The four years I’ll spend in college to become a Doctor of Chiropractic is roughly 1/6 of my entire life, so far. Considering that I could be in practice for 40 years or more, I want to make the most of every minute I have at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC).
The number of people you meet in college over four years is crazy. The amount of connections a person can make with and through those people after four years is unending, but only if you stay in touch! With that in mind, I’d like to share how I plan to stay connected with my alma mater after graduation. Whether you are pursuing your undergrad or another degree program at CUKC or a different university, here’s how to stay connected.
Check out the alumni activities at your college before graduation to make connections now that will carry into the future. CUKC hosts a variety of events each year to keep students and alumni connected. One of the easiest ways to find out about alumni events is to connect with your university’s Alumni Office and make sure you’re on their mailing list.
Homecoming at CUKC is one of the big annual alumni events for chiropractors that brings many people together. At homecoming, CUKC hosts several vendors that would spark any chiropractor’s interest. Many alumni also attend to learn from guest speakers; others use the opportunity to hold an informal class reunion to keep in touch with their peers.
Carve time from your busy schedule to go online and subscribe to newsletters from your university and professional associations. Then submit your news to them to let others know what’s going on with you. Once you receive the newsletters, scan the articles for a mention of people you know and people you would like to get to know. Send a short email to each of those people to connect with them. Something as simple as “I saw your great news in the alumni magazine. Congrats!” is an easy way to further your college connections.
The Clevelander Alumni Magazine at CUKC contains all the alumni information you could want! It is a particularly great way to stay connected with the school and alumni if you are practicing away from the KC area. You can find back issues of the publication online here.
Continuing education courses are useful for staying current and advancing in your profession, personal enrichment, and networking. The CUKC continuing education program offers a wide variety of seminars that cater to many different chiropractic talents and health professionals. This program can help practicing D.C.’s not only sharpen their skills but also develop new ones.
I can’t tell you how many times a CUKC alum from back home checks with me to make sure I’m seeing someone who practices in the KC area that they graduated with! After graduation, exchanging patient and business referrals can help me and those I work with by creating a two-way street for our chiropractic practices. If I have a patient who’s moving to another town or state, I can refer that patient to a CUKC chiropractor. By working together, we help each other and our patients.
I plan to make student mentorship a priority, as I have received a lot of guidance from CUKC alumni. They know how hard it is to be a student and are willing to help you be successful. By serving as a mentor you’re paying it forward for future generations in your profession, and you’re showing appreciation for your mentors.
It is never too early to start thinking about how you can stay in touch once graduation rolls around. There are SO many ways to stay connected; these were just a few. My goal is to take advantage of the four years I have here by making friendships and connections that will last far beyond my time in school.
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Makenna Rommelfanger is a CUKC campus ambassador and student blogger sharing personal experiences and perspectives. Contact us at email@example.com to learn more about CUKC.