued to pray for me to come into a relationship with God and who stood by my side during one of the hardest times of my life. This friendship, along with countless others lead me into a real relationship with God. So to me, being in this dorm brings me “back to Bethel”. That freshman year dorm was the place where God revealed himself, and it was the place where I started to truly fall in love with Him.

So for now, I will be thankful for 8 hours of class, for being at a non-SEC school, and for dorm room living, because sometimes you have to go back to your past, to be thankful for your present.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Where Are You?

This is a question that I get asked pretty frequently nowadays. Some people think I’ve already moved to Mississippi, some think I’m at my parent’s house in Birmingham, and others think I’m still at my house in Tuscaloosa. And to make it more confusing, I’m getting my master’s degree from Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, but come August, I will be permanently living in Jackson where I will be completing my internship.

The reservoir in Jackson, Mississippi

The reservoir in Jackson, Mississippi

If you try to keep up through my Instagram or Facebook posts, you’ll probably end up even more confused. Last week at church, a girl saw me at the service and then later asked one of my roommates  if I had a twin because she could’ve sworn that I had already moved to Mississippi. The truth is, I’m currently living in all three. And honestly, I don’t blame anyone for not being able to keep up; I’m barely keeping up with it myself.

So the purpose of this post was to help clear up (for those of you who actually care about my summer whereabouts) where exactly I am.

I’ve spent the first two weeks of June living in my house in Tuscaloosa. The graduate program that I’m in at Southern Miss is considered a distance program, which means all of my work can be done online. So for the last two weeks, I’ve spent everyday working on both clinical and foodservice review worksheets. On Sunday, I will leave for Hattiesburg, MS, where The University of Southern Mississippi campus is located. I will be there for two weeks living in a dorm (still trying to repress flashbacks from freshman year) and going to class from 8:30-4:30 everyday. Luckily my sister lives two hours away in Mobile, so I have an escape on the weekend in between those two weeks.

Ashley, my partner in crime and future roommate!

Ashley, my partner          in crime and                   future roommate!

The following week, I will come back to Tuscaloosa and continue working on more worksheets for my classes. The next week I will then travel to Oxford, MS where I will have the opportunity to help out at Camp Hopewell’s camp for kids with Type 1 Diabetes. After what’s sure to be a fun filled week at camp, I will head back to Hattiesburg, MS for two more weeks of classes. Once those two weeks are up, I’ll go back to Tuscaloosa for the night and then that Saturday I will move to Jackson, MS. I have the first two weeks in August off for vacation and orientation with my facilities so there really is no telling where I will be during those weeks.

I hope my explanation helped clear up some of the confusion and if not, just know that beginning in August, you can most likely find me in Mississippi.

Aside from my summer whereabouts, I’ve also been dealing with confusion in many other areas of my life. Confusion with my school work, confusion on where to live in Jackson, and also confusion on WHAT THE HECK TO DO WITH MY LIFE ONCE I HAVE TO GET A JOB(luckily this can wait for a year). But through all this confusion, I’m reminded of one constant, and that’s that God is never confusing. Whether I’m in Tuscaloosa, Jackson, or even half way across the world, God is constant. Jesus is constant. And their love for me is constant. Through all these upcoming life changes, I’m reassured by God’s unchanging promises; they’re what keep from having a mental break down every day.

So my advice to anyone dealing with big life changes or confusing times, take heart in knowing that,

“God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” 1st Corinthians 14:33 (ESV)

In the Beginning…

…God created the Heavens and the Earth. And a bunch of years later, here I am writing a blog about my life.

One purpose of this blog, at least for the next 11 months, is to give those reading some insight into what’s going on in my life. Over the next 11 months I will be completing my dietetic internship by distance in Jackson, Mississippi at The University of Southern Mississippi with an ending goal of becoming a registered dietitian. For those of you who have completed a dietetic internship, you understand the struggles and triumphs that this next year will bring. To those who are planning on applying to an internship…God bless you. And to those of you who have no idea what a dietetic internship is, stay tuned because I’m going to do my best to give you a picture of what exactly I’ll be doing.

To make it simple, in order for a registered dietitian to become more than just someone who is obsessed with nutrition they must:

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in food and nutrition from an accredited university.
  2. Complete a certain number of hours of supervised practice in a clinical, foodservice, and community setting.
  3. Pass an insanely hard exam

I’m currently completing part two. This next year, I will be working at multiple hospitals and facilities trying to learn everything there is for a registered dietitian to do. And by the end of these 11 months, I’ll hopefully be smart enough to pass that exam, get a job, and officially be Marie Hughey Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN for short). That is the main short-term goal for now…other than trying not to have a mental break down every other hour due to the insane amount of grad school work that I need to be doing instead of writing this post.

May has already proven to be a month of huge changes. I graduated college, my sister got her masters in nutrition (she’s already a dietitian and yes, I am super pumped about being sister dietitians one day), my best friend got married, I started grad school classes, and I began looking for an apartment in Jackson Mississippi. To be honest, I’m exhausted and I’ve barely begun, but I know that if I’ve made it this far, then I can make it through this next year.

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A second purpose for this blog is to share some about God and how his promises will get me through this next year. The 2 grueling months that I waited to hear about internship decisions were probably the most I had ever relied on God. I prayed so many things but my main prayer was that in all things, whatever happens, “May your will be done.” Throughout my undergrad, I’ve learned that this is the simplest yet most rewarding prayer you can pray, “Not my will but yours be done.” There’s something freeing about completely surrendering your will to God. In all things I strive to glorify God, and while sometimes I think my way is better or God’s way is too hard, I always end up begging for what God wants in my life, because so far it’s worked out pretty well.

So for now, I’m just ready to get moving on what’s sure to be the best year of my life!

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

Acts 20:24