Next stop: Vancouver, Washington

Hey all! So didn’t I say in my last post that I would let you know the moment that I found out I had a job? Well, sorry for the delay (only by a few days), but I am happy to announce that I will be working at the Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver, WA as a Nutrition Educator! This is a position through the AmeriCorps program and I could not feel more blessed to have been offered it!

CCFB logo

I have been interviewing for several weeks now (as I talked about in my last post), and although I was offered the job in Asheville, NC with Children First (also an AmeriCorps position), I was waiting to hear back from Washington. I was actually listening to a presentation in my senior capstone class when I happened to check my email and find out. It took everything in me to not audibly express my happiness and excitement!

I have had some really awesome conversations with the Executive Director, Alan Hamilton; the supervisor of the Nutrition Educators, Kristen Herron; and the two current AmeriCorps Nutrition Educators, Chantel and Madaline. Each of them have given me the truth about the position – both the good and the bad. In addition, I have been stealing glances at pictures of the gorgeous scenery of Washington state, which is too much to pass up. Finally, I have been filled with the excitement of adventure; of going to a place I have never been before and seeing what I can explore. It is with all of this, and a lot of prayer and desire for God to direct my path, that I happily accepted the offer to work at the Clark County Food Bank.

So, today makes 6 days until I graduate from Berea, College. This is definitely a bittersweet moment. My summer plans and job in Washington mean that I will most likely not see many of my friends, and even some family, for the next year. Although I am beyond excited for this position, I do hope that I don’t feel like I have made a mistake when much of my family and friend’s lives are still happening and so far away. I know I may get homesick, but honestly, I am not that big of a “homebody”. I barely go home as it is (only 1 & 1/2 hours away) and my friends have extremely busy schedules as it is, with many of them still at school. I have faith that I will be brought to them again and that we will stay in touch no matter where we are. I have made too good of friends these past four years for them to not stay that way.

Between this Sunday and the next I have a whole sheet of paper of things to do; some of it class assignments, yet most of it work, friends, or miscellaneously related. I look forward to seeing my family next Sunday and being with my friends throughout this week. Although I have been “counting down” for some time now, I am ready to enjoy the time I have left at Berea College and to make sure I see my friends as much as possible.

One of my class assignments is the RD guide that I have been working on for several weeks now. The next time I write on here, I will be sure to have the complete guide finished and ready to share! I look forward to providing this resource to future dietitians, like myself.

~Lauren

portlandA picture of Portland, Oregon with Mount Hood in the background. Portland is very close to Vancouver, WA.

columbia river gorge

Multnomah Falls at the Columbia River gorge.

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One thought on “Next stop: Vancouver, Washington

  1. […] As I shared before, after this summer I have the pleasure of moving up to Washington state in Vancouver to be a part of the Clark County Food Bank team as a Nutrition Educator! Currently, I am looking into many logistical questions; primarily 1) How the heck will my car/a newer car get me all the way there without any issues? and 2) Where in the world am I going to live? I know that with faith in God and lotsss of patience, these questions will get answered, but it will take some time… […]

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