A Day in the Life of a Dietetics Student

I think I could probably qualify for an international list of “Top Ten Most Nosy People”. I don’t know what makes me so curious about the way others live but there’s just something about being able to observe how other people’s day-to-day differs from mine that really intrigues me. Are you nodding your head with me or finding this really creepy?

So when someone recently mentioned that they’d be interested in getting a bit more of a glimpse of my school life, I very much understood. In fact I found myself wishing that I could have a little play-by-play of life in different majors at my school.  I’ve always been a big dreamer, folks.

Yesterday was definitely one of my more busy days but was a conveniently good one to showcase because I think it’s reflective of the style and diversity of my program.

So without further ado, here is my Tuesday!

7:00 – 8:30: Eat Breakfast, Get Ready and Walk to School 

This is no new concept on the blogosphere but you guys, if you’ve never eaten your oatmeal out of an almost-empty-jar of nut/seed butter, you have to get on it. I practically beg people to donate theirs to me which is pathetic but 100% worth it. So needless to say, I was really content yesterday morning.


I am so so so lucky to have the sweetest roommate who’s in all of my classes. We get to walk to and from school together and it’s the best.

Marie-Maude and Me

One perk of my campus being removed from the core of Montreal is all the green space. It’s truly a breath of fresh air.

IMG_3521(I took this picture last spring; there are definitely a few more signs of fall these days!)

8:30 – 10:30: Stats Lab

My first order of the day was a Stats Lab, during which the TA went over our assignment and introduced us to a software we’ll be using as the semester progresses. I was a bit surprised when I found out that I would be taking stats in dietetics, but have come to realize that statistics are a really integral part of nutrition research. This was a really helpful couple of hours and I definitely won’t be skipping any labs even though they don’t take attendance!

Stats Lab

10:30 – 12:15: Group Project Meeting

Next semester my second-year dietetics troupe will be putting on Meal Events; basically we’re put into groups and given a theme and then get to operate a pseudo-restaurant for a day! Even though the event won’t be until February or March, planning is already under way. My group is doing Asian Street Food and the goal of yesterday’s meeting was to solidify our menu. One of my teammates brought us all samples of Crystal Noodles, which is one of her favourite dishes from back home in China. They were so delicious. That corn look-alike is tofu and I’m dying to know how they prepared it – so tasty!

Crystal Noodles

Asian Street Food Books

12:15 – 1:00: Lunch at OGP

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there’s a student-run cafe called Out of the Garden Project, which serves breakfast and lunch and aims to source everything as locally as possible. It’s vegetarian and the menu changes weekly but never fails to be incredibly creative and GOOD. Love having access to healthy, affordable fare on campus.

OGP lunch

Apple & Rutabaga Soup // Barley Fennel Mint Salad

1:00 – 2:30: Human Nutrition Lecture

In the afternoon I had my only lecture of the day. I would describe this course as a biochem-heavy study of nutrients, how we metabolize them and how our bodies go about regulating those intricate processes. Yesterday I was a feeling sort of sleepy and the material was tough so I was bit lost. Okay a lot lost. ha. Hopefully a bit of textbook reading will have me all caught up in no time.

Human Nutrition

On a side note, my friends sit in the front and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first but I think I’m a convert. I feel so much more guilty getting distracted on my computer when the prof is close enough to make eye-contact with!

Empty Class_

(I promise that there are sometimes students at my school. 
But here’s an idea of the type of room that most of my lectures take place in!)

2:30 – 5:30: Mammalian Physiology Lab

After class I went straight to my first Physiology lab of the semester. I’m in the same section as my friend so we get to be partners woo!

Me and Isa in Lab_

We’re covering histology right now (the study of tissues) and the goal of the lab was to familiarize ourselves with various tissue types and the components that are characteristic of them. I found it a lot trickier than I expected to and definitely have some studying to do before the lab exam! Below is a cross-section of a Spinal Cord, and the little thing shaped like a witch hat is a nerve cell body. Don’t be too impressed – my lab prof had to find it for me.

Spinal Cord Slide

6:00 – 7:00: Exercise and Grocery Run

I chowed down on an apple during my walk home from school to tide me over.

Snacking on Apple_

I knew that I’d be parking my bum in a seat all evening so I laced up for a quick, light jog and a few rounds up a staircase that was on my route. There are gorgeous running spots all around where I live and I’m trying to take full advantage before cold weather drives me back to the gym. I finished my little jaunt at the grocery because I was out of a few staples (HUMMUSSSS).



Grocery Run

7:00 – 7:30: Eating and Laundry

A very predictable Jacklyn meal of mashed chickpea salad. It may not look like much food but there’s a half a can of garbanzos hanging out in that bowl! Besides being one of my favourites, this was in my belly within 5 minutes of getting home AND it gave me lunch tomorrow. Chickpeas for life.


I threw in a load of laundry and then made some tea and had some dark chocolate covered almonds.


7:30 – 8:30: Facebook, Insta, blog reading

I sort of got distracted in the abyss that is the internet. 99% of days there’s a chat with my mama around this time but our schedules just didn’t allow for a date today. It was sad.

8:30 – 10:00: FaceTime with Josh 

I told myself that this would be a thirty-minute or so conversation and then I would get some work done. Apparently self-control is not my strong suit.

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10:00 – 10:30: Homework 

I looked over a couple things for my Accounting Class but realized that I’ll have tons of free time to work tomorrow so I post-poned all other homework until then. I celebrated with frozen blueberries in milk.


10:30 – … Blogging 

Finally, I showered and got into bed to wrote this post and finished the day in my little happy place.

Wow.. that was a mammoth of a post. You’re a trooper if you stuck with me!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and happy first day of fall! 

27 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Dietetics Student

  1. I am so incredibly nosy too. I want to know all the details! Funny because my husband is the opposite so it’s usually me drawing things out of him.
    All of your classes look pretty interesting, however labs get so old after a while. They are so LONG. My food labs were the only ones I really loved. I feel like in all the other labs I had to identify a 100 sources of human error, haha.
    Those bloobs in milk look so good. Love it!


  2. I always love reading ‘Day in the life’ posts. Very interesting. Labs were never my favorite part of college.
    I am intrigued by your nighttime snack. Did you thaw the blueberries first?


  3. haha this felt like a post about my life!! I must agree, that nutrition lecture was quite tedious. I like that you included a picture of the campus, I was taking pictures yesterday too, it’s just so pretty! I’m kind of grateful I don’t have to take physiology, I got it credited since I did a year in the physiology program at McGill! Thank God, I just seriously dislike labs so much.


  4. I’m the same way! As soon as I see “Day in the Life” I’m hooked! Especially if it’s one of a fellow dietetics major…I definitely need to do one of these soon!

    So cool to see the classes your in, I took biostatistics and human nutrition last year!


  5. I did read it all and found your daily life to be very interesting. I wish I could have all of the energy that you do Jacklyn. Have a great Wednesday!


  6. Loved reading about your day and it sounds so much like my days/classes when I was in school. I had to laugh when I saw your jar of sunbutter because that’s the brand I buy… I love it so much I bring about 10 jars with me to Manila after every home visit! :)


  7. Absolutely loved that post, girl! :) This was exactly what I wanted to read on your blog. It was so interesting and we have a lot in common – quick, yummy, simple vegetarian meals, face timing with family, laundry and cleaning and blogging… and those “a lot lost” classes! What an awesome post – I really enjoyed reading about your average day.


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  9. I’m definitely a nosy person as well and thoroughly enjoyed this post! It’s great to see what a typical school day looks for you as I’ve been toying with the idea of heading back to school to get a degree in nutrition. Looks like a lot of chem is involved!


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