Revised: 7/29/17 – I created a video series on this very topic which is available on social media.
Revised: 6/1/14 (entry incomplete: I will add more info).
I was contacted and some of you are curious w/ nutrition/exercise science edu. So, I tried to provide a (non-bias) answer.
For example: do I recommend Dietetics? If yes/no, why? Do I like the course work, and how would I rate (instructors and the environment)? Friendly?
Answer: I have mixed views, damn it – at times, I am blunt…not good if it goes against the herd so-to-speak. Dietetics is what you make of it, and no — the environment isn’t always inviting (nor friendly). However, there are contributing factors that play a role, and I will focus on a few.
Dislike (relating to gender) – Dietetics: predominantly female (students and instructors). Personally, I don’t meet a lot of male registered dietitians (RDs) /instructors…unless he is gay, and I mean no disrespect (much love). Sure, men are treated differently, possibly. Personally, I have no issue working with women or homosexual men (professionals are not limited/restricted to gender/sexual orientation).
(Environment) – Exercise science: I completed few courses, and I easily/instantly fit in. Notice the difference in response – no hesitation! Gender: there’s a handful of men and women (which is positive).
Reality check – Dietetics: Now, I realize there’s a demand for (male) RDS, but I don’t see a significant increase anytime soon. As a male, I am not impressed with how the system works, and I am referring to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). I find it ironic: a lot of men state the same — especially (men) who changed majors (example: nutrition to exercise science). Men have a different outlook.
I heard similar comments: “Dietetics coursework is crap and a waste of time because we are limited to what the academy wants us to know. Down-side, it/ll take me 6 years to actually make something out-of-nothing.”
note: personally, I do not entirely agree w/ this statement.
Dietetics – Course work: I notice (most men) don’t take interest and fail to do well on (homework/course work) unless (he copies from an outside source). Personally, I have worked w/ students and notice the difference.
Question: Why is it like this?
Answer: well, I cannot give a one answer to fit all. Men have a different interpretation/response relating to any and everything, ha. I will put one’s gender aside: I notice individual work is not always a good thing (nor appreciated); I see an alarming amount of plagiarism and academic dishonest (especially in the field of Dietetics). Figuratively speaking, I see many getting spa treatment and it’s pitiful. I love the course work (example: advance nutrition – nutrition biochemistry) because it is of interest, and I can be creative (in how I study and complete my work). My efforts — does it go unnoticed? Possibly, yea.. I don’t care, though – I enjoy my time, and I am less interested in a staged (bogus) compliment.
Question: Dietetics (professors)? How are they?
Answer: I know this is difficult for a (man/s-man) to understand. As a male student: one has to learn the basics (example: how you act and present yourself is important – this is not exercise you know). Why? Some exams are in essay format (not always multiple choice) – sometimes knowing your stuff does not cut it — I know…unfair, right? As an example: at times, I noticed my instructor acted more on personal view/emotion than fairness; personally, I notice men get cocky (females notice this conduct and dislike it).