As an IMU nutrition student, studying amid the Covid-19 pandemic was challenging, but IMU facilitated a rich educational experience. Despite the shift to online learning, our lecturers ensured that the learning process was engaging and effective. They not only imparted knowledge but also guided us in practical application through case studies, projects, and hands-on practicals, providing a holistic learning journey. I especially enjoyed and learned from the sessions on menu planning and cooking, which equipped me with fundamental cooking and food service management skills.
Moreover, IMU offered a platform for enhancing our public nutrition education and one-on-one consultation skills. During the last 6 months of this course, internship opportunities at both the government clinic and industry sector have helped me to put all I’ve learned into practice.
Winning a Prize for Poster Presentation
A big win for me was when I won a prize for my poster presentation at the NSM conference, thanks to IMU. I am grateful for the support and guidance of my research supervisors. This experience not only enabled me to showcase my work but also strengthened my presentation skills, fostering confidence and motivation to contribute to the field of nutrition. Through all the learning, practicals, and opportunities, I have developed skills in communication, leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork. This comprehensive growth has prepared me to confidently pursue my future as a nutritionist.
After my 3-year course, I took a break before starting work. I got to do things I missed during my studies, like spending time with friends and family, going on vacations, and baking. Now, I’m about to start a job as a nutritionist, starting my journey into my future career.
In the future, after gaining more experience, I dream of opening a cafe or bakery. I want to sell healthy and tasty food and desserts. Baking is something I love, and I want to use my knowledge in nutrition to make treats that are good for people who care about their health.
A little advice to future students:
While academic knowledge is important, it’s not the only thing you need to succeed. You can also develop valuable hard and soft skills by volunteering and taking advantage of other opportunities. If you have the time and chance, get involved and learn new things, develop and practice soft skills. It’s also a great way to meet new people and make friends. And don’t forget to have fun while you’re at it!
University life can be a blast!
Written by Amanda Lim Wen Hui (NT1/20) who will be graduating with her degree on 4 November 2023. She is the winner of the The Tun Zahir Merit Award given to a graduating student who has shown outstanding academic excellence in his/her graduating cohort.