My Week at Uni – Repetitive

5 weeks in and next week is ‘student engagement week’; a week off from uni except for an exam in the middle of the week.

This week was a little frustrating, Monday the session was moved last minute and we were just provided with information on how to write a practical report which is something we’ve been doing for the past two years. No new info given. Tuesday was a bit similar, unfortunately our research methods session was not as useful as usual and was somewhat repetitive. We also had a physiology lab using Douglas Bags in which we used the same protocol we used last year…and the year before that! Luckily, Thursday saved the week a little, but only a little; it was a good session purely on the fact that the lecturer is so knowledgeable and some learning did take place but not a huge amount. It was definitely a week which made me wonder (again) about what my uni fees are paying for.

I was lucky enough to teach quite a few yoga classes again this week which always makes me happy. I’m struggling to focus on my uni work though. I’m enjoying my other work so much that I just want to spend all my time on that which means I have been slightly neglecting my uni work. Another issue is that the assessments we are currently working on are not very interesting; not that they’re meant to be, they’re meant to check our learning and our knowledge. It just makes it harder to want to put the work in.

I’m trying to remain positive but so far this year is not living up to my expectations. I thought the learning would focus a lot more on nutrition but, so far, it’s been mostly about research and statistics. Whilst the topics are sometimes interesting, and may be useful in future roles, it is not providing the nutritional knowledge I was hoping to gain through this course. It’s still early in the year and I’m still enjoying doing my own learning outside of the classroom.

Personal learning this week: Remember to do the hardest, most boring or difficult task first; otherwise it will be put off.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  • Tomato ketchup counts as one of your five a day! – Tomato ketchup actually has a higher lycopene content than a whole tomato making it great for vitamin A intake. However, it is also dense in sugars and calories so probably best to make sure you still get other fruits and veggies in your diet!
  • We have two anal sphincters! – An internal one and an external one. The internal one is involuntary; the body has waste or gas to get rid of and the sphincter opens. The external one (a couple of centimetres externally from the first) is voluntary; your brain chooses an appropriate time (usually when you are on the toilet!) to open and remove the waste from the body. Clever!
  • Dairy is not necessarily the best source of calcium – Increased consumption of calcium decreases blood pressure and osteoporotic risk (protects your bones), this is great and something we want more of. Fat, however, increases blood pressure and osteoporotic risk. Dairy contains both calcium and fat and the beneficial impact of calcium is negated but the ingestion of fat in the same food. Some calcium rich foods which may be better for you to absorb the vitamin are dark leafy greens like kale and collard greens, beans, oats and, if you eat fish, salmon.

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