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Nutrition Degree without compromise values?

I transferred to a school with a nutrition degree. I wanted to be a dietician, but then I decided I wanted nothing to do with the ADA, plus they make you get vaccines, and you really don't have a "fun" job, etc.

So I realized I wanted to start a bakery/cafe (all vegan) and went the Nutrition - Food Service & Administration route. However, one of my labs required preparing, tasting, analyzing "foods" that I refuse to do, so I had to drop the course cause my participation would be 0 and I would just be learning a lot of stuff I would never use (but isn't that 95% of college?) plus be really behind on what the class was doing. They did tell me I did not have to "eat" the foods, but I still had to learn how to cook them. They advised me to switch majors, cause this was a required course. They told me that vegans had taken the course but "sucked it up" and worked with the animal products.

For me, it's not just the fact that I don't want to touch/cook meat. It's more the principle, like the school does not want to have more vegan dieticians/nutritionists in the world. They say they do not discourage veganism but they sure as hell don't encourage it, not even support it.  I get that they want their graduates to have a well-rounded food education, but I think I should have the choice to say no to what goes against my values. One of my professors told me that after I finish my degree I will have more knowledge on nutrition and will not disagree with their teachings anymore.

What are your thoughts on this? Does becoming a "vegan dietician" give us more credibility about nutrition knowledge, even though they are funded by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Dairy Council, Proctor & Gamble, American Egg Board/Egg Nutrition Center? Is this "selling out" or helping promote veganism in an non-vegan environment?

(There's a saying describing this that is on the tip of my tongue, when you work inside something you are against with plans of rising to the top and changing it?)

is there a vegan friendly maybe holistic school in your area that you could get a certificate or something from? or even another school in general that wouldn't be so ridiculous? i mean seriously if you had some crazy nut allergy would they force you to cook with nuts? i dunno i would say maybe it was for religious reasons and they can't argue much with that... say you're a i think sevenths day adventist (they are vegetarian for religious reasons)

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Ugh, I'm sorry you had to go through that, I wouldn't compromise if I were in your position. Check out one of these schools, maybe you could move close to one: http://www.cookingschoolguide.com/cooking_schools/vegan/index.html

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Right now Im applying to the Natural Gourmet Institute to get a chef's certificate. Still not a "college degree" though.

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i got my bachelors in nutrition and i was able to not cook animals products or use them, but i am not getting my RD because i disagree with so much of what is been spouted as sound nutritional advice, totally against fda, ada, usda, etc.

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good for you! if you dont mind me asking, where did you go for college?

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cal poly san luis obispo

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Hi...some of the greatest "game changers" had to go the mainstream route and then create their own path.

They had to get that mainstream degree to be more credible and believable in their new ideas.

That's what Andrew Weil had to do.  Colin Campbell had to work within the system at first.

It's not fun...but I think if you suck it up now...you'll be able to get your degree and PROVE, later on, that they were wrong...but you have to have the credentials/methodologies to do so.

Right now you have no power. The school will not change for you. So what can you do?  Give up the education that will allow you to communicate your ideas later on or just do it and then forge your own path.

I vote for sucking up and then forging your own path...

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That's a completely valid point. If I was very intent on my major, I probably would have considered that more. I think Im just losing interest in college.

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That's a completely valid point. If I was very intent on my major, I probably would have considered that more. I think Im just losing interest in college.

i'm sooooooo losing interest in college

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I've thought about going into nutrition as well. There's a great school here in Washington state that I know is very vegan-friendly. I know even their cafeteria is vegetarian.

http://www.bastyr.edu/academic/profiles/

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Basically after reading through your thoughts, I don't think there is anything wrong with it. To me, it's just like playing your part to help to promote veganism

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Good for you!  Stand up for your principles!  I'm shocked that you couldn't just cooked what the others were in class but make it vegan.  Seems like using your own "meats" would be okay since you are looking the main idea. 

What about an online school?  I've seen some that have a phD program online. 

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