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Graduation 2015: Food for thought

Rosa Treadwell Wednesday 22 July 2015

Nutrition graduate Rosa Treadwell was one of eight students invited to present her research at the Annual Summer Meeting of the Nutrition Society, an impressive achievement for a final-year student.

I chose Liverpool Hope because it was far enough away from home to give both me and my parents freedom from each other. On the post-offer applicant day, everyone I spoke to was incredibly friendly and welcoming, particularly the support staff, lecturers and student ambassadors, which was totally refreshing. Situated in a city of culture, but with a beautiful green campus, the University grabbed me from the get go. I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and experience something completely different and this looked like the place to do it.

“Highlights from my time at university include:

  • The Global Hope trip to Trichy, India that I embarked upon after the first year. I couldn’t have prepared myself for how much the visit opened my eyes to the global picture. The learning experience, beauty of the country, remarkable cuisine, breath-taking temples and tiger and elephant reserves contrasted against the harsh, cruel realities of slum children, poverty and disadvantage was overwhelming
  • Realising that university educates you in more than one educational paradigm, teaching you that life won’t wait, to nurture your best and to believe in yourself
  • Winning first place at National and European championships with the University Cheer Squad Hope Hurricanes
  • Presenting my dissertation at the Annual Summer Nutrition Conference this summer.

My degree has helped me to develop confidence in my own abilities when presenting to an audience and to love what I’m doing so work doesn’t feel like a chore. The support I received has been varied across all three years, but on the whole it has been great. Some tutors and lecturers really push you, not only to do well, but to do your best. Some incredible staff members like Farzad Amirabdollahian, Jo Hagan and Dave Merryweather really invested time and effort into their pupils achieving the best they could -nothing was too much trouble for them.

“Having my work accepted into the Summer Meeting of the Nutrition Society felt amazing, but the buzz I got from presenting my dissertation to a packed lecture theatre is indescribable. The idea of having my work published gave me faith in myself and in the value of my course. It was the cherry on top of the cake, as the news came just after I found out I’d got a First in my results! For the next 12 months I will be working in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to gain experience and save money, before starting my Masters course in Public Health Nutrition.”

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