It’s time for part two of my series documenting a typical day for myself as a 3rd year UBC dietetics student this semester. If you missed part one, check it out here. Not only does this give me a way to record the whole RD in Training experience, hopefully it may help others who are looking at applying to the UBC Dietetics program, so they can get a feel of what it might be like for them.
A Day In The Life Of A UBC Year 3 Dietetics Student – Tuesday Edition
6:30 am – Alarm goes off. Roll over, look at cat, jealous that you can’t stay curled up in bed any longer.
6:40 am – Actually get out of bed. Proceed with usual morning stuff.
6:50 am – Enter kitchen in search of food. Spy pumpkin scones. Minimal effort? Perfect!
Toasted and spread with some of my homemade Vanilla Rooiboos Apple Butter. Divine.
7:00 am – Consume breakfast while perusing the interweb. Some of it was for school, so it’s okay.
7:25 am – Pack some snacks for school.
Cottage cheese, snap peas, and mystery hummus. Again, minimal effort.
7:30 am – Get dressed, pack back, put on a face.
7:45 am – Hitch a ride with mom to the train station.
8:05 – 8:25 am – Ridin’ the train. No iPod, because someone failed to charge it the night before.
8:38 – 9:13 am – Bus ride to school. Most of it spent dozing. Something about that bus just lulls me to sleep!
9:30 – 10:50 am – Nutrition Assessment class. Consume cottage cheese at some point. During lecture, sample of various foods are passed around, and we have to guess their volume and weight. It’s an exercise to show how hard it is for nutrition students to estimate portion sizes, and therefore how much harder it would be for Ordinary Joe. One of the bags includes a slab of raw steak. So weird.
11:00 am – 11:45 am – UBC Dietetics Newsletter Committee meeting. I will be writing a few articles over the course of the year. Gonna be a published author…even if it’s only for the Residence Newsletters.
12:00 – 12:38 pm – Bus ride back to train station. Pea and hummus consumed. More napping ensues.
12:40 – 12:58 pm – Train ride back to ‘burbs.
1:00 – 1:22 pm – Dad drives me back home.
1:30 pm – Time to make lunch. Prep a tasty soup.
1:57 pm – Decide I need my soup bowl, so head out to the garage to dig them out of storage. This involves scaling a wooden step ladder that is older than me. Manage to complete task without breaking dishes or myself. Success!
2:15 pm – Time to eat!
2:16 – 3:20 pm – Computer time while trying to not slurp soup on the keyboard.
3:22 pm – Photograph beets. That’s normal, right?
3:30 – 4:15 pm – Decide to take advantage of the sunny afternoon and go for a walk around the neighbourhood. I’ve decided I need to incorporate walks into my daily schedules again. They are great for clearing my mind and getting some creative thinking done.
4:20 pm – Enjoy a snack of frozen grapes and an amaretti cookie.
4:30 – 7:00 pm – Internet, watch news, nap, watch hockey. End up not having dinner because it was ready too late for…
7:30 – 8:30 pm – Zumba class at the gym!
8:45 pm – Arrive back at home, ready to eat my arm. Quickly transform portions of my family’s dinner into something I’d like to eat.
Like taking a slice of meatloaf and making it into a sandwich with sprouted grain bread, dijon, and mayo.
And turning “apple salad” (apples + Miracle Whip) into something more salad like, with spinach, craisins, and pistachios.
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Eat dinner while working on dietetics blog.
9:30 – 10:30 pm – Continue said work, becoming completely obsessive with obtaining the perfect justification and layout of your resume portion. Only get the employment section complete.
10:31pm – Remember your iPod still needs to be charged, run upstairs, plug in.
10:33 pm – Finally put dietetics blog away for the night.
10:35 pm – Read other classmates’ blogs. Find them fascinating and motivating. Realize I need to come up with something good for my Welcome page and Profile.
10:50 pm – Figure I should write this blog post for tonight.
12:19 am – Finish post…because I’m slow. And it’s not even that good. Sorry.
12:22 am – Publish said post so I can do readings for tomorrow, in hopes of getting to bed before 1 am.
And on that note…night!