↑ Typical Seattle day from my latest visit
I’d like the gauge your interest in following some of the behind-the-scenes details of my graduate school program. Are you interested in reading occasional posts with updates about my classes, the move, etc? I like to keep things open and honest here on Just a Pinch, so please feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below 🙂
I went ahead and wrote this post because I am getting really excited to start my program! Over the weekend, I figured out that I will be leaving the DC area at the end of August for a 10-day trip across the US. I’m still figuring out the details of my stops/who will accompany me, but I’ll be sure to share the details once they are settled!
Since accepting my offer at UW, I’ve been busy gathering all the documents I need to start the program. While it’s not nearly as much work as preparing my graduate school applications, I’ve been busy!
What I’ve done so far:
- Submitted a deposit to the graduate school
- Submitted proof of my vaccinations
- This required hunting down my childhood vaccination records (←not fun) and getting a few shots and vaccine titer tests (a test that checks your blood for antibodies)
- Submitted and passed a background check (phew 😉 )
- Joined the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a student member
- Finished Biochem (!) and started Anatomy & Physiology II
- Stalked apartments on Craigslist to get an idea of what is available in Seattle and at what price range
- Completed a price comparison of renting a Uhaul vs. packing cubes vs. towing a trailer on the back of my car
- Organized my finances and made a budget to figure out how I’m going to survive on a $0 income ←I plan on writing about this later because I think it’s important to talk about financing graduate school. For now, just know this: I may or not be able to get a job while I’m a student, but my priority will be doing well in my classes. From what I’ve heard, they keep you pretty busy!
We received an email yesterday saying that registration instructions will come out shortly. I thought it would be fun to share my first quarter of classes (UW is on the quarter system, starting September 30th.) Total nerd moment: I am SO excited to take these classes. I like that the subjects range from current events to low carbohydrate diets to the history of healthcare in the U.S. I can’t wait to dive in and share my new knowledge with ya’ll!
2015 Autumn Quarter Classes:
NUTR 500 Seminar: Current Issues in Nutrition
A review of current topics in nutritional science and public health nutrition. Provides a forum for student and faculty presentation, and review of current research efforts.
NUTR 520 Nutrition & Metabolism I
Metabolic/physiologic concepts related to energy balance, carbohydrate, and protein nutrition. Addresses energy producing pathways, as well as food sources, digestion, absorption, and utilization of carbohydrates, protein, and various micronutrients. Additional topics include low carbohydrate diets, vegetarianism, protein deficiency, and inborn errors in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
BIOST 511 Medical Biometry I
Presentation of the principles and methods of data description and elementary parametric and nonparametric statistical analysis. Examples are drawn from the biomedical literature, and real data sets are analyzed by the students after a brief introduction to the use of standard statistical computer packages. Statistical techniques covered include description of samples, comparison of two sample means and proportions, simple linear regression and correlation.
EPI 511 Intro to Epidemiology
Epidemiologic methods for non-epidemiology majors. Focuses on research designs and methods to describe distribution and determinants of disease and health events in populations; uses quantitative and biomedical information to infer whether causal relationships exist between potential causes and disease in populations.
HSERV 511 Intro to Health Services
History, organization, and effectiveness of U.S. healthcare and public health systems. Determinants of health, need, and utilization. Public and private financing. Supply and provision of personal and public health services. Managed care. Government and private sector roles.
NUTR 561A Dietetic Seminar
I don’t have any details on this course yet, but I believe it’s a 1-credit course to prepare us for our dietetic internships over the summer.
NUTR 529 Nutrition & Research Design
Critical review of selected nutrition literature. Evaluation of experimental design, research protocols, data analyses, and data presentations.
These seven (yes, seven!) classes total 17 credits for the first quarter. Each quarter is 10 weeks long…are we coming to the same conclusion? Probably. I’m a little scared!
- What was the hardest class you took in school?
- If you could teach any subject, what would it be?
- Any moving tips you’d like to share?