So now that I’ve graduated from Brescia University College with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, I would like to talk to you about my past four years of university and what I have planned for my future.
Today we’ll start with reflecting back on my undergrad…
The picture above shows me on the left during my first ever visit to London, Ontario and to Brescia. I attended orientation in July 2010 and fell completely and utterly in love with Brescia during the first few moments I was there.
I knew it was the school for me.
The picture of me on the right is me on my graduation, June 2013. Although I am happy to be done my undergrad and hold a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, I will definitely be missing Brescia. In fact, I already do!
My undergrad was great! I did my first year of the four in Saskatchewan through the University of Saskatchewan, but realized after completing my first year that I needed some adventure, which is why I moved 2,473 kilometres away from home.
I also really wanted to get my degree in Food and Nutrition and Brescia offered a program that pulled me in, so I made London my home for the last three years of my undergrad.
All three years of my schooling that took place at Brescia were incredible – better than I could have ever imagined! I loved all of my professors, formed wonderful relationships with them as well as my classmates, and I became very involved in student council and other nutrition-related associations such as SHEA, LHEA, and OHEA.
I was even crowned Brescia Princess during my first year!
Brescia was a lot of fun. It definitely enhanced my confidence and taught me that I am actually capable of anything I set my mind to.
Brescia taught me to dream big and never back down. Even if my dreams seem a bit scary and too big…
Not only was Brescia fun, though. The classes were great, too! Obviously, my first few years were very geared towards nutrition and didn’t allow for too much specialization; however, once the years went on we were able to branch off and take classes about areas of dietetics that interested us most!
For me, these areas were Food Production as well as Community. Community was my all time favourite, though.
I took Community Nutrition as part of my module during my third year and then I went on to take Community 2 and Community 3 during my fourth and last year.
Community Nutrition focused a lot on health promotion as well as how to develop programs and implement them. For an example, my professor for community nutrition created a program called Nutrition Ignition and is implementing it into elementary schools among London. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this program over the course of this past school year.
Overall, I loved the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition program offered by Brescia and I would never change the way I went about getting my undergrad. It wasn’t easy (hello, Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry!), but like I said – I would never change what I studied or did.
However, when it came time to apply for dietetic internships this year to become a Registered Dietitian I did not feel ready nor did I feel interested.
Despite my long time dream of becoming a Registered Dietitian, I could not motivate myself to apply for internships.
I was not at all interested in clinical dietetics nor did I feel ready to complete an internship.
I felt, and still currently feel, that I need to know more. I need to learn more, study more, and become more confident in the field of nutrition.
Therefore, I did not apply for internships and began to look for other programs I could take this coming school year in order to learn more so I could feel more competent when the time to give nutritional advice does come.
I will leave this story here for now and continue on tomorrow
Have a great day! Love always,
What did you go to school for? Did you enjoy your undergrad? What were your favourite classes? Would you ever be interested in taking food and nutrition in university?