Nutrition Alumni Spotlight: Gigi Ravenhall
Gigi Ravenhall graduated from NYU Steinhardt’s program in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016 after she transferred from Suffolk County Community College! She now works as a registered dietitian at Long Island Laparoscopic as a nutrition counselor for pre and post-operative patients. She loves being a registered dietitian and shares some of the insights she’s gained now that she’s had more experience on the job!
A valuable concept Gigi has learned is the role of a dietitian can evolve depending on the workplace setting. For example, she first started working as a dietitian in long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. In this role, Gigi was primarily required to utilize her clinical skills. However, now that she works with patients who have had or plan to have bariatric surgery, she’s required to use more counseling techniques and motivational skills. The fact that she utilizes different skills in this field is one reason she finds life as a dietitian interesting!
As a dietitian, Gigi also enjoys the fact that she is able to empower people with knowledge and motivation to have a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food. In her position, she has noticed that there is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about food and nutrition. She loves that she is able to help other people sort through all the information to help them understand the best ways to have a nutritious diet. Once people have the correct information, Gigi can help people put these ideas into play and she finds this is be the most rewarding aspect of her job.
Gigi took many courses at NYU that helped her develop the skills she uses now as a dietitian. One of the courses that she found to be the most helpful was a fieldwork course where she volunteered at a diabetes education center. Gigi learned a lot about diabetes and nutrition education in her fieldwork course, but she was also able to learn about the 15 other positions her classmates were in because students shared their fieldwork experiences in the classroom.
Like many transfer students, Gigi faced the challenge of figuring out how to get her transfer credits posted and learning how they fit into the NYU curriculum. She’s grateful for the support she received from CCTOP in helping her straighten everything out! CCTOP is thrilled to hear that Gigi is doing well and we’re glad to know she’s making a difference in people’s lives!