Hi there everyone.
Back in 2009, I had to drop out of the university here in Thailand because I could no longer watch my parents struggle with putting food on the table, let alone pay for my tuition fees. Until today it is still believed that I was too lazy to study and wanted to make money for myself quickly.
The truth, is that I've wanted nothing but more education.
I've taken up many jobs, started with teaching English to underprivileged students all around Thailand. Soon, my love and passion for food took over and I decided to pursue a culinary career - with no formal training, no apprenticeship, no qualifications of any kind that was related. With luck, an Executive Chef believed in me and I was soon working my way up the kitchen rank.
Then came 2013, when I had my cancer scare.
I had strange symptoms and after numerous lab tests and doctor visits, I was told that I was at the pre-stage of cervical cancer. You can probably imagine the thousands of thoughts that went through my mind. Me, this young, good habits, I don't do anything damaging to my body, ME?!
The doctor was then kind enough to educate me about nutrition, and how people are "poisoning" their own bodies these days unknowingly from hidden sugars, chemicals, and generally processed foods.
It was food that almost killed me, and it was food that saved my life again. I was fortunate that I did not have to undergo any chemotherapy. The treatment involved complete change of lifestyle, especially when it came to food.
I have been working on my feet for years trying to make ends meet, and the only thing on my mind the past few years is that I desperately want to become a Registered Dietitian. I want to be able to combine my love and passion for food, and use that to help people in need, to educate, to spread the knowledge. I'm a teacher at heart, no matter what kind of work I end up doing.
There are universities in Thailand that will provide the course but none that will match up to the US standard of RD examinations. I've been researching this for a long time, and I've got a few universities in mind in the US.
However - even if I will be attending a public university and not a private one, the costs are still quite high. I am eligible for just partial scholarships. The amount that I have sent here is for me to be able to get there, survive on a partial scholarship, get myself started and work towards the B.Sc. in Nutrition Science and Dietetics.
I want to be able to become an RD, go to places that need direct help and also need to be educated on the matter.
I know this is a huge amount, but I'm not setting a time limit as I'm determined and patient enough to wait for as long as it takes to make this possible for me.
Thank you everyone.