Upon considering what to do for graduate school, I had a few different ideas. I wanted to study engineering, international studies, or chiropractic. Yes, I know. These are all over the place, but that’s probably because I have so many interests. I have good reasons for considering each of them.
I thought about engineering because I studied math education for my undergraduate degree and I like problem solving. I considered international studies because serving in the Peace Corps got me thinking more globally. As for chiropractic, I had been interested since I started getting treated by my doc around 13 years ago, but the idea was on the back burner to many other things in the interim. After visiting many schools, talking to professors, and shadowing people in the field for each of these ideas, I set my sights on chiropractic. Here are the top 5 reasons I chose chiropractic:
1. I really like working with and helping people. This profession requires the doctor to interact with people on a daily basis.
2. The human body is immensely interesting. I learn more about the body every day and it’s great to know that knowledge can be used to get people out of pain or functioning better.
3. I get to be my own boss. I like the idea of being in control of my practice decisions and day-to-day workings of my career.
4. I like to travel. Whether it’s a seminar, conference, or mission trip, this profession provides opportunities to go places. Also, I’ll get to call my own shots on when I take some vacation time for a leisurely trip.
5. I know I can’t be a rock star. I love playing music and performing for others, and it would be tons of fun to go on tour, but I knew I needed a more pragmatic goal in life. My compromise is that once my practice is going strong, I might have the financial flexibility to put a studio in my basement. Then my buddies could come over and jam whenever, and we could play local shows.
When it comes down to choosing the right graduate program for you, I suggest considering what you want out of life and what you would like to put back into society through your work.