Why I’m taking a break from uni & changing my focus

Hi guys,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, let yourselves loose on all that festive food and spent plenty of quality time with friends and family (and presents!) Itโ€™s been a little while since I checked in so I thought Iโ€™d update you on my current situation.

If you follow me on Instagram then youโ€™ll already know what this post is going to be about. A few weeks ago I made the decision that I was doing the wrong course at university, and I told my uni that I wanted to transfer from Nutrition BSc to Sport and Exercise Science BSc. Now Iโ€™m going to explain why!

When I first started this blog and my Instagram, it was very much a food blog. My face wasnโ€™t to be seen on either platform, and nor was anything fitness-related. Although I did HIIT workouts regularly and I was interested in fitness, I didnโ€™t really know much about it and I was determined to become a Nutritionist. I had been telling everyone that I wanted to be a nutritionist since I was about 14 or 15 years old, so I feel that this belief was somewhat ingrained in me. However, I gradually took more of an interest in fitness, and it began to make itself a more obvious feature on my blog. I researched it, learnt from others and soon readers were telling me that The Wholesome Hunter had become more of a fitness blog than a nutrition blog.

It was designed to be a platform to share both of these interests. Still convinced that Nutrition was what I wanted to study, I decided to get some kind of fitness qualification to complement this degree. I enrolled in a 6-week full-time personal training course which I planned to combine with Nutrition to offer a complete approach to clients (we all know that Nutrition and training go hand in hand).

Looking back, I can see that deep down I had doubts about whether Nutrition was the right course for me to study at uni. I voiced my concerns a few times, but quickly pushed them away, hoping that I was wrong. I had known for some time that my passion for fitness was taking up more of my time than my interest in Nutrition. In fact, having realised this much earlier, I was originally going to apply for Sport Science, but eventually I went with what seemed to be the more practical option as I felt that Nutrition led to a more clear-cut career path. So I mistakenly chose to ignore my gut feeling and went with my head rather than my heart. At uni, little tell-tale signs along the way began to point me towards the realisation that I should have applied for Sport and Exercise Science. There was a bit of overlap between our courses and I found myself noticeably engaging much more with the more exercise-focused topics. I knew when I began taking more of an interest in the modules that the Sport Science students were taking that Iโ€™d made the wrong choice. So although Iโ€™m still very interested in Nutrition, I would prefer to pursue it from a more sport-based perspective.

When I told the programme directors of the two courses involved in my decision there was initially a lot of confusion as they had never had my situation before. Not only did I share 2 biology-based modules with the Sport Science students, but my personal training course covered me for the anatomy module. This left me with just 1 module to catch up on, but unfortunately it was decided that it was too late in the semester for me to do so. This left me with 2 choices: to continue with a degree that I had decided wasnโ€™t for me, or to start Year 1 again on what I believed to be the right course, in 2018. I went with the latter.

Iโ€™ll be returning to university in January to sit my exams and then Iโ€™ll be leaving at the end of the month, ready for my 8-gap-months. At first I felt frustrated at the thought of taking time off; it felt like a huge set-back when Iโ€™d settled in, made friends and was happy where I was. However, Iโ€™ve come to see it as a good thing. It would have been difficult joining the course late, and Iโ€™m now actually really looking forward to the next few months. It seems like a really good opportunity to focus on fitness and Iโ€™m excited to see what the new year will bring before I return to uni in September 2018. I will also be starting work and gaining experience in personal training – Iโ€™m based in South West London and will be taking on clients from February, so drop me an email if youโ€™re interested!

Thanks for reading and happy New Year!

Lauren x

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2 Comments

  1. 2nd January 2018 / 6:58 am

    You are really brave and strong, thanks for sharing your story. Wish you all the best with your new course in 2018!

    • Lauren
      2nd January 2018 / 10:29 am

      Thank you for reading and for your kind words! X

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