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Balancing a Rigorous Major (Nutrition) and Social Life

Aquatic18Aquatic18 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
Hey! So I accepted to Ohio State as a Nutrition major back in December (EA). My only concern is how difficult/rigorous this major is and how I'll be able to balance the many activities going on at OSU. I also want to work for OSU's student newspaper, The Lantern, and I know that is a big time commitment. Is there anyone who has studied a rigorous/science major and been able to balance out other activities/social life? Also, if anyone is currently/or has studied nutrition, how is it?
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Replies to: Balancing a Rigorous Major (Nutrition) and Social Life

  • JustOneDadJustOneDad Registered User Posts: 5,845 Senior Member
    Since when has Nutrition been considered a "rigorous" major?
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
  • Aquatic18Aquatic18 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    While nutrition is a relatively new field, I don't think it's necessarily considered "easy." Many of the courses in nutrition include:
    Interaction of microbiology and the human experience
    Organic chemistry
    Microbiology
    Biochemistry
    Macronutrients
    Micronutrients
    Molecular Life
    This doesn't sound rigorous to you? In fact, many Nutrition majors continue on to dental, optometry, and medical school. I don't consider this easy. And if you do, then what's considered "hard"?
    @JustOneDad @GA2012MOM
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    Orgo and biochem are two classes that are required for medschool. I am not sure what those other classes are, maybe one might fulfill a bio. My daughter is a MS3, and general consensus is that Nutrition is not an "academic" degree that medschool adcoms would look at favourably.
  • JustOneDadJustOneDad Registered User Posts: 5,845 Senior Member
    You can consider it anything you want. It's basically another name for "pre-med lite". It's in the college of Education, not Arts & Sciences and doesn't even require a second half of organic chemistry.

    As such, you will have to go on your own history with time management for this.

    For example, does being on the newspaper require more or less time than a varsity athlete?
  • Aquatic18Aquatic18 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    What did your daughter study for undergrad? I don't know why Nutrition has an unfavorable representation. It's a fundamental for really any health sciences and relates to disease prevention. From what I've heard, it provides excellent foundation for medical school. I even know people who didn't even study science for their undergrad, but Business Administration or even English. Of course, they still had to take the prerequisite classes for medical school, but they still got into UNC Chapel Dental school/etc. granted they had a high GPA/research experience. @GA2012MOM
  • JustOneDadJustOneDad Registered User Posts: 5,845 Senior Member
    If you ever worked in Health Care, you would understand why.

    You know, if you really do get into Med School, your undergraduate years are the last in which you are going to have much of any time for self-growth or academic curiosity. So, it's great that you are considering the outside interest in Journalism.

    If Nutrition is another interest, then by all means, go for it. It's not like medical schools haven't been assailed for not teaching enough of it.

    I'm sure some people consider pre-med rigorous, but in the scheme of things, it doesn't really stand out.
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    OP, a Nutrition degree or a Business Administration degree are thought of as a vocational degree. You can major in anything to go to med or dental school, but those types of degrees that you mention are heavily frowned upon. My daughter was a Classics major. There are tables on the AAMC website that will show you the breakdown of admits by major, and those you are talking about are at the bottom, hands down. Sorry I can't link, on my phone.
  • slacboundslacbound Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    nutrition is a wonderful major for anyone considering medical school and is certainly not a vocational degree!
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    I asked my D, and of 13 med school interviews she went on she didn't see one nutrition or Business Admin major. I'm not saying it is a bad major, just a poor choice if one wants to go to med school. JMO, YMMV.
  • OSUmom2018OSUmom2018 Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    Aqautic18:
    Congratulations on your acceptance to OSU!

    My daughter is a freshman Biology (Genetics) major and has found the chemistry classes challenging.

    In terms of finding a balance, she has been trying to do that. She did over commit first semester to various activities and had to cut back second semester, so it has been trial and error. Now she is more careful about obtaining an approximate time commitment prior to joining activities. I would contact the Lantern and inquire about the estimated time commitment. As you go to some of the incoming freshman orientations, you will be given an idea of how many hours of study are required for each hour of classroom time.

    Good luck to you, and I sincerely hope that nutrition becomes a part of standard medical studies, we can no longer ignore the role it plays in human health.
  • Aquatic18Aquatic18 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    OSUmom2018:
    Thank you for being so kind and answering my question! I will contact the Lantern. I think balance is definitely something a lot of freshmen struggle with, so I want to make sure I prioritize.
    I hope your daughter is having a great time at college :smile:
    While some may disagree, Nutrition does need to be a part of standard medical studies, it plays a vital role in many diseases/illnesses!
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    Good grief, nutrition IS a part of medicine, any Dr or med student that takes a patient history does ask about eating habits and counsels them as necessary.An entire undergrad degree about is is hardly necessary to be a physician. If you are that passionate about it, why not become a nutritionist?
  • Fuffy24Fuffy24 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    No doubt that nutrition is difficult, but all the engineerings, the sciences, and the pure mathematics majors are more so, and if a good amount of people can balance those subjects with other stuff, so can you. Key thing would be to keep working for the newspaper, and only take on as many clubs as you think you can take, trial and error if you will.
  • Aquatic18Aquatic18 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    GA2012MOM:
    I never mentioned that I wanted to go on to medical school. I was only proving a point that nutrition is a difficult major and not as easy as some may think. Granted, I'm sure engineering and other majors are much more difficult, but nutrition is still pretty rigorous.
    And thanks, Fluffy24!
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