Living the university lifestyle is a one of a kind experience. I think it’s the sort of thing you either love or you hate. I’m currently sort of torn between the two.
I am studying to be a dietitian and that is treated as a branch of medicine here. Possibly it’s the same world over, I’m not entirely sure. So far I don’t know what to say other then I feel totally and utterly overwhelmed. At moments the stress and pressure of having so much to do and so little time to do it in is exhilarating and I feel like I’m on a perpetual high – running to and from classes, filling out paper work, arranging this and that. On the other hand I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, like this is far too hard and I’ll never manage to pass.
I’ve met some great people here though, and that’s a definite plus. As I mentioned earlier I have a great roommate, and my class mates are pretty ok as well. Of course there’s always gonna be a few people you just can’t “click” with, but I’ve totally accepted that. It’s just been one week, so I think I also need to have a chance to get to know everyone better before I can accurately judge.
But I’m definitely struggling to maintain balance between studying and relaxing and treating myself right. My diet has definitely been deficient recently, and although I do my best to eat regular meals and snacks it’s hard to find the time. I remember hearing about one girl who drank ensures through college – not because she needed to gain weight, but because she couldn’t find time to cook. Well at the time I was almost appalled by the idea, but now I totally understand where she’s coming from. At least she didn’t have to stress about shopping, cooking, washing dishes etc. Anyhow, I’m definitely gonna try to do better next week, after all I can’t live off food like this for ever.
(And I am still eating, I usually pack sandwiches and if not I buy myself a whole wheat roll and kefir (a cultured milk drink that my stomach is currently tolerating) while I’m out and eat that. Snacks are usually fruit, though I’m thinking of making some granola bars and putting together some trail mix to take with me as well)
All my classes start at 8:00, so breakfast is definitely a rush and go affair. Although I seem to be eating and snacking way more than everyone else around me, and I feel kinda weird. Everyone else seems perfectly ok to go 6-7 hours without eating – whereas I start feeling weak and faint after just 3. It makes me feel somehow wrong, like something’s wrong with me that I need as much food as I do. Which of course is utter silliness, but still.
Although I do need to realize that fueling up properly is essential to my focus and concentration, so although it might take me a bit more time to prepare my food and eat it – it’s worth the investment in the long run. I’ve already gotten a few warning signals that I’m not eating enough (waking up in the middle of the night STARVING hungry – something that never happened before, being tired and fatigued during the day etc.) so I’ll definitely try to better with this during the week.
I just arrived home today – to pick up some more stuff and take care of some pending assigments that I have. It seems like my appetite is magnified times 10, probably because I actually have a bit of time to think about eating. But I’m not freaking out about it, I’m going with the flow and enjoying the time I have with my family.
Take care ya’ll and enjoy the weekend!
What are some good in-between class snacks?
Did you feel overwhelmed when you first started studying? Does it get better with time