What to do with a Nutrition Degree-other than a RD? Part 2

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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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If you missed last week’s post in this regard, I will be posting examples of jobs weekly that are in the Nutrition field and do not require a Registered Dietitian designation.

This week’s job posting is targeted more towards the restaurant business. With a Nutrition degree imagine how good of a match this could be! Nutrition in the restaurant business is becoming increasingly important! Check out this excellent article in Best Health Magazine to find out more.

Here is an example of a job posting at Tim Hortons, which are literally everywhere, that you could do with a nutrition degree.

With the motivation to find a job that fits your values, anything is possible!

Remember to stop by the Student Life Centre if you have any questions or need tips on how to better prepare for job searching!

-One Brescia girl to another*

Exercise – your body will thank-you!

Hi Everyone!


With final exams approaching (can you believe we are at final exams already?!?!) I wanted to speak about the importance of maintaining regular fitness activity.

I attend spin classes regularly at the Western Student Rec Centre and I find around midterms and finals the class numbers drop dramatically. Did you know exercise is proven to relieve stress? It is so important to try and squeeze regular exercise into your routine even when you have the stress of exams, papers and readings pilling up.

All you need to do is try to work out 1 hour a day, 3-5 times a week. If that is too much, just try to get out of the house and go for a walk. Your body will thank-you….trust me!

Did you know the Western Student Rec Centre is included in your tuition? They have an awesome facility with a variety of fitness classes sure to hit everyone’s interests. They also have a great swimming pool with lane swim open daily. Check out their website for more information and be sure to hit up a fitness class sometime soon!

Here is a link to the fitness class schedule: 2014 Class Schedule

Be healthy everyone,

Good luck on finals and enjoy the Christmas holidays wherever they may take you.



Things I’ve learned as a Community Development Student



Have you ever thought that your degree sometimes doesn’t seem to be applicable to you life? Or you just don’t know what to do with your degree? As the 2014 year is wrapping up, it’s almost time for the New Years. The new years is usually filled with tons of food, entertainment and new year resolutions.

Other than making new year’s resolutions, don’t forget to reflect what 2014 have taught you.

As I’m reflecting my undergraduate year due to the 4th year crisis, I’m surprised how much I’ve changed as person and as a student. I’m surprised that I’ve actually used the knowledge I paid for and applied it to my work setting and my personal life.

As a Community Development student, I’ve learned a few things that I can keep to pursue better my career and society.

  1. I learned the importance of being an engaging citizen:

Throughout my Community Development major, I’ve had the opportunity to do different placements around London and meet wonderful people. I was placed in different non-profit organizations like Merrymount, HIV/AIDs and Habitat for Humanity.  These experience taught me that it’s important to give back to your community and learn the different ways to build your community up.

As a Community Development student you will learn that there are many passionate volunteers who puts time and effort to keep some of the organizations sustain. If you want to see change in the community, you need to be the start of that change. So let yourself be the start of a new change!

  1. To strive to find something you love and do it with joy and passion:

Throughout highschool, I’ve always pushed myself to do sciences because I thought it would be beneficial for my future education. I took all the sciences and maths but every time I had to do readings it was a dread. I found many ways to procrastinate and to avoid it.

I never found joy and hated every process in doing the work. I had no motivation to keep trying when it was difficult.

The Community Development program taught me to find a cause  that I really care about.  And put all efforts into the work once I find it.

So find something you love to do and do it with joy and passion. And anything that comes along will be a cherry on the top!

So before the year ends, take time to reflect how this semester was. Reflect what you’ve learned in class, get refreshed and be motivated next semester to learn more!

Happy Studying! :)



One-Stop Resume for Food and Nutrition Students!

Hi everyone! How are you today ?

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Here is the big news:

There will be an One-Stop Resume Clinic for Food & Nutrition Students! 

Drop-In Resume feedback will be provided by the Student Life Center Career Peer Team.

No appointment needed!

Don’t forget to bring a print copy of your resume and some specific questions because each student will have around 15 minutes.

Want to make your resume look perfect? (maybe not use the word perfect, maybe the word  standout?)

Join us on Tuesday, November 25th: 2:00-4:00 pm in the St. James Living Room.

And we offer popcorn at the registration table! We will see you there!


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