Future dietitian inspired by her love for the art of eating well

Katie V. 250Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with health and fitness. At the tender age of eight, one of my greatest pleasures was waking up early before school and working out with the fitness shows on television. Yes, I was a strange child, but a passionate one.

As I grew older, I learned that nutrition is the foundation of our health. We must build a strong foundation if we want our bodies to be sturdy and strong. I have spent years reading about nutrition and developing a love for the art of eating well. Despite my overwhelming passion, it only occurred to me in recent years that I could base my career around such a thing. I then realized that this was what I wanted to do with my life. In short, I want to be a dietitian.

Of course, becoming a dietitian is not exactly a walk through the park. It requires schooling, and that can be pricey. My first college experience was expensive, to say the least. Though I received help from my parents, the financial burden eventually became too much, and the experience was, disappointingly, cut short.

After a few years of regrouping, and realizing that I could make a living doing what I love, I have taken the necessary steps to return to school. It has been a bit of a balancing act as I am now an adult, living on my own, paying my way through life. Even less prepared to pay for school than my parents were ten years earlier, I have found it to be my greatest challenge. For the past year, I have been living the life of a full-time student, as well as, a full-time adult. Being a 30-year-old student is a far cry from being a 21-year-old in the same boat. All-night study sessions are a lot more difficult when you have to be at work the next morning, and sure, that ten-page paper is due on the first, but so is rent. Somehow I have managed to pay the bills, buy my books, and keep my grades up all at the same time.

With one year left to go, I am proud of how far I have come. Graduating with a nutrition degree will finally give me the chance to practice what I love. It will finally give me a chance to pursue my passion and spread that passion to others. I am excited at the thought of finally earning my degree, but I am also excited at the thought of walking out of college with the knowledge and training to do my job well. I plan to approach the next chapter of my life with the passion and enthusiasm with which I have always approached everything. Like an 8-year-old working out to “Body by Jake” before school, I will love every minute of it!

We are proud to announce Katie Vittal is one of the current JustJobs Scholarship finalists. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • Tyler Vittal

    Katie is the perfect person to receive this scholarship! She works hard in everything she does and finds a way to manage all the things that are truly important in life. I have had the pleasure of working out with Katie and learning from the knowledge she has already absorbed through college. She is truly passionate about fitness and nutrition. I have learned a lot from her since I was a little kid and she is a great fitness role model to grow up with. Katie is a leader and is someone who any person no matter who they are or where they come from can look up to and trust. Katie is a great role model and is best candidate for this scholarship!

  • Chris Ryba

    Truly one of the most hard working people I know. I couldn’t think of a better and more deserving person for this scholarship. She is always one to put others before herself, so I really hope she is rewarded for that. Good luck Katie!!

  • Tony Wells

    As an avid runner and committed healthy/clean eater in recent months, I wholeheartedly support Katie in her efforts to complete her degree. I’ve known Katie for several years now, and we’ve conquered a particular hill a number of times during a run. She’s pretty stubborn I’d say. I admire her dedication to putting in the work, and excited how her great spirit will inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle. Sure I’m biased, but only because I can’t imagine someone more deserving.

    Her essay is genuine and heartfelt. Very well stated, and I think a great example of her ability to articulate her passion professionally, but always with a bit of whimsy. Katie certainly should receive the utmost consideration for this scholarship. There is no doubt that she would be gracious and humble, but would also make the committee proud to honor her as the recipient. Good luck Katie!

  • Patricia Brandt

    After reading Katie’s essay I certainly hope that she receives this scholarship and is able to fulfill her dream. It sounds like she could be a great help to people in pursuing a healthy lifestyle and that is so badly needed.

  • LaTonya Whittington

    First, I’m so proud of Katie, and not simply for her going to school to obtain a degree, but in the fact that she’s found something she’s passionate about.. So many work without filling their true destiny and purpose.. Despite Katie’s hard work, dedication, and preserverance, the passion she employs speaks magnitudes.. In saying this, she’s beyond worthy of this scholarship/ award/ honor..

  • Kathleen

    What an amazing girl who is an inspiration to others!! Her passion and desire to help others will carry her far not only her career but in life. A very deserving girl for the scholarship at hand!!

  • Janice Szyper

    Katie is one of the most dedicated and caring people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. It would be a mistake not to give the scholarship to Katie. She would truly be an asset to her occupation. She always makes a difference!
    Janice Szyper

  • Caitlyn Ryba

    I have known Katie for about 15 years and I truly believe she deserves this scholarship more than anyone. Ever since I was little, I was astonished by her healthy choices of eating. Of course with me being younger, I was shocked she would pick a salad over a burger and fries, but now as I am older and an athlete, I continuously sit and wish I could make the choice of a salad as easily as she had. Katie has always been an older sister to me. She is very kind and compassionate and always strives for the best. I know when Katie sets her mind to something, she brings her heart along with it and goes above and beyond to reach her goals.

  • Sararose Krenger

    Katie is a kind, compassionate, and inspiring human being! She dives into life in a way that is so refreshing! She has always had a joy and love for eating well and loves to inspire others to be more intentional when making decisions that correspond to what they are putting into their bodies and how well they are maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. From moving to Hawaii to experience a new mindset on life, to taking up opportunities to travel to China to study and further better understand the bio and agricultural world that our food depends on, Katie is a life long learner and a life loving enthusiast! Passionate and dedicated, she only deserves the best so that she can give her best to those around her! I know Katie is is excited to finish her education process and would be an excellent choice for scholarship.

  • Kristine Leahy Kuta

    Since I’ve known Katie, she’s worked two jobs, gone to school full time and has studied abroad in pursuit of her goal of becoming a nutritionist. Nutrition is more than just a passion to her. It’s also her lifestyle. I can think of no one more deserving of a scholarship to obtain the education in order to help her fulfill her life long aspiration and future career. This not only helps Katie, but the many she will be helping when she enters her profession.

  • Iryna Stetsyk

    Such a great and inspiring story Katie! I wish you the best of luck and perseverance in reaching your future goals. You are smart and beautiful person who works very hard to persue a carrier of a diatitian.You truly deserve this scholarship and I hope you’ll get it.

  • Amanda F.

    Katie Vittal definately deserves this scholarship. She has always had a passion for eating healthy and making healthy lifestyle choices. Katie is such a sweet, caring person and she always gives her all and is very dedicated to everything she does. She would be an excellent candidate for the scholarship! Good Luck Katie!!!

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