I first visited Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) at a spring open house event. While it was nerve-wracking, as soon as I walked in the door, I was greeted with smiles and immediately I felt at home. Now as a campus ambassador, I welcome prospective students to campus.
I am involved here at CUKC, but by far, campus ambassador is my favorite position I’ve held since being a student. As a campus ambassador, I get to brag about the place I call home for much of the week, as well as about the amazing profession I’m pursuing. A few of my favorite parts when touring with new students include meeting and talking with Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III himself, visiting the cadaver lab, and of course, lunch!
You might be wondering, about the connection between Dr. Cleveland and Cleveland University-Kansas City? Well, if you come and tour our campus, you’ll get to meet Dr. Cleveland, the president of the university and the grandson of the founders. It is so neat to talk with Dr. Cleveland about the history of CUKC and the profession, because he experienced it firsthand growing up. You cannot help but smile when you are listening to the stories, because he is so passionate about the future of the university and the profession.
My next couple of stops on the tour include the technique labs and cadaver lab. This is where you see my passion for the profession come alive. I could talk for hours about honing in on the art of chiropractic and the techniques that you can learn here at CUKC. The cadaver lab is always a fun experience because you either have students who know exactly what to expect and want to be shown all the anatomy of the human body, or you have the few who cover their nose with their shirt collar. Good news, though, our cadaver lab is on a completely different ventilation system than the rest of the university, so you will not smell the formaldehyde unless you are in the dissection lab. The cadaver lab is an amazing study tool available to our students at CUKC. I always say, “The material stuck 100 times better in any class that required me to be in the cadaver lab because it forced me to go through all the anatomy and be able to say this is the femoral artery because this structure, this structure, and this structure surrounds it.”
Lunch is my last stop with visitors, and while there are many other stops along the tour, including our student and outpatient clinics, it is by far my favorite. At the CUKC café, you meet Bianca, who always makes sure you do not leave hungry. This is also when the prospective students ask me questions. I love watching them go from thinking they might want to be a chiropractor, to knowing they want to be a chiropractor student at Cleveland.
Megan McRell is a CUKC campus ambassador and student blogger sharing personal experiences and perspectives. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org learn more about CUKC.