What to do with a Nutrition Degree – other than a RD? Part 1

Hey Brescia girls!

Are you currently in a Food and Nutrition degree and are not sure what you can do other than the famous dietetic internship? You are not alone!

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Becoming a Registered Dietitian is not everyone’s ideal profession. If this sounds like you, you’re in luck! I will be posting examples of jobs weekly that are in the Nutrition field and do not require a Registered Dietitian designation.

If you are finding yourself really interested in the Food Industry, perhaps you would like to work in the Food & Beverage industry? Click here to find a job description for an Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage position at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Maybe this is for you??

You can also search all kinds of websites of different companies in the food industry to see if you can find something that really fits what you want to do as a career.

Remember, sometimes you need to look a little harder to find a job that is matched for you but imagine the satisfaction when you find it! You can always come by the Student Life Centre and talk to the amazing staff for more help job searching. :D

Have a good day!

-One Brescia girl to another*



Sleep – it is important!!

It has been a busy week for me…so busy I can’t even remember what day it is. With me, when my week is busy the first thing that I remove from my life is SLEEP.

Wrong decision…trust me. When I am overtired I feel like my life is on auto-pilot. I am simply going through the motions.  I hope these following sleep tips can help you improve your sleep habits and show you the importance of sleep while in university (they will help me for sure!)

1. Try to establish a regular bedtime routine: for me it is watching TV. When I lay in my bed at night and put the TV on my brain automatically knows its time to wind down. Right now I am watching Full House on Netflix so I try to watch one 20min episode before bed to relax (who doesn’t love uncle Jesse, right??)….I usually cannot even make it through the entire episode before I am asleep. If TV is not an option that works for you, try reading, listening to music or taking a warm bath.

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2. Create a sleep-friendly environment: Examples of this can be a room that is quiet, dark and cool. Blackout curtains are an essential for me (but make it hard to wake up in the morning). You can also try using an eye mask or ear plugs as a quick fix!

3. Limit afternoon naps to one hour or less: I am not going to tell you to get rid of afternoon naps all together because sometimes they are 100% necessary! Just try to limit your nap time…this will help keep your night time sleep patterns regular.

4. Maintain a regular wake schedule: Yes, even on weekends. You will be amazed what you can accomplish in your morning when you wake up before 10am!

5. Keep a clean and neat bed: This may be a personal one, but I love crawling into a bed with clean, crisp sheets and nice pillows. Make a point to wash your sheets at least once a week. They also say you should change your pillows every 6 months (just something to keep in mind!)

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I hope these tips can help both you and I with our sleep habits,

Sweet Dreams……..zzzz…….zzzz……zzzz


Source: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/health-promotion/sleep/tips-getting-good-sleep

How Many Hours Do You Spend Studying?

For many of you, midterms are done and for some of you, you’re just waiting for that last exam patiently. As a student, there are many times when I just want to get over with my exams and assignments. But maybe a few simple study tips can change your study habits?

Here is a fun little info-graphic for you to improve your study habits! Do you use any of these study tips?

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There are many times, when my friends ask me, “do you even study or have any work to do?” I tend to respond to them with the answer, “Its because I’m in social science, I don’t have any work.”

From the National Survey and Student Engagement study, they ranked the amount of hours each college student spends from different programs.


Do you agree with this survey? How much do you actually spend timing? If you spend a lot of hours studying, do you have time for yourself? Do you have time to do fun stuff or de-stress? Hopefully this info-graphic will help you with your time management.

Always make sure you have time for rest and for yourself!

Happy Studying! Cheers,


Upcomming Career Development Workshops

Hello there! I hope everyone’s November is going smoothly.

This is just a reminder of a few upcoming events offered by the Student Life Centre:


November 18th – Interview Techniques: 10:00am-11:30am, Room 302A .This workshop will be hosted by a career peer, who will it be? You will have to come to the workshop to find out… :P

November 25th – Portfolio Building, References, And on the Job Success: 10:00am-11:30am, Room 302A.

You can simply come to one of these workshops or complete a series of workshops in order to obtain a Career Development Certificate. Register online to attend these workshops as  spots are limited and to find out more information about the certificate.

Have a good day!

-One Brescia girl to another*



International Week is coming!

Hello everyone! Hopefully you finished most of the midterms for now. Let’s relax a little bit!

 Did you know? International week is coming up?

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(1) What is International Week?

International Week celebrates diversity at Western, engages students, faculty and staff in discussion and debate about international issues, and encourages learning about international education, cross-cultural skills, and cultural traditions and activities

(2) When and  Where is it?

Date: November 10 – 14, 2014

Location: UCC, Western International and various sites across campus

(3) HOW MUCH does it cost to attend?

Most events are free and do not require registration, however in some cases seating or attendance is limited.

Some need registration, such as:

Breakfast for International & Exchange Students

First Year International Engineering Student Welcome…

(4) What kinds of activities does it have ?

Open presentations, workshops, displays, fairs or other events (including Food related events, cultural experiences)

For example:

Hispanic Alternative Film Festival

Western International Open House

World Trivia Games…

Notice: International Week is for Everyone – Students, Faculty, Staff and the Public!

Want to find events and activities suited to your interests?

Click here for more information: http://internationalweek.uwo.ca/Schedule.html


Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours

Hello Brescia girls!

Just a reminder that the Career Peers at the Student Life Centre are still offering Resume and Cover Letter feedback every week. Bring a hard copy of either document and we will be happy to help! :)

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Monday: 10am-12pm
Tuesday: 2pm-4pm
(Also available in French)
Wednesday: 9:30am-11:30am (Also available in Mandarin)
Thursday: 1pm-3pm (Also available in Cantonese)

The Career Peers will be providing this feedback until and including the last week of classes. Visit the Student Life Website for other resources to help you with your resume and cover letter.

See you soon! :D

-One Brescia girl to another*


Textbook Reading 101

Hi Everyone!

If you are anything like me….you struggle with textbook readings.

How do you read a textbook? What is the important information to pull from a textbook reading? What is going to be on the exam?! How am I suppose to get through 30+ pages in one night?

These are all questions I ask myself every time I pick up a textbook to do a reading. I needed answers to some of these questions so I did a little research for myself that I wanted to share with you all.

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Here are 3 tips I have come across that should be helpful for everyone:

1. Don’t always read a textbook “front” to “back” - What this means is don’t ALWAYS start at the beginning of the chapter and end at the back of the chapter. Go a little crazy….read backwards….just kidding. But seriously, a good tip is to start at the chapter summary found at the back of the textbook. Why not read what the summary of the chapter is to give you some ideas of what is ahead. When you know what the chapter will be about your brain will start to remember key ideas.

2. Read for Big Ideas & Key Details - As you will see in tip 3, you will not be able to absorb every detail (and lets face it…textbooks are detailed). Pull out big ideas and then decide what is important within all the information surrounding that big idea. Tip: Big ideas are usually easy to spot because they are in bold or a section heading (Keep an eye out for this!).

3. Read the chapter once, but read your notes multiple times - Yes this means you must make notes on the chapter. Your brain will not be able to retain the information you read in an entire chapter so you have to take notes. This will allow you to be able to summarize the chapter in your own words and then you can re-visit your notes many times. This is a #1 for me. I make notes and I study them…then study them some more.

I hope these tips can help relieve some of your textbook reading frustrations.

Also remember attending lecture is also a great way to determine what is important within the readings. This does not always work…but if a professor spends a large amount of time on a topic found in the textbook…it is often important!

Happy reading everyone,


Source: http://www.studyright.net/blog/4-steps-to-reading-a-textbook-quickly-and-effectively/

Gluten-free Halloween!

Hello Brescia Girls!

Hope you all enjoyed last nights halloween festivities! Just a short post today about a resource you can check out if you need to follow a gluten-free diet and have some left over treats laying around!


If you have Celiac Disease or any form of gluten-intolerance click here to find a list of gluten-free treats provided by the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Now remember not to overindulge! Keep your treats for those moments when you need that extra kick! :D Everything in moderation including moderation.


-One Brescia girl to another*

Do You Treat Your Body Right?

Hey Y’all,

I hope everyone is surviving this period of exams and still have time to enjoy laughter throughout the day. In the midst of exams, we soon to forget we had a sleep schedule, that we should probably exercise or even to EAT!

Eating healthy during exams is probably one of the challenges as an university student. As a fourth year student, I’ve seen the temptation to just feed our body and keep on studying.

But, did you know the healthier you eat, the better you feel and the more energy you can get? I’m here to share some simple tips to pack or eat healthier when you have a busy schedule.

Tip 1: Cut up and Pack fruits and veggies

If you’re trying to reduce the amount of sugar you intake a day, try to cut up fresh citrus fruits. Instead of having a bottle of processed juice you can eat fresh fruits to give your daily intake of vitamins and taste! Or even pack some raw veggies the night before so you can carry it out throughout the day. I find it helpful to use 5 minutes to just pack some snacks to go and leave it in fridge when you need it. Citrus fresh fruits

Tip 2: Don’t buy instant trail mix, make your own!

Trail mixes are delicious but be careful of the saturated fat levels and salt. I make my own trail mixes by adding my own ingredients. I recently made a trail mix with multi-grain cheerios cereal, banana chips and unsalted almonds. Try using different types of cereal, non-salted nuts and maybe something a bit more sweet for a little kick.trail-mix-raisins-XdjbAO-lg

Tip 3: Just drink Water.

When we are tired, it’s very easy for us to believe that coffee will solve our tiredness. If your eyes are sore, just take a bit of time to nap or close your eyes for 10 – 15 minutes. I’ve heard that chugging water can help wake you up! If water is boring, just add some fresh fruits or lemon! Water also supplies us with energy and better skin! water-poured-into-glass

Most importantly, find time for yourself to relax and de-stress. Exams are important but nothing is more important than your mental state and body! Enjoy the next following study days and be refresh to kick those exams in the butt!





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Myths of being an international student

Hello everyone! This is Emily!

As an international student, I have already spent three years at Brescia and I count myself fortunate to be here at Brescia. Today I want to share something that my friends and I have learned as international students.

These are some things I have struggled as an international student.

(1) When I have difficult time communicating with others in English, I just want to give up and avoid talking.

Learning takes time, but don’t be afraid to practice! Did you know there is an International & Exchange Student Centre on main Campus? And it offers an English Conversation Program? The program can help you with your English skills and increase your confidence when speaking to others.


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(2) I am afraid that I won’t be able to find a job because I didn’t see any advantages for being an international student.

As an international student, you need to realize that your own culture and language can be an asset for companies for diversity when doing international business. Don’t know how to start? Join the workshops in Student Life Center for job searching and interview skills! Click here for any detail : http://brescia.uwo.ca/life/student-life/career-professional-development/types-of-support/

(3) I have never been so stressed for my exams before and I’m probably the only one who is stressed ?

Exam period is one of the most stressful time during university, and you will definitely find that a lot of students stresses over exams as well.

How do you prepare well? Make sure you don’t accumulate your readings and finish them before your exam date.  Set a schedule for each course to make sure that you have enough time to finish reading all the materials.  Or book an appointment with your professor to ask for help . I believe these tips can really help you be successful in your exams!

 Always remember that you are so unique and there is no way to replicate what you own on yourself, be self confident for who you are and where you are from. Count yourself fortunate to be an international student!