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Mandisa Lau

Q. Program and year graduated?

A. Food and Nutrition Management, 2017 & Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Promotion, 2018

Q. Why did you choose Humber College?

A. I chose Humber because it was one of the colleges to offer nutrition. Despite being a big campus, Humber still remains a small knit community. That small knit community made me feel welcome and gave me a security blanket. During the open house, I specifically remember the professors trying to get to know me and my background. After attending open house, it eased my mind that going off to post-secondary wasn’t so scary.

Q. What are 5 skills Humber taught you that are necessary to be a top performer in this job?

A. Organizational, entrepreneurial, time management, presentation skills, and conscience.

Q. How was your major related to your current work?

A. My major was in both management and lifestyles of nutrition. I am currently working in the field of lifestyle nutrition. I’m currently a cook instructor for the City of Mississauga, I teach children from ages 3.5-14 on the importance of eating healthy and how to make simple and delicious meals.

Q. Which class did you find most beneficial?

A. The class I found most beneficial was Recipe Development. In this class, we were taught the importance of building a recipe. It consisted of experimenting with different types of sauces, different cuts of meats etc.

Q. How did Humber prepare you for the work world?

A. Humber prepared me for the work world because I was given the opportunity to do placements and internships throughout my two diplomas. The internships/placements gave me the opportunity to put what I learned during class and tailor it to the work world.

Q. What was the biggest obstacle you faced during your time as a student?

A. One of the biggest obstacles I faced during my time as a student was making friends. I’m often a shy person and I don’t like taking initiative and getting involved If I am not 100% immersed and comfortable in my environment. By second year, I realized the importance of getting involved and how it could benefit me in the near future.

Q. How did your experience at Humber help you find employment after graduation?

A. Humber provided me the education and essential skills required for my field. For example: In Food & Nutrition Management, our curriculum was based on the 8 competencies of CSNM (Canadian Society of Nutrition Management). At the end of the diploma, we were certified as a nutrition manager.

Q. What do you enjoy about your career?

A. The Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Program was the push I needed to get into the Community Side of Nutrition. It was refreshing to know that there was much more than just institutional Nutrition. Having done the on-campus internship for Big Brothers and Big Sisters I knew that working with youth and nutrition was what I wanted to do. Through my 3 years at Humber, I’ve developed great and strong relationships with the teaching staff, and I can honestly say that they are the MOST supportive people you will come across.

Q. What accomplishment are you most proud of since graduating?

A. I am most proud of finding employment shortly after graduation.

Q. Would you recommend Humber to future students?

A. I would definitely recommend Humber to future students.

Q. What are some challenges you may face on a day to day basis at your current job?

A. Some of the challenges I face on a day to day basis at my current job include, ensuring that the curriculum I implemented are interesting and motivate the participates to continue cooking even after my class.