Dietetics Graduate Promotes the Value of Education
There is a wealth of opportunities in the field of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, says Ms Lulama Gumbi, who was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics from UKZN.
Gumbi has always appreciated the value of a good education, saying she was fortunate to grow up in a family that taught her the importance of learning.
She chose to enrol in the Dietetics programme because of her interest in food sciences and health, saying she was pleasantly surprised to learn how extensive the discipline is, with applications in clinical, foodservice, community and research fields.
Clinical and research modules interested Gumbi, motivating her to continue her studies.
Gumbi chose to study at UKZN because of its renowned academic staff and the quality and relevance of its curricula. She also acknowledged the opportunities for students to get involved in activities beyond academics.
During her studies, Gumbi assisted Masters students in her discipline with their fieldwork, gaining more exposure to research, and volunteered her time for outreach activities. She also worked as a demonstrator for practicals and as a tutor.
Gumbi says her Postgraduate Diploma year included working in a specialised hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, allowing her to put into practice knowledge absorbed during her undergraduate studies.
‘The exposure I received in my postgraduate year taught me how to think critically and analyse everything, which also really helped me grow as a person,’ said Gumbi.
Gumbi credited her family for their invaluable support and thanked her lecturers, who she says are passionate about their field.
‘To this day, when I make decisions at work I still recall some lessons I learned during lectures. I really appreciate their passion and the time they spent on us as students,’ said Gumbi.
Now working as a Community Service Dietician in KwaZulu-Natal, she encouraged other students to listen to everything being taught and to invest time in their studies.