A journey that started 4 years back has ended with fruitful results. Let me recap briefly the years I spent pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics with Nutrition at IMU. Every student dreams of having a full life experience as a university student. Attending lectures, participating in extracurricular activities, social networking, and making the most of your time on campus are important aspects of the university experience. However, my classmates and I were deprived of this experience after our first semester due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The unprecedented circumstances led us to adapt to new situations such as studying virtually. During this arduous time, the university managed to resume the lectures within a few weeks of lockdown. The lecturers did their best to conduct these lectures and other teaching sessions while figuring things out on their own.
As the semesters went by, studying virtually with the use of different platforms became the new norm. I was eager to have peer interaction (non-virtually) and with the ease of lockdown regulations, we had a few practicals on-site which was delightful.
Furthermore, we had the chance to do our internship face-to-face by following the restrictions implemented to minimise COVID-19 cases. We were provided with the opportunity to enhance our skills and knowledge as a food service, clinical, and community dietitian. Interning in different sectors was marvellous as we were exposed to different environments that required us to be divergent thinkers. Over the last 4 years, I have adapted to both leadership and team roles as needed to successfully complete assigned tasks and projects.