My Week at Uni – Apathetic

Spending my time wishing the days away but also knowing I don’t have much time left and a lot of work to do. I’ve entered a stage of apathy about this degree now. I began this degree with a hunger to learn about nutrition and to help people. I finish it with the same hunger but a feeling of frustration at the education system and a massive debt. Don’t get me wrong I have enjoyed the time and learnt a lot but there is still a lot science doesn’t know and I’m not able to enjoy the learning and engage with it as much as I want to because everything is overshadowed by so many assessments.

I’m done with expecting to get the grade I deserve because I know I won’t, I don’t have the time or resources to give each assessment my full focus because there are just too many of them and I’m done with expectations. I just want to finish this degree and get the piece of paper that says I’m officially allowed to go out and actually help people and make a difference.

Last few weeks, this week I did attend one lecture live, the rest I watched the recordings which is a much better for me. I spent each morning on focused assessment work and then the afternoons doing the lectures. This is the timetable that works well for me and whilst it means lecturers email about low attendance it means I can get the work done and still attend the lectures (even if I don’t do it live). We had lectures on emotional intelligence, folic acid and eating disorders. A mixed bag but all interesting and informative.

I’m entering my last few weeks of lectures and I cannot wait for them to all be over just so I can focus on the assessments and get those done. I have my final exam date – 6th May, so now I know that’s the day I’m working towards. That’s the light at the end of the tunnel, the date I’m clinging on to and gradually moving towards. I feel like that’s what the country’s feeling about 21st June. For me, I just need to make it to the end of 6th May.

Personal learning this week: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  • /7 /12 /52 – these are the way doctors note time so if a patient says they’ve had a sore throat for 3 days it’d be written 3/7 (3 days out of 7 in a week), if they’ve had a rash for 4 weeks it’d be 4/52 (4 weeks out of 52 in a year) or if they’ve had a pain for 2 months it’d be 2/12 (2 months out of 12 in a year).
  • Three times as many men as women die by suicide – I already knew this statistic but it’s still shocking. I’m currently doing an assessment for my psychology module about use of sport to reduce depression in men and I found that in 2019, 4,303 men died by suicide in the UK. That’s only the number for one year, just for men who died by suicide. The highest rates are also found in men aged 45-49. Try to check in with people you know and love. Don’t just ask are you ok? Ask a second time and give them silence and space to talk. Listen to them and don’t try to fix things, just be there.
  • Vitamin B9 is the only vitamin in which its synthetic form is better absorbed in the body then by food – Vitamin B9, also known as folate or folic acid, is something you should get plenty of if you eat a diet focused on variety and plants. There’s a lot of folate in different legumes, beans and green veggies. Folate is the name for the B9 that comes from food and folic acid is the name for the B9 in supplement form. Whilst folic acid is better absorbed that folate, it’s not necessary to supplement generally as you should be able to get more than enough in your diet. The only time supplementation is necessary is if you plan to get pregnant or are pregnant.

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