OK, the dog days of summer are almost over (trust us, we’re sad too!). For me, summer is a time to explore, have fun with friends, and…prepare for the upcoming school year. Wait. What?

Yep, I like to look at my summers as a way to prepare for the upcoming semester so that I’m fresh, ready to learn, have made new connections, and possibly learned a thing or two.

Here are my tips for staying on your A-GAME during those summer months.

  1. Set up informational interviews with RDs that are inspiring to you.

Maybe it’s just me, but I love meeting new people (especially in a professional atmosphere) so that I can hear their stories. Everyone has a little gem or piece of wisdom they are willing to share, you just have to ask!

Do I set these interviews up expecting to earn a job upon completion of my Dietetic Internship? No way! These are informal interviews that allow you to learn about the wide variety of careers in the nutrition world and help you expand your network of people in the nutrition world.

So pick up the phone and set a coffee date with an RD that is totally inspiring to you.

  1. Volunteer in your community. 

Volunteering is another great way to meet other people in the nutrition world, gain experience, and possibly tap into a passion you didn’t even know existed.

Some volunteer ideas that are fit for foodies are Cooking Matters, local races, and local food banks. 

  1. Rest and relax

Yep, I said it…relaxing will help you stay on your A-GAME. During the school year, our brains are preoccupied with studying, working part-time jobs, getting involved in the school’s dietetic association, building our resumes, and the list goes on. According to current research, it’s SO important to give our brains mental downtime and the summer is the perfect time to do it. Down time is the time our brain can absorb and make sense of all of the information it has gathered over time.

So this is your permission to go take a nap, meditate, take a yoga class, or go for a casual walk. It’s good for you!

  1. HAVE FUN!

After all, it is summer…right? Use this as your chance to get creative and do something that you just LOVE to do. Train for a race, bake a cake, host a dinner party, hang out with friends, go on vacation, whatever it is that brings you pure joy…do it!


  • What is one way you are having fun this summer?
  • How do YOU stay on your A-GAME during the summer


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