I finished my LAST first day of school yesterday! It felt a little surreal to be back at the School of Public Health after my four-month summer break. Yep, we do the summer break thing big here at SPH—it’s the Michigan difference. 🙂
I’m excited to get this year started. To be honest, my experience at grad school last year wasn’t quite what I expected. I barged into the school year wearing nutrition-colored rosy glasses and was pretty shocked that my pre-determined schedule for the year contained only 3 nutrition classes. Two semesters of biostatistics layered with epidemiology, exercise physiology, and biochemistry took over my life and nutrition seemed to be a hazy topic for the future.
Now, I see the light at the end of the tunnel! I’m ready to get my nutrition on, and I’m honestly excited for each of my classes this semester. Here’s what I’m taking:
Pathophysiology of Obesity
Psychosocial Factors in Health-Related Behavior
Food Service Management
Professional Perspectives of Environmental Health Sciences
Right now, I’m most excited for Clinical Nutrition. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of associating nutrition and dietetics strictly with weight loss, but nutrition has a large impact on disease state as well. I’m hoping this class will broaden my horizons and help me pinpoint my career interests. Plus, we are having a Celiac Disease Potluck. 🙂 Any good gluten-free recipe suggestions?
I have three classes back-to-back on Tuesday and Thursday without a lunch break, so I toted my handy lunch box around to each class.
I packed baby carrots, hummus chips made with chickpea flour, and Sabra original hummus.
The chips were a little funky—not quite my jam. The hummus was out of this world, though, mainly because it was FREE. I spotted this truck a few weeks ago.
I also enjoyed an unpictured almond butter and jam sandwich and this GoGo Squeez cinnamon applesauce.
I’m that girl eating yogurt with a plastic straw because I forgot to pack a spoon, so the squeezable packaging really sucked me in. This was “clean eating” in its finest form—no mess, plus the applesauce contains just apples and cinnamon. Win.
After class, I manned a table at a student organization fair for first-year students. I ate strawberry cheesecake (!!!) Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and invited people to join Student Advocates for Nutrition, an organization that I co-chair.
My friend Lindsay made this beautiful spinach bouquet from our community garden to entice first year students to join our group. Who doesn’t love free produce?
Great first day! In other news, I ran an errand downtown today and parked my car for about twenty minutes. When I returned, I thought it was weird that my lights were on and then realized that my car was unlocked and running. Apparently, I didn’t turn off the engine, take the keys out of the ignition, or park my car. What?! Who am I?? First day jitters? I’m so thankful that my car was still there and not 20 minutes away. I celebrated its safety with a cinnamon spice tea.
Enjoy your day and turn off your engine!