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THE EXPERIENCES THAT SHAPED ME.

Humantay Lake in Cusco, Peru

A glacier-fed lake in the Andes Mountains. We stopped here on our way to Machu Picchu during my travels in South America.

Welcome to my page!

The most exciting part about life is the opportunity to create my own set of experiences. I couldn't imagine getting through each day just going through the motions.The opportunity to be an active participant in developing my educational experience is what makes the Sodexo DI program so appealing. As you'll see below, I've worn many hats so far in life. Through it all, I've learned that personal growth only occurs if I'm continuously challenged. 

I see myself as a successful part-time, distance intern because I already love what I do. I view the dietetic internship as an opportunity to layer another aspect of my passion on top of what I am already doing. I thrive when my weeks consist of variety. 

I hope that this page helps you to get to know me for who I am in real life. When I decide to do something, I give myself fully. My career in dietetics will be no exception!

-Maija 

 

Vinoteca di Monica 2013-2016

With Fortunato, one of my co-workers who always had a smile on his face. He ended up starting his own restaurant in 2017 (it's called Fortunato's in Woburn, 4.5 stars!)

I started working here when I was 21 years old. This was my first time working in an upscale restaurant. I learned a lot about running a successful dining service. I also learned about how to set boundaries and protect myself from a toxic work environment. 

This job taught me that money is not everything. Of all the jobs I've worked, this was the highest earning. But it came at a cost. I had very little freedom in my schedule, and the owner was combative, which affected the entire staff. 

After almost 3 years, I knew I had to move on. I did not have anything to fall back on, but my quality of life was suffering. Quitting a job is difficult, and takes a lot of courage. From this, I developed a strong sense of inner strength and learned what is most important to me.

Working on the bar with Kayla, my partner in crime! We were the only two female employees and quickly became friends. She helped me get through some of my toughest moments working at Monica's.

South America 2015

Part of my motivation for backpacking through South America was because I was so unhappy with my job and general life trajectory. I'd saved a bit of money from the restaurant job and decided to set off. Initially, the plan was to travel with a couple of friends. We were going to work on farms in exchange for a place to stay. We did work on one farm in Brazil, but afterwards had a falling out an decided to split up. I completed the rest of my 2 month trip traveling with people I met along the way. Everyone was unbelievably kind and I felt welcomed even though my Spanish was somewhat limited.

Preparing food for the evening asado at a hostel in Buenos Aires. Argentinians take their barbeque seriously! Communal meals were a common occurrence during my stay here.

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

With Agnes and Alex, two travel companions from Spain. They were best friends who let me tag along for a few weeks of their journey despite a language barrier. I'll never forget their kindness or sense of adventure.

Hiking through the Peruvian Andes en route to Machu Picchu. I overpacked and had to carry 2 backpacks for the second leg of the journey. Lesson learned: less is more!

Better Future Project 2017-2018

I joined a local environmental advocacy group out of frustration with national politics. I'd always been interested in environmental issues, and felt this was an opportunity to make an impact locally. Our chapter focused on getting gas leaks fixed, promoting recycling programs, and municipal energy aggregation.

It was great to work alongside volunteers from different professions and ages. I learned a lot about project planning and the legislative process. 

Representing our chapter at the Tufts Energy Conference.

With fellow member, Chrissy, at the March for Science.

Gardener 2016

I wanted to learn more about farming after I got back from my trip. I found a job as a part-time gardener in the town I grew up in. For the most part, I worked independently maintaining a small greenhouse and plot of land. 

Since I worked alone, I often had to come up with creative solutions on the spot. This included making minor equipment repairs and researching organic pest and disease control strategies. 

This job was a very therapeutic experience for me. Working in the garden allowed me to gain a sense of mental clarity to move forward with my life. 

Personal trainer and yoga instructor, present day

Working with my client Sarah. Her biggest challenge? Staying motivated when things get tough!

I started personal training with the goal to be 100% independent. Together, my boyfriend and I started our own business. We created a website, established an LLC, and came up with creative ways to market our services in the community. 

We had quite a few successes, but ultimately could not sustain the business as our sole source of income. I started working at Boston Sports Clubs in December to supplement my income. Initially, I was apprehensive about working in a commercial gym. I'd heard horror stories from friends about low pay, long hours, and a competitive work culture.

So far, my experience has been better than I could have imagined. I've been able to develop my skills leading group workshops and learn new training techniques from a supportive group of coworkers. 

Leading a meditation to wrap up our outdoor bootcamp last summer. My boyfriend and I ran a free bootcamp Sunday mornings to establish our business and get to know the community.

After our "Bootcamp and Chill" event at a local apartment complex. We paired a bootcamp class with homemade brunch to advertise our services in a new apartment building nearby. 

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