Turns out, “intro to nutrition” was just a bit too intro for where I am at this point in my nutritional understanding. I dropped the class today.
I was a little bummed about that, because I’d been looking forward to doing something more nutritionally-focused in an academic way, and then I had a better idea. Look into those open course MIT things.
Has anyone ever done them? Apparently, there are a bunch of classes that MIT posts lecture notes/videos, reading assignments, homework topics, etc. for, and if you want to do the work, go for it. It’s free, it’s not really being “taught” to you, but it puts the tools in place, along with a full, complete professor-delineated curriculum. Which, as someone who is interested in things, but can get lost in the sheer amount of information available, I very much appreciate.
There’s a *whole class* on cholesterol, and its role in our cells. Call me a dork all you want, that sounds fascinating.
What I’m likely to do is go through the writing about food class first. Set up a recurring time each week to read through the lecture notes, do the homework on a regular basis, complete the four required essays. Treat it like an in-person class. Just, not.. in person.
We’ll see how that goes. If nothing else, academic writing. Learning new things. Using my mind a little more than is currently sometimes required by my work-life circumstances. (Although I have to say, I have some truly incredible people in my life, and one in particular, who challenge me in the best intellectual ways constantly. Complex, interesting debates on a range of topics. Really gets those synapses firing.)
There are some other really interesting sounding classes.. history of the immune system, synthesizing protein. If anyone’s interested, I’d love a study-buddy. 🙂
Whatdya say, we’ll ‘take’ the class together!