#viewsfromagryph: Claire

Name: 
Claire Nanda
Program: 
Bachelors of Applied Science in Applied Human Nutrition
Class: 
2020
Hometown: 
Ottawa

What attracted you to the University of Guelph?

The beautiful campus and especially all the greenspace everywhere were the first things that attracted me to the university! When I came on a campus tour, U of G also really stood out to me because of the school spirit and community atmosphere. I especially remember seeing so many students wearing school clothes and merchandise, which I thought was super cool! Also, I heard that the food at U of Gwas really good which was a big plus for me!

What attracted you to your program at U of G?

The reputation of my program being really well-rounded was a big attraction to me. I also liked the idea of a Bachelors of Applied Science because it meant I was taking many Bachelors of Science courses but also lots of arts and social sciences courses as well.

What is something COOL that you’ve learned from your program/studies so far?

I have learned so many cool things about the human body throughout my degree. I’m always amazed at how many muscles are involved in the digestive system. For example, 25 pairs of muscles are involved in just swallowing your food!

What has been (or is) your favorite course in your program?

I loved my biomedical physiology course in second year because the prof was super engaging and enthusiastic about what she was teaching. Those lectures flew by for me and I learned so many neat things about how the body works.

What are you most excited about this year?

Getting to take almost all electives second semester!! My program doesn’t have a ton of electives so I have a list of courses I have wanted to take for a long time.

What are your (current) post-graduate plans, or goals?

I’m hoping to pursue a Master’s in nutrition and become a registered dietitian. I want to work in the community with marginalized populations to work to decrease food insecurity and help these populations eat more fresh produce! I also want to work with local farmers in the area to help my community feel more connected with their food sources.

Best piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself in Grade 12

Get involved in the greater community outside the university! A great way to do this is volunteering with something you are passionate about. Some of my best university experiences have been volunteering in the community and I have met so many cool people I would never have met otherwise. Sometimes you can get caught up in the university “bubble” and stepping outside that bubble can be really refreshing and give you perspective on life beyond university.

#FunFact About Yourself

After second year, I worked on an organic farm at an environmental centre in BC. Since then, I have been super passionate about local produce and organic farming! An ideal Saturday involves visiting a local farmer’s market J