Student: Elizabeth Jimenez

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Field Report Guide

This is an in-depth analysis of the field experience which should be carefully prepared, well written and organized and use correct English. The report must be typewritten and double-spaced, have numbered pages and should include the following:

1. Cover sheet

  1. Student’s full name
  2. Student’s current address and telephone number
  3. Course number
  4. Field site
  5. Name of supervisor, full address, email and telephone number
2. Introduction to your future plans and how this experience relates to them.


3. A general description of the firm/establishment

  1. Physical facilities
  2. Goals, philosophy
  3. Financial support, budget, major sources of income, major expenses (income and expenses can be reported as percent of total)
  4. Clientele/customers served
  5. Services rendered/products
4. General description of personnel
  1. Brief history of supervisor
  2. Entry level requirements, opportunities for advancement
  3. Description of staff positions

5. Review your learning plan, and:

  1. Summarize your learning objectives, describing activities and other responsibilities performed to meet these objectives.
  2. Assess the degree to which you achieved your goals and objectives.
  3. Discuss how the experience you had helped or hindered achievement of your learning objectives. Include examples of some of the most rewarding experiences you had, as well as some of the frustrations you encountered, and a discussion of how you handled them.
  4. Discuss whether the goals and objectives you set for yourself were realistic and challenging.
  5. Discuss any unanticipated learning.

6. Discuss the personal value derived from the work experience, and relate this to future career plans. Summarize the most important things you have learned about yourself during this work experience.

7. Evaluate the preparation provided to you in the department curriculum for the type of work you did in your field experience or plan to do in the future. Discuss how you integrated your academic training into the performance of your work site responsibilities. Include suggestions for changes in the curriculum and a rationale for such changes.

8. Would this work experience be valuable to other students in this department? Why or why not?

9. Conclusion. Describe progress towards your future profession and next steps.

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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 13 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Writing Intensive [courses] are all good, but they are not created equal. I would do research into who the professor is and what the course work is like... If you come up with good results, you should go with it, because what they are teaching you is really going to apply to what you will be doing... It's there for a reason, and it all does help in the end
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 12 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: I'll take the placement with my internship, the relationship I've developed with my supervisors, the dietician and the pediatrician, as well as talking with families, and seeing how a program is run. Those things will stay with me... I enjoyed it. I used hours from two different placements, so three supervisors submitted reports on me. I got to see one of them because she gave it to me and we mailed it in, and I was allowed to see them. We were supposed to go over them... Yes [seeing someone's written report about me has made me think differently about my own writing]. It makes you think more about your personal interactions because you know you are going to be critiqued as well. And to give more thought to how you're treating people. Everything in life is not one-sided.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 11 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: After graduation I anticipate being here for at least a year... I may apply to grad school at UH, or I may apply on the mainland. [It depends on] what I'm doing with my job, hopefully as a dietician.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 10 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: I'd like to get into the supervised placement program here, through outreach college. You do it for 10-12 months, and once you complete all the requirements, which are your three rotations, with a certain amount of case studies and coursework, you're eligible for sit for the registered dietitian exam. Once you do that, you get the credential of being an RD... [Writing factors into my future because] if I go back to school I'll be doing a lot of writing. [For instance] to analyze lab cases in your own words, to give a description of someone's history, or if you're counseling somebody, [you have] to write out a report.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 9 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: With classmates, we became slightly closer because of this joined experience... I became a little closer with my professor, who is also my program director, because she's a very nice lady, like a grandma. She's cultivating the new batch of future dieticians and she got the go-ahead for an internship program within the state. She's very involved... And this class, because you have to meet with her and write your journals, she gives a lot of value to those things. It brought you a little closer with her... And my relationships with my supervisors, who were really nice people. I think I see my major in relation to my future, like how it segues into it. It's phasing us out of the classroom. You actually do what you study in school... I didn't get the placement I wanted. I wanted to do more clinical work, but it's very hard to find that. That would have been even more exciting or different for me. I'm applying to the internship program here.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 8 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Where I did my internship was somewhere I had never been before, and working with a population that was from this area, I learned more about families and their day-to-day life in the Waipahū area, and Leeward families, and I had never really worked with anybody from there or spent any time there. I am from Hilo originally, but have lived in Honolulu for five years, in Mānoa.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 7 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: I want to be a dietician. This was my first experience working with a community dietician and working with a community wellness program... Now I'm helping with data research with a physician at Kapiʻolani, so it did give me my first step into what I'll be doing in the future. And to meet those people and to start making those connections... I'm graduating, and I've done all the coursework for the degree, so it has contributed to my change from a student into a professional.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 6 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: [The writing assignments] could have been more specific [than summarize and reflect]. More structure could have added to the value. For example, 'this week, what was something new that you learned? or this week what did you apply from your coursework?'
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 5 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: I think having to write the journal articles after you did the work was successful, because you were able to remember what you had done and give an accurate description. We did not have much collaboration, but when we met in class we would sit in a circle and everyone would share what they had been doing, to see where everybody else was at. Otherwise, it would have been a little daunting, given an assignment but you don't know what everybody else is doing. It helped to keep you on track... It was different [from traditional papers], but in the end it was easier to write and I felt more comfortable with the end product because basically, I am the textbook. I'm the one writing it... I think [success for the course was] having us feel like whatever placement we did was really gonna supplement our future, reflecting that through the writing, because what [the instructor was] hoping to get out of it is that we all feel comfortable going into whatever our professional future may be, having had this experience and feeling more prepared for it. So I think for her, a reflection that shows that you felt it was valuable towards your future was what she would define as success... My major is so specified... that other coursework was part of it... I had attended programs, become an educator, and got to put that on my resume... I wrote my resume before we went through it in class... I had already written a resume... Someone from Career Services came into our class several times... resume... cover letters... how to interview... I did edit my resume, we were supposed to supply and edit a draft... It did really help me to write a resume, because it was the first time I had written a formal one.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 4 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: [The writing assignments] were more motivating me, because otherwise there was no tracking of what you were doing. And in the end when you had to write the field report, it helped. And it helped when you were doing the placement. You had to think about what you were doing because you had to write about it later... I didn't even have to read my entries when writing my final field report, because writing them the first time helped me remember exactly what I did do and what I wanted to write about. It was more rounded in the end, because of looking at it as a whole... To look at the requirements of the field report, because we were given a specific outline of what needed to be in it, and then I just did it from memory. I could have looked at the journals. I might have glanced at them, but I never copy and pasted because I didn't feel I needed to...The format was, it had to be a certain number of pages, you had to have background information on whatever organization you were volunteering with.... a list of your supervisors, your role, and then you had to go further into it, and say how was this informing my career, and how will it supplement it.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 3 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Over the semester, we were supposed to write a journal article a week, and we were supposed to compose our final report based on all of them... At first it seemed redundant, because I had already submitted the work. Another challenge was getting all the hours in, because the requirements for the field report were that you had done a hundred hours... Every journal entry was supposed to stand for eight hours of field placement work. The first half of each journal was supposed to be a summary of what you did, a page and a half long. But the second part was your reflections.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 2 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: [The course] was very self-directed. In the classroom, there were about 30 students, from multiple majors, because Animal Science has to do their capstone with Food Science and Human Nutrition. We met once a week and it was for an hour and fifteen minutes, so ... the whole purpose of the in-class meetings was to catch up on what everybody was doing... Outside of the class, it was different for everybody...
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Food Sciences, Health, and Nutrition, clip 1 of 13
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Jimenez, Elizabeth ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: It was required as the capstone course in my major... also for my specific program, for Dietetics, to apply to future internships. We have to complete a didactic program that includes doing 100 hours as a field experience, as part of a bigger plan.