A fellow blogger and nutrition major that I am obsessed with just wrote a “Day In The Life Of A Dietetics Student” blog post, and it inspired me to do the same!
The beauty of being a college student is never having a typical day, there’s always something different going on. But here is a fairly good representation of how I spend a day being a dietetics student!
On Tuesday and Thursdays I have three classes, the first one at 8:00am. Now that I’m a senior in college, I’ve lowered my getting ready time to about twenty minutes. I set everything out the night before, so all I have to do is get up, wash my face, get dressed, make coffee, and head out the door! I drive to school, so I have to give myself at least 20 minutes to drive, park, and walk to class. My alarm goes off at 7:10, and by 7:30 I’m leaving with hot coffee in my hand.
The nutrition building (as you can see) is a super old building on campus and has yet to be renovated. But I’ve grown to love the lack of air flow, bad lighting, unique tile floors, and tiny bathrooms.
My first class of the day is Advanced Nutrition ll. We go in depth into every single vitamin and mineral. From dietary sources of the vitamin, to how it’s metabolized we learn it all! Today, we learned about vitamin D!
My next class, Medical Nutrition Therapy is in the same room at 9:30. I used the few minutes before class to study for the test we were having, while eating a banana. In this class, we bring everything we’ve learned so far together and how we can use it to help patients. Today’s test was on nutrition assessments/diagnosis, acid-base balances, drug and nutrient interactions, and some other basic nutrition assessment information.
After the test, I headed to a coffee shop on campus to get some work done, and start researching dietetic internships! Dietetic internships are usually about one year long and are needed to be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam. Most undergraduate dietetics students hope to get into an internship, so they are pretty competitive. It takes tons of planning and the application process is pretty strenuous, so I’m trying to start early. I got another coffee (it was a long night of studying..) and also ate an apple while doing some research on different programs.
I then headed back over to the nutrition building for a meeting with one of our professors to talk about potential dietetic internships. While I was waiting for our meeting time, I ate a wrap that I had packed (sprouts, cucumber, spinach, and hummus) while answering some e-mails.
After my meeting, I headed back home for a quick snack and to relax for a few minutes. I usually have my nutrition counseling class at 12:30, but we are doing one-on-one counseling sessions this week, and mine isn’t until next week so I didn’t have to go! Wahoo! I love that class though, because it’s so cool to learn different counseling methods and ways to talk to clients.
Once I got home, I washed up all my dishes from the morning and my lunch box, and made a green smoothie! I put spinach, banana, lemon, ginger, and spirulina in this one. I drank it while watching one of my favorite vegan vloggers, Plantriotic.
After a quick relaxing session, I headed back out to volunteer at an awesome program that our dietetics club is helping with. On my way there, I pick up a Clif Bar at Earth Fare to snack on while I drove there.
The program is called the Western Watauga Food Outreach Project. It’s a weekly food distribution of donated and locally grown food to people that need it. The location of the project is in a food desert, so it’s a great place for people that can drive twenty minutes to town to get fresh food. It was so awesome getting to help give out healthy, and fresh food to people that need it. There was tons of donated kale, tomatoes, lettuce, and green beans.
Once I got home, I was ready for dinner! So I made some rice, and paired it with some sautéed kale, onions, garlic, and green beans. I also used some lemons to give it some bonus flavor and boost my iron absorption! Vitamin C helps our bodies absorb iron, so I’m trying to pair up those foods as often as I can, or at least when I remember to!
After finishing up dinner, I had a glass of red moscato and wrote out my grocery list for in the morning. Writing grocery lists is one of my favorite things to do, I always look forward to not only going to the grocery store but planning out everything I’ll need for the week (nerd alert!). Maybe this is just something us nutrition majors secretly enjoy, because most of my friends share this love with me..so at least I know I’m not the only college student that finds enjoyment in this simple task.
I then spent the rest of the evening working on the powerpoint for our monthly dietetics club meeting. There is always so much stuff happening within our club, a powerpoint is the easiest way to go through it all. I also love making powerpoints (nerd alert!) so it was a great way to spend a Thursday night.
Hope you all enjoyed a peek into my day!