The Bachelor of Applied Science in human nutrition was first offered at Ara in 2013. Among the first intake of students was Emma Walker.
Emma had long been interested in nutrition and wanted to study in Christchurch, so her decision to enrol at Ara was an easy one. “Nutrition is such a large component of an individual’s life and it’s involved in many bodily processes. I wanted to explore these effects and use the knowledge to enable others to make healthy lifestyle changes.”
Emma says her degree gave her practical skills and taught her how to apply what she’d learned to real life situations. She says the highlight of the programme was a third-year work placement with the Canterbury Men’s rugby sevens where she worked as a nutrition advisor. “It gave me invaluable hands-on experience that couldn’t have been taught in a class setting.”
Now a qualified nutritionist, Emma is putting her knowledge to good use in two roles. She’s a nutritionist and membership consultant at Total Fitness, and she works as a retail assistant at the New Zealand Health Food Company where she advises and assists customers.
In addition to her work, Emma is also studying a Master of Science in human nutrition by correspondence through Massey University. “I think the future of nutrition is forever changing so I hope to adapt and create opportunities that allow me to expand my knowledge and skills.”