My name is Sophie Aardoom and I’m in my final year of Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I have just finished my foodservice and community placements and am about to undertake my clinical placements in a few weeks. Having being born and bred in Brisbane, and staying in Brisbane throughout my placement year, I’m really looking forward to hopefully taking my degree elsewhere around Australia!

Describe a typical day for you

Whenever I tell people this they think I’m crazy, but I have been working two jobs whilst being on placement. Although I will be finishing up with one job soon, my days have been very busy for the past few months but I managed to find a good balance between study, work and having a social life. I always have an awesome and nourishing breakfast before I start the day ahead, whether it be before a day of placement or on the weekend with friends. Usually, after a busy day of placement I really enjoy clearing my head with some exercise (usually along the river), then I pack my lunch for the next day and watch tv or read through some blogs before bed.

What do you most enjoy about studying dietetics?

You could say the main reason is my dying love for food; but also a combination of my obsession for keeping up to date with the latest health and nutrition trends and research, providing the community with my knowledge and expertise around food and nutrition, understanding how food impacts and influences our health and thoroughly enjoying cooking.

Why did you choose dietetics as a career?

As cliche as it may sound, I basically wanted to learn how to be the healthiest I could be! I wanted to learn as much as I could about food and nutrition so that I can pass this knowledge on to my future clients and patients. Also, dietetics is an area that is continuously growing and for that reason there are increasingly more opportunities for different fields of work. Whether it be community based working on the implementation of a health program or clinical based working with Type 2 diabetes or paediatrics, there are so many areas that I can’t wait to have a taste of throughout my career.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I have met Roger Federer!