Today was a great day. We learned about calcium and vitamin D, other vitamins, essential fatty acids, and longevity. It was still as interesting as yesterday, and I just found myself wanting to know more and more. One of the theories in the longevity topic was about telomeres, and Dr. Rick (the teacher is actually named Rick Dina, D. C.) asked if anyone knew what they were. I raised my hand and answered, and I think he was actually pretty surprised to find that I did! I felt pretty good about myself for a second, but then I realized that I was surrounded by people who hadn’t taken biology in 20 years ago, let alone 2. Either way, I still surprised myself by knowing and being able to give a cohesive explanation.
Throughout the two days, I have been enthralled by the information–I just want to know more and more. On the survey I said I wish they had more time so that they could teach us more topics and more in-depth! This just makes me a little bit more confident in my choice to go study dietetics because it is all so interesting to me! I also realized, in the essential fatty acids portion, that I will probably like organic chemistry because, well, thats all it was.
We got out earlier today, but I still managed to get outside for a few minutes and warm up in the sun (getting that vitamin D!) And right outside of the building is a cross-section of a redwood three that must be literally 1000 years old. Check it out…
Three things that I learned today:
- People who live the longest are often married. This isn’t to say that you should just find someone to marry so you can have a pice of paper officially saying you aren’t single. It seems that it is more important to have a close confidant, which usually happens to be your spouse. This just made me really grateful for my family and friends, because I know that I have so many people that I can turn to in a tough time. (And for those of you reading, I love you so much!) Maybe I don’t have to worry about staying single my entire life…
- Vitamin D is really important for calcium absorption. This is always a struggle for me because I am super fair-skinned and always get burned
- There is plenty of time for me to be in school. This sounds like something obvious, but i didn’t realize how much I really liked learning about nutrition and health. It makes me have somewhat more of an appreciation for education, and now I don’t feel like I am in such a hurry to be in the “real” world.
Number 3 reminds me of one the random philosophical things I like to think about from time to time: Be happy in the now. It seems like our entire lives we are rushing to get to the next stage–in high school we want to get to college, in college we want to get out and get to the “real” world. We are always waiting for the weekend, or the summer, or spring break, or vacation. But if you think about it, summer is only 25% of the year, spring beak is only 1 week out of the 52 in the year. We need to figure out how to make ourselves happy right now. We rushing towards the next thing, but what is at the end? Death! If we keep thinking we’ll be happy in the future and keep waiting for it, it will never come. So what I want to do is figure out what makes me happy every day. What can I do to look foreword to monday morning? What can I do to smile during the most stressful part of the school year? Even just appreciating the sunrise or making a special breakfast for your least favorite day, you deserve to be happy!
Tomorrow starts up the associate chef class, so that will definitely be more exciting! Hopefully more hands on stuff and more incredible raw dishes–stay tuned!
I hope everyone has a wonderful day and remembers to appreciate all of the small, but important, things in life.