The First Day Of Many…

…on the road to officially becoming a Registered Dietitian!

Today was the first day back at school. UBC doesn’t run classes on the first day though, they have what is called Imagine Day. A day for new students to have campus orientations, and for returning students to attend workshops, faculty functions, and check out all of the clubs and organizations available to get involved in. Oh, and you can buy your books and all that jazz…if you were silly enough to leave it to the last minute and like all the crowds.

I considered not going to school today until I received an email late in August asking for current dietetics students to volunteer for an informal Q & A session with students considering applying to the program. I attended the same session last year, and found it very beneficial to get to talk to the students one on one, so I decided to be a part of it this year.

Of course, this meant I had to get up early. Summer has ended when the early mornings start again.

I made sure to fuel up with a good breakfast.


Blackberry custard oatmeal anyone? (Based on my Apricot Custard Oatmeal recipe).


Topped with a little coconut butter. I just bought a new jar. The fresh stuff is phenomenal.


Plus a glass of refreshing cranberry juice for good measure.


Soon enough I had packed up my bag, and was off for the day.


Why hello there newly dyed red hair and hair cut (please excuse how messy it looks – it was super windy today!)


Good ol’ Land and Food Systems building. My home on campus. 

The info session went well, and I hope the people who attended found it useful. It was even beneficial for myself, as I got to talk to some students who are further along in the program, as well as meet some of the people in my class. We all got official name tags, and little gifts for volunteering. 


All emblazoned with our faculty’s name and motto – Faculty of Land and Food Systems – Grounded in Science – Global in Scope.


After the session, we all made our way down to grab a bite to eat at the faculty Welcome Back BBQ.


I know, I know, I just posted about packing healthy school lunches, but it’s the Welcome Back BBQ! And it’s free, so technically, I didn’t spend any unnecessary money 🙂

I enjoyed a veggie burger with cheese and lettuce.


And the fact that the sunshine appeared on what started out as a dreary rainy day.

I considered heading home right after lunch, but remembered that all the clubs and organizations would be setting up tables along Main Mall, and usually give out a bunch of free swag. So I wandered around campus, taking in all the first day back hub-bub.


I made my way through all the booths, and discovered at the end of Main Mall a section called the Sustainability Lounge.


Sustainability is very prominent in UBC’s campus culture, especially in the faculty I’m in. I loved the message displayed in the lounge.


I just hope the majority of students took the time to walk all the way to the end and take in the Sustainability Lounge. Not only for the importance of message, but they also had little mini cupcakes down there.


Delicious, even with the electric blue icing 🙂

Once I’d had enough school spirit for the day, I made my way back to the bus loop, and made the epic trek back to the ‘burbs.

I was very selective in my swag collecting this year – I passed on all the candy offerings and anything else I wouldn’t use.


Just a few notebooks, guides, some tea, and a reusable bag. Because you can never have enough reusable bags, right?

Back at home, I caught up on the 8 million school emails I received over the course of the day (and yes, it was only the first day!), and before I knew it mom had dinner ready.


She had cooked up some pork chops the night before, and thought it would be fun to turn the leftovers into fried rice. I gave her my go to recipe, and she whipped up a pretty tasty version with carrots, green onion, peas, corn, pork, and eggs.


She swears I’ve never made fried rice for her and the family before, except I know I found the recipe when I wanted to make my dad some BBQ pork fried rice. It’s his absolute favourite Chinese food dish. I even went and got the BBQ pork from the Asian market. But no one remembers that. Le sigh.

After dinner I headed for a fun night of Zumba. Funny story – apparently some people in our class told the instructors that “the 2 girls at the front of the class” should become instructors as well. Those 2 girls would be me and my sister. I have like, no Latin rhythm whatsoever. Me as a Zumba instructor is…well, laughable!

I ran some quick errands at the grocery store, then came back home to enjoy a spoonful or two of ice cream.


Mmm, chocolate macadamia nut. Ben & Jerry, you make good ice cream.

So…first day of school complete! Tomorrow though, it’s back to the grind. Classes start, and lucky me, I’ll be there for lunch, so I’ll get to put my brown baggin’ skillz to good work.

If you went back to school or work today after the long weekend, how did it go?

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8 Comments on “The First Day Of Many…”

  1. September 8, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    congrats on getting through the first day! and i love the new hair :]

    and i think it’s really cool that you were willing to drag yourself outta bed early on a day that’s typically stressful enough to help out all the little potential newbie diatetic students. i still waver all the time on what i want to pursue career-wise and diatetics is one of my options. but i just don’t know…how did you know that it was right for you?

  2. September 8, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Good luck at your first day of classes today! You’ll do great. I might see you in FNH 370 tomorrow!

  3. Roz
    September 8, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Hi Marianne,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while, and I really like it. I’m in Vancouver too, and my family is in Victoria, so it’s fun for me to see familiar places through your eyes! Good luck at school.

  4. September 8, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Oh yeah – I totally forgot it was a whole new start for you! Congrats!!!! 🙂 So is this going to be a two year program?

    And on another note – you look great as a red head!!!! Way to show up stylin’ for the first day back.

    PS: Vij’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. September 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    OMG…I’m so envious…if I could turn back time I’d love to be a dietician…and not an accountant!!!

  6. September 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Beautiful oats! I really love berries & coconut together.

  7. September 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    I linked to this blog post from the homepage of the Faculty of Land & Food Systems. Good luck in your epic quest!


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