My Week at Uni – Counting Down

5 weeks of lectures to go, followed by 5 weeks of assessments. I feel like I’m on a hamster wheel: constantly working but not achieving anything or getting anywhere.

So, following on from last week, they moved the deadline for the draft report. I was relieved, frustrated, annoyed. Everything. I have more time to get more work done but I also now have to do it alongside all the other assessments which have really kicked off. I haven’t progressed much with my dissertation this week. It’s been busy. Lots of interesting lectures and 3 different assessments to work on a move forward.

All my hobbies had gone to one side so this week I made a point of taking time to read and cross-stitch and knit. It helped me feel a little better but I’m still so fed up with all these assessments. I know I’ve said this before but I love the learning and feel like it’s compromised by all the stupid assessments. I’m missing out on the full opportunities and full learning experience because of pointless assessments. Frustrating but not much I can do about it. I really would prefer exams and essays after the semester in the assessment period, not whilst I’m supposed to be learning the information!

Lectures were focused on stress in sport, urban farming, climate change, cardioprotective diets and nutrition in emergencies.


Personal learning this week: Time out to do something you enjoy, can help productivity more than just ploughing through.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  • Key points of a cardioprotective diet – your total fat intake should be 30% or less of total energy intake (but not too much less than 30%), saturated fat should be 10% or less of total energy intake. Try to replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats. Dietary cholesterol should be less than 300mg per day. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Two portions of fish (inc. one of oily fish) per week. Reduce salt and caffeine intake. Make sense right? Eat well and your heart will be happy.
  • 1/5 of global farm soil degraded by salt – with sea levels rising from climate change, a fifth of the world’s farm land has been decimated by salt. That earth can no longer be farmed, reducing the ability to grow much needed crops to feed people, destroying people’s livelihoods and ability to earn a living.
  • More miscarriages have been found in those living closer to rivers – this has been seen as another impact of climate change. With sea levels rising, salt has been getting from rivers into drinking water in some places. In Bangladesh, they found the salination levels of public drinking water was causing hypertension and for pregnant women to experience more miscarriages.

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