Day in the Life of a Dietetics Student

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Happy Tuesday! I looked at the calendar and my school has a month until finals! While I’m mentally throwing confetti and day-dreaming about summer, I know we’ve still got a ways to go. Keep on keepin’ on, y’all. The finish line is nearly within reach!

For today’s post, I decided to write a day in my life based on last Thursday. Right now, I live on campus and have 15 credits of classes, mostly for my business minor. If this is something y’all are interested in, I can do more in the coming months!

Morning

7:00 am—I usually aim to be up by this time, but that goal has gotten harder throughout the semester. Although I set my alarm for 7-ish, it usually takes me 15-20 minutes to convince myself to really get up.

7:30 am—Workout. I originally planned to go for a run. But after I reached my personal goal of running a half marathon last month, I haven’t felt as motivated to get out the door so quickly. Instead I opt for a YouTube yoga video. I usually alternate with Yoga with Adriene or Five Parks Yoga depending on my energy level.

8:00 am—Shower and get ready for the day.

8:30 am—Eat and out the door. Lately I’ve been eating breakfast at the dining hall (d hall) so I can get breakfast and coffee. Today, however, I choose to make peanut butter banana toast in my dorm and get coffee at the Starbucks on campus

9:00 am—Work. I have a job at the campus learning center (though we go by LU Success!) I spend the morning working on outlines for student appointments and doing some online training

11:00 am—Class 1 of 2. It’s a short walk across campus to the business building for my first class of the day: MISY 1373. To be honest, I don’t know the actual name of the class! It’s an intro business course that covers how to use Excel, Access, and other useful programs for businesses. I enjoy the class because we get all our work done in class and it has real world applications.

Afternoon

12:10 pm—Resume critique. As long as other students and I do our work, my MISY professor is very flexible on attendance. So I leave a little early and go to the career center to see if someone can review my resume. Luckily, they allow walk-ins and one of the career advisers gives me some tips on how to improve mine. I’m trying to apply for summer jobs, so this will allow me to really start moving forward on that!

12:30 pm—Lunch at d hall. We’ve had fast food chains on campus for about a year, but most days I prefer d hall’s variety. Over the past semester, I’ve gotten better at making salads, so that’s my go-to for lunch. Today I made a spinach salad with cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, some kind of grain (millet?), chicken, and sautéed peppers.

I prefer d hall too because some days I’ll go when friends are there, and today is one of those!

1:45 pm—A friend and I stayed after everyone else left to keep talking. Because I have time before my second class, I walk with her to her campus job and do some homework. There’s just enough time for me to take a Pathophysiology quiz that’s due today.

2:20—Class 2 of 2. I walk past the library into the Family and Consumer Science building for my Nutritional Biochemistry class for my dietetics major. We just took a test over gluconeogenesis, lipid metabolism, and alcohol catabolism, so we spend time reviewing the test. During the second half of class, marketing come in for student photos. My professor gives us the option to leave, and because I don’t feel very photo-worthy (I did rush a little getting ready that morning), I go sit in the library to do a little more work and enjoy the break.

4:00 pm—Another hour at work. On-campus job hours are always interesting because they’re squeezed into 9:00 to 5:00, along with classes. So sometimes that means going into work for just an hour. I planned to meet with a student, but they cancel, so instead I help one of the other Success Partners.

5:00 pm—Back to d hall. I end up eating with someone from my church and I appreciate the chance to talk with her a little.

Evening

6:00 pm—Church set-up. My church’s college service Midweek meets on Thursdays (the name’s leftover from when we used to meet on Wednesdays). Even though the service isn’t till 8, we need to set-up early enough so the band can practice. Another guy from my church and I haul our equipment to an auditorium in one of my school’s buildings.

8:00 pm—Midweek begins. The more I write about this, the more I realize that this isn’t a typical Thursday for me! Instead of our pastor, the campus Baptist Student Ministry intern delivers an amazing sermon over a passage in Colossians!

9:30 pm—The service finishes. People usually go to a local coffee shop after the service, but tonight I go back to my room to de-stress after the long day. I finish some homework and watch a little YouTube before calling it a night at 11:30.

Overall, I enjoyed this day for the chance to spend time with friends and the flexibility I had, which I really appreciated, especially at this point in the semester.

What’s a day in your life look like right now?

Until next time,
Emmalee

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