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A bittersweet relationship

Posted by Xiong, Song - May 10, 2013 - Featured, Song X., Students

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Dear UWSP,

Though I love you very much, and we have shared many memories together, we must part ways. It’s not you; it’s me. Right now I need to focus on my career. I hope you understand and that we can still see each other from time to time.

Much love,
Song

There comes that point in everyone’s life when you know you have to move forward to something new, even if it’s scary and hard to do. Today is officially my last day of classes at UWSP. Though it saddens me to leave, life doesn’t wait. So where is life taking me next? Nowhere. It’s where I’m taking life next.

The next step for me is a tiny little town called Keene, N.H., where I was accepted to do my dietetics internship. Now if you thought Stevens Point was small, Keene is half that size. Though I am a big town girl, I have the heart of a small town girl and am honored to be selected as one of the 16 interns at Keene State College (KSC).

Similar to the concept of doing a residency before become a medical doctor, a dietetics internship requires completion of a minimum of 1,200 supervised hours in at least clinical, community and food services rotations before being able to sit for the exam to become a registered dietitian. KSC has an excellent dietetics internship program focused on community wellness and nutrition education. I will also be completing 18 graduate credits.

Though Keene is small, it is located two hours away from Boston and four hours away from New York City. I’ve been told the mountains are gorgeous, and I hate to be that person to mention this amidst the warm weather we are finally getting, but I cannot wait to test out my snowboard on the slopes.

Although my heart wanders from place to place, my heart will always belong to Wisconsin and UW-Stevens Point. Wherever I go, I will bring a part of UWSP with me. And besides, UWSP is so awesome, everywhere should have a part of it.

-Song

Song Xiong is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in dietetics and communication.

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