The first week of school has officially come to a close. Sure, it was a short week (only 3 days worth of classes), but I’ve now become acquainted with my new classes, new instructors, and new colleagues. Yes, they aren’t just classmates, but colleagues. The 31 other people who were also selected to enter the UBC Dietetics Class of 2013. Although we only all meet for an hour every week right now, I see many of them in my other classes, and will be working with them more closely in future classes and in our internships in the next two years.
So, what does my 1st semester of Dietetics look like?
- Human Physiology – pretty straight forward what this class entails. It is unique though, as it is a year long class. There’s a lot to learn about the human body! Perhaps that’s why the textbook set me back $177 😦
- Nutrition Assessment – another class I’m sure you can figure out. But I am looking forward to it, as it’s a pretty important subject in the field of dietetics.
- Land, Food, and Community II – this a continuation of the class I took last year, as part of the core classes in our faculty. We look at the relationships between agriculture, food systems, and food security on a local level, and within national and global contexts.
- Professional Dietetic Practice I – our only “dietetics only” class. Through guest speakers, discussions, and assignments we’ll develop our own learning plan to meet the competencies required to meet accreditation requirements of Dietitians of Canada.
And so far, I’ve got a few things to look forward to in my classes:
- Only 1 midterm, and only 2 finals
- Getting to select the project I want to work on for the semester in my Land, Food, and Community class. I will be working with a group on the importance of BC’s fisheries for food security in the province. I look forward to drawing on my fisheries background.
- Designing a professional dietetics blog.
Yes, you heard that right.
One of my major assignments involves designing a blog.
I have a feeling that is one assignment that will go pretty smoothly. In fact, I wanted to get started on it this weekend. Too bad our faculty IT site doesn’t seem to want to let me register for it. Hmph.
My student membership to Dietitians of Canada has been quickly filling up my mail box – both physical and electronic – with things. Like notices of upcoming seminars and lectures that I can hopefully attend. And pre-screen information from industry about new products that may be of interest to a dietitian.
To be honest, I was a little miffed when I saw that stuff in the mail. I don’t know how I feel about my address being given to food companies so they can send me their fact sheets on the latest and greatest products. I’ll wait and see how much stuff I end up being sent before I decide if I need to contact them and ask to have it removed.
School and dietetics aren’t the only things in my world currently filling up with new things. My social calendar seems to be quickly filling up with lunches, dinners, guest lectures, foodie events, and blogger meet ups – all to be documented here, of course. I even have a trip to Victoria in the works for Hallowe’en weekend. Finding a way to balance it all with school, commuting, work, sleep, and exercise should be interesting, but I’m up for it.
And because this is a food blog, I’ve made sure to procure a few new eats to try out in the next little while.
Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal. Another variety makes its way north of the boarder.
Liberté Organic Kefir – a fermented milk product, packed with probiotics. I’ve always admired it from afar, but finally bit the bullet and bought some.
Ch-ch-ch-chia! Not that I haven’t tried chia seeds before, but only within a mixture of other foods.
Almond Fresh Unsweetened Almond Milk. Finally, a fresh almond milk that isn’t sweetened. And it’s made in Vancouver.
So it’s all about “In With The New” around here. I’m looking forward to all the learning and exploring ahead. And take comfort in the fact that some things stay the same.