"My clinical placements have given me an insight into how dietitians work within a hospital and helped me develop my communication, knowledge and professional skills."
Studying on my BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics course is so interesting – it combines my love of food, science and helping others. It involves various activities such as role play, tutorials and laboratory experiments which makes it even more interesting and interactive.
The academic staff on my course have always been helpful. My tutor, in particular, has always been there for me since day one and I’ve always been given support for any problems or queries I had regarding the course or myself.
My clinical placements
My course includes three compulsory clinical placements. I have completed a four-week placement so far and I am really excited for my next 12-week placements that will take place in my third year. I was allocated to Kent and Canterbury Hospital in the specialised department for renal patients for my first placement. It was such an eye-opening experience, one which taught me to work on my personal weaknesses and build on my strengths. It also gave me an insight into how dietitians work within a hospital, and being involved in different activities improved my communication, knowledge and professional skills.
"My tutor has always been there for me since day one and I’ve always been given support for any problems or queries I had regarding the course or myself."
My life at Surrey
In my first year, I was part of the Surrey UNICEF society which provided me with the opportunity to volunteer at some events and help raise money for children in need. I have also recently joined the University’s TEDx Society and we’ve just had our big event of the year, which was a huge success. The University offers a variety of different societies which everyone can take part in.
I lived in halls of residence on campus in my first year. It can sometimes be overwhelming when you have to live with people you haven’t met before, but it is honestly one of the best student experiences you can have. You get to know people you never thought you would meet and you can make a lot of friends!
The best thing about Surrey is that it feels like home. The campus is very green and beautiful; I was amazed by it from the day I arrived here. The University is also very near Guildford town centre and Surrey Sports Park, so you can basically go anywhere on foot. Surrey is such a safe place to live, and I have personally never felt vulnerable, even when walking home late at night. The University is also very near Gatwick Airport and it only takes about 40 minutes to get there by train. As an EU student who travels a lot to their home country, convenience and transportation are important.
Between lectures, my friends and I usually hang out around Starbucks to relax and have a coffee. Although, most of the time you will find me in the Library - it’s like my second home! It’s an amazing place to study with a fantastic range of resources.
My career and development
Working as a registered dietitian in an acute hospital is on my list of priorities after I graduate but I have recently started thinking about pursuing a postgraduate degree. Who knows what the future holds!"