My Week at Uni – Final Stretch

It’s 2021 and the final semester of my final year of my BSc Human Nutrition. I’ve got that feeling where you can see the top of the hill so you keep moving and maybe even pick up the pace, but when you look up again it doesn’t seem to be getting any closer.

The Christmas/New Year break was amazing. Despite some last-minute craziness of trying to get my research project approved (which it finally was), it was actually really restful and relaxing. So, I started the year afresh, feeling good and positive. It’s been a bit of a mix of highs and lows over the past few weeks but all in all I’m still on that path and steadily making my way to the summit (still on the hill metaphor).

I had an exam which seemed to go ok and I launched my research project data collection. Quick plug – if you happen to be female and eating a plant-based diet please complete this survey ( it only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and you’ll really be helping me out. Alternatively, if you know anyone else who fits that criteria please send them the link. Thank you!

Last Monday, semester 2 started, all online as it has been this year and this term I have lectures 5 days a week. I have 4 different modules currently running and a couple of days I have the joys of 4 hour lectures which are really difficult to stay really present for, my brain just gets a bit knackered by the last hour!

Mondays and Tuesdays, I have Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport, Wednesdays, Applied and Clinical Nutrition, Thursdays I have Global Challenges in Food and Health and Fridays the Research Project. So far, Psychology is interesting but the lecturer is not the best, not the most engaging, quite patronising and likes to stroke his own ego (interesting for someone talking about psychology). Applied and Clinical Nutrition is all about working with individuals and applying what we’ve learnt into practice and clinical settings. So fascinating and we have some incredible lecturers teaching us so I’m excited about what’s to come. Global Challenges is so important and fascinating, looking at our current issues in terms of food and  and we have a lecturer who is so knowledgeable and I cannot wait to learn from her as well as the guest lecturers we’ve got booked in. Lastly the Research Project is a continuance of last semester, the lectures go alongside our projects to help guide us through somewhat, even if they are poorly planned out and not timetabled in alignment with the stages of our projects!!

I’m writing this on Thursday evening. I did my Friday lecture early by watching a recording of one of the earlier sessions with a different group this week because I move tomorrow. Again! I moved last November to help my partner’s gran sort out her property to sell it and now that’s done we’re moving into our own new place. As you’re reading this we’ll be in Reading, unpacking and settling in.

I hope you’re having a good 2021 so far and if you’re still with me on this blog series, congrats for making it this far. It’s the final stretch and I’m really glad to have you with me.

Personal learning this week: “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, Shakespeare.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  • One in ten 5 – 16-year-olds experience a mental health problem – how worrying and upsetting is that statistic. Even more worryingly – the average number of years children wait to receive treatment for a mental health problem is 10 years. That’s the average length of time so some wait even longer!
  • Eating non-food items like chalk, dirt, uncooked pasta, etc is common in pregnancy! – how very odd! Eating and craving non-food items for at least a month is an eating disorder known as Pica. It can happen for a number of different reasons but is pretty common during pregnancy! How strange.
  • Variety is the spice of life – most have heard the phrase “eat the rainbow” this is so true for a number of different reasons. I knew about this because of the different vitamins and minerals in different coloured vegetables but this is also true for non-nutritive substances. Non-nutritive substances do not add to our nutrition but can reduce our likelihood of developing certain diseases. Another reason to eat more vegetables and a variety of foods in general.

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