"You'll get access to modern facilities, like laboratories for many practicals in your first year, and simulation suites to help prepare you for placements in hospitals and community settings."
My BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics course covers a wide variety of topics – such as human physiology, nutrition in specific age groups and clinical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and obesity. There is always something new and interesting to learn and I find that exciting as nutrition has become such a popular subject of conversation in recent years!
You’ll meet many staff throughout your studies, all possessing a wealth of knowledge in their subject and an eagerness to share it. You'll get access to modern facilities, like laboratories for many practicals in your first year, and simulation suites to help prepare you for placements in hospitals and community settings.
My clinical placements
I have completed one out of three compulsory clinical placements for my course so far, at Oxford hospitals and community settings for one month over the summer. Although it was only a short placement, I gained so much knowledge on how dietitians operate in a clinical setting and how vital their role is for so many. It involved practising my communication skills with patients and applying the knowledge I learnt in first year to real situations, which was challenging but fun.
"You’ll meet many staff throughout your studies, all possessing a wealth of knowledge in their subject and an eagerness to share it."
My life at Surrey
I am part of Team Surrey’s Triathlon Club and have recently joined the University’s Concert Band. These clubs have made my experience at Surrey so fun and enjoyable, and it’s the best way to make friends and meet people with similar interests as you. Triathlon has given me so many opportunities to learn new skills and has pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone (in a good way!) At the start of the year I could not even ride a road bike, but with the help of the club I have now competed in my first duathlon and triathlon.
Living on campus makes life so easy, especially for attending lectures and taking trips into town. Surrey Sports Park is also nearby and offers a wealth of activities for everyone. I had never planned on buying a gym membership when coming to the University, but now I couldn't imagine my time here without it – everybody enjoys going there. When I’m not in lectures or training, I love to grab a coffee at either Lakeside or Starbucks with my friends or even just by myself to wind down. In the summer, the lake is a great place to spend evenings in the sun and have fun with everyone.
My career and development
When I graduate, I would like to find a job as a dietitian either in a hospital or a community setting to put my four years of hard work into practice and gain valuable experience as a working dietitian. I think that I’m slowly becoming a more confident individual as I complete my studies and placements here. I look forward to having complete confidence when applying my skills in a professional setting and enjoying what I believe will be a very rewarding job, caring for members of the public.