The most significant experience I have had in my life was coming to the United States without speaking much English, going to school, and earning the Bachelor’s degree.
Living in a foreign country and going to school was very challenging, especially when I was a self-supporting student working and attending classes at the same time.
I achieved it by my motivation, discipline, and flexibility, as well as the emotional supports from family and friends.
Throughout the experience of living in the U.S., I have learned important aspect of life, extended understanding and respect toward other cultures, and matured greatly as a person, which I could never be accomplished if I stayed in Japan.
I also met great friends and mentor whom always support and encourage my professional and personal developments.
My challenging is still on-going, and my next step is in pursuing my career goals at UH. I know that it will be hard but invaluably rewarding experience.
After having the opportunity to meet with you and interns, I became very interested in pursuing a position offered at University of Houston (UH). I am confident that it will allow me to complete the American Dietetic Association's requirements to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) and provide me with a wide variety of practical hands-on experience and the valuable didactic training I need to be successful for my career goals. I believe that this internship is the best fit for what I am looking for in an internship professionally, personally, and financially.
Over the past six years, I have been committed to gaining work experience in the dietetic field, regardless I was paid or a volunteer, along with my academic course work. I have been working as a community nutritionist for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu for over a year and a half. My job responsibilities at the office include determining eligibility of clients, assessing nutritional health risks, and presenting nutrition education activities and materials to the clients. Although initial nutrition education for high-risk clients is usually the responsibility of an RD, I am currently very involved in health education for a diversity of clients who need to be educated and served. I also support and am actively involved as a volunteer in various healthcare events to promote health and wellness for people in the local community.
My short-term goals are to enhance my knowledge of medical nutrition therapy, to gain experience in all aspects of the dietetic field especially in clinical nutrition setting, and to become an RD and Certified Diabetes Educator. My long-term career goals are to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health, to engage and serve in community nutrition, and to promote wellness and preventive health care for socio-economically and culturally fragile populations. Eventually, I am...