Day in the Life of a Dietetics Student

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 a 15 credits of classes, although most of those are business courses for the minor I picked up. If this is something y’all are interested in, I can do more in the coming months!

7:00 am—Seven am is what I usually aim to be up by, but that goal has gotten more difficult as the semester’s gone on. I still set my alarm for 7-ish, but it usually takes me 15-20 minutes to convince myself to start doing something

7:30 am—Workout. I was planning 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 a breakfast and coffee in one step, but today I felt like making peanut butter banana toast in my dorm and getting 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 where I have my first class of the day: MISY 1373. To be honest, I don’t know the actual name of the class, but 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 (I had a very, very basic understanding of Excel, but I didn’t realize all the cool stuff you can do with it!)

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 and Professional Development center in the business building to see if someone can look over 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 chains on campus for a little over a year in our student center food court (Chick-fil-a’s is my current favorite!), but most days I prefer d hall for the variety. Over the past semester, I’ve gotten better at making salads based on the various things offered at the different stations, 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 I know there’s certain days there will be friends to catch up with, and today is one of those days. 

1:45 pm—A friend and I stayed after everyone else left to keep talking, and because I have a little time to kill before my second class, I walk with her to where she works on campus and do some homework there. 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 second class: Nutritional Biochemistry. We just took a test over gluconeogenesis, lipid metabolism, and alcohol catabolism, so we spend most of the class reviewing how we did. During the second half of class, professional photographers come in for marketing photos of students. My professor gives us the option to leave if we want, and because I don’t feel very photo-worthy (I did rush a little getting ready that morning), I leave and 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 last minute, so I spend the rest of the hour helping one of the other Success Partners with their office hours.

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.

6:00 pm—Church set-up. My church’s college service Midweek meets on Thursdays (which isn’t technically the middle of the week, but it’s a holdover 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 over our equipment stored at a nearby church, and carry it 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 very typical Thursday for me! Instead of our college pastor, who’s out of town, the campus Baptist Student Ministry intern, a former student and attender of Midweek, preaches on a passage out of Colossians and delivers an amazing sermon!

9:30 pm—The service finishes. People usually make plans to go to a local coffee shop or somewhere in the area after the service, but tonight I choose to go back to my room and 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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