One thing that’s great about getting into the junior and senior years of college is the fact that most of your classes relate to your major. As I said before, my major is dietetics, and this semester I’m taking: Community/Public Health Nutrition (School-Aged Child through Adulthood); Application of Nutrition Concepts; Quantity Food Service, Purchasing, & Operations; and Food Pathways of Diverse Groups. Needless to say, I’m knee-deep in nutrition!
I really do enjoy these classes, though, and not just because healthy eating is a passion of mine – I really feel like they are preparing me for my career. “Busywork”, or assignments that don’t really seem to have a point except to use up time, is a pet-peeve of mine, and I hate feeling like I’m wasting my effort. But for the most part, I feel like the assignments I’m getting in these classes are things that a real-world dietitian would be doing. An example: in my Quantity Foods class, one project we have is to prepare a “Cycle Menu”, or week’s worth of meals, for a certain group. I chose elementary students. But the assignment is more than just dishing out random foods to make a menu – we have to research nutritional needs, have a meal pattern, analyze our foods to make sure they are adequately nutritious – it’s like I’m working for a school district!
And I have the same types of projects in my other classes. It can certainly be time-consuming, but I enjoy the work and feel like it’s worthwhile. Because that’s the best thing college classes can do for you – prepare you for the future you want!