Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a nutrition and dietetics student

Final year BSc Nutrition and Dietetics student Niamh Chess tells us a bit about what it’s like to study at Surrey – from her typical timetable, to how she winds down after a busy day.

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"Monday mornings always get the week off to a busy start, with lectures from 9:00am until 1:00pm. These are often interactive, for example this week we were taught about bariatric surgery and got to see a gastric band. After the lectures, I had a catch-up lunch at Hillside with my friends to find out about everyone’s weekends. After lunch, we had lectures from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, and I then spent the afternoon in the Library finishing off coursework ready for the deadline. After a busy day, I went to a gym class at Surrey Sports Park.


Tuesday was less busy this week, with no lectures, so instead I spent the day in the Library finishing coursework and working on my research project, which is about dietary constraints of people with ileostomies. In the evening, I went to my coursemate’s house to de-stress and have some ‘no work allowed’ time. This is where we have some food and watch a film, and are not allowed to talk about university work.


In the morning, we have lectures from 10:00am until 12:00pm, which this week featured interactive case studies calculating patients’ requirements. As I am part of the University’s sailing club, every Wednesday afternoon we go down to a local lake between 1:00pm and 5:00pm to practise racing ready for the weekend’s competition. Wednesday night is also student night – this week the sailing club had a back-to-school themed social and went to Rubix in the evening.


On Thursday morning, we have lectures from 11:00am until 1:00pm. After this week’s lectures, I had a group meeting in the stretch tent, where we got a coffee and ran through our presentation, ready for next week’s deadline. After the meeting, I headed to the Library at 5:00pm to work on my research project. At the end of another long day, I usually head to the gym from 7:00pm until around 8:00pm.

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We had no lectures on Friday of this week, so my friends and I gave ourselves the morning off – we went to a gym class at Surrey Sports Park and then had a coffee from Starbucks in the afternoon. Afterwards, I went to the Library to perfect my presentation and get ready for a busy next week!"

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