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Coralie Rostam - Food and Nutrition

Coralie Rostam

Hi! I’m Coralie and I’m studying BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition. Preparing to start uni is really exciting, but can be overwhelming too. I've shared my advice and tips to make your transition to uni life as smooth as possible and hopefully ease any anxieties you might have.

The best discovery I’ve made since starting university

Knowing that this course leads to a number of opportunities and career routes certainly makes it worthwhile. The number of skills I feel that I’ve gained feels amazing.  Food and Nutrition at BCU isn’t only designed around one theme but several, including: food science, technology and analysis, food safety and quality, and nutrition.

My favourite thing about BCU

My favourite thing about BCU is that it doesn’t matter which campus you’re from. You can still have access to the other campuses to study and borrow books. There will always be someone to help.

The newly-built labs and advanced equipment are also a huge bonus for me on this course. We’re fortunate to have this opportunity as Food and Nutrition does involve a lot of hours in laboratories.   

What I love about the city

Birmingham is my home city so you can imagine how much I love it! You would probably think for someone that has lived their whole life in Birmingham there would be nothing left to do but you’d be surprised how much there is going on! You name it! If you’re a food-aholic like me then Grand Central is the best place as there’s so much to discover and taste! One of the BEST things about Birmingham though is that everything is so much cheaper than many cities (particularly those further south).

My top tips for new Food and Nutrition students

Make the most of your first year at uni! Always keep on top of your work and attend all lectures and sessions. Most importantly, just enjoy the course.

What I didn’t know before starting my course

Reflect, reflect, and reflect! It’s useful to have all your experiences documented so you can revisit them at any time. A top tip from me is to always remember to attend every session and reflect on them as you will be assessed on this in the Skills and Competencies Development module.

My uni essentials

My number one uni essential is a good phone as you will be receiving lots of emails that need responding to quickly. It is also handy to have a phone with a good camera and memory as there will be a lot of picture taking.

Good luck guys and I hope to see you around next year at BCU doing Food and Nutrition!