For a twist on the traditional What I Ate Wednesday, I wanted to give you some insight into what a day in the life of a nutrition student is like. I decided to highlight my classes from Monday because I only have one class on Tuesday and spent most of the day doing homework.
My brain is mush this week because I have a giant certification exam (ServSafe Exam) next Monday for my Foodservice class and I’ve been studying for it whenever I have an ounce of free time. This is a test all about food safety- (Example: cooking specific food to the correct temperatures, foodborne illnesses and the bacteria/viruses that cause them, etc). Don’t be surprised if I go into hiding until after I’ve taken it. Must. Keep. Studying.
7:30 a.m.- Human Nutrition Assessment Lab is cancelled this week so I slept in! Normally my Monday starts with a 5:00 a.m. wakeup call when I have lab.
9:00 a.m. – Shower, eat breakfast, pack my lunch, etc.
9:45 a.m.- Leave for my commute downtown to class
10:30 a.m.- NTR 450: Nutrition in the Life Cycle; Today we learned about metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes as it relates to pregnancy and fertility; We also met with our groups for our upcoming “Controversial Topics” presentation (my group is doing dietary supplements during pregnancy: good or bad?)
11:40 a.m.- Get out of class a couple of minutes early and I just happen to be walking by Starbucks on the way to my next one! Grab a latte for the walk there.
11:50 a.m.- Get to my next class early, eat my lunch of carrots, trail mix, and sandwich consisting of almond butter & strawberry preserves (the best combination in my opinion!)
12:00 p.m.- NTR 445: Management of Foodservice Systems; Learn about our Capstone project in more detail. We will be developing a menu, ordering ingredients, forecasting costs & sale prices, developing a production schedule for the kitchen, marketing our menu, and evaluating outcomes through surveys/evaluations. It’s going to be a busy semester!
12:50 p.m.- Walk to my next class in the beautiful sunshine!
1:00 p.m.- Next class doesn’t start for half an hour, so I eat more snacks, study for ServSafe, and chat with colleagues in my classroom
1:30 p.m.- NTR 350: Nutrition Counseling; Learn about various theories of learning and how to develop effective learning outcomes when formulating lesson plans and how to assess these outcomes.
2:20 p.m.- Class is done for the day! Walk to my car, head back to my neck of the woods
3:00 p.m.- Go to Starbucks (again) before yoga to kill some time. Study some more and pick up a greek yogurt with honey for a snack (my favorite).
4:00 p.m.- Hot yoga! Have to sweat out all those toxins.
5:15 p.m.- Arrive home, walk the dog, shower, etc.
6:00 p.m.- Make dinner consisting of giant salad and greek orzo pasta salad. Eat dinner while studying ServSafe.
7:00 p.m.- Study more ServSafe. In case you were wondering, the minimum internal cooking temperature to prevent the growth of pathogens for stuffed lobster is 165°F (74°C) for 15 seconds. See, you learn something new everyday!
9:00 p.m.- Hit a wall, decide to call it a night and watch a few episodes of House Hunters and Sister Wives (guilty pleasure).
10:00 p.m.- Bedtime (made it to bed early today for once!)
What did you learn this week?