Here they are: talk, walk, look, listen. When you’ve made up your mind that becoming a chiropractor is the right career path for you, those four words can help you navigate choosing a chiropractic school. Here’s how to use them to make the right choice for your future.
Schedule time to speak with chiropractors who are in different stages of their careers. These conversations don’t need to be lengthy to be meaningful. Start by asking him or her what it was like becoming a chiropractor. You might ask what they love most and least about their career or one thing they wished they had asked someone when they were studying to become a chiropractor. Questions like these will help you get an idea of what else you might want to ask as you talk with people about your career plans.
While you’re making time to talk with chiropractors, also take the time to speak with college advisors, chiropractic students, chiropractic patients, and those who encourage and support you as “career cheerleaders.” The key here is to talk with a variety of people who provide different perspectives for you to consider as you begin to explore your educational options.
Pro Tip: If you’re not sure who to talk with first, a college advisor can help you. College advisors know of speaking events you can attend, chiropractors you might shadow, and students who can share their perspectives about a particular chiropractic school.
As you’re deciding between chiropractic schools, make sure that you sign up for a tour to walk each campus you’re considering. It’s not just about seeing the buildings and the classrooms, though that’s important. It’s about taking time to put yourself in the role of a student and getting as complete a picture as possible about what your life as a student would be like at each chiropractic school.
Walking around campus gets your blood flowing and activates your senses as you take in the sights, sounds, smells, and even flavors each school offers. Walking can also serve as a good motivator and reassures you that you’re progressing toward your goal of becoming a chiropractor.
Pro Tip: Go for an occasional walk. Doing so can reduce stress, clear your mind, and improve your concentration as you get ready to decide which chiropractic school is right for you.
When you’re choosing a chiropractic school, look with your eyes and your mind to investigate. Yes, you’ll want to literally look at (and read, of course!) college literature, blogs, websites, social media message, and reviews, but there’s more to it than that.
You’ll also figuratively want to look at and consider what you specifically need and want from a chiropractic school. As you look around and compare your options, stay receptive to what you find. You may have been looking for a huge campus, and then find that with more information something else, like a tight-knit community, is a better fit for your educational needs.
Pro Tip: Look with your eyes and mind wide open.
When you’re in listening mode, you’re ready to absorb information, and that’s exactly what you need to do when choosing a chiropractic school. But what should you listen for? Listen for facts and ideas that you can explore more in-depth during conversations and afterward.
Most importantly, listen to yourself. You’ll know when you need more information to make a decision as well as when you’re ready to take the next step toward realizing your dream of becoming a chiropractor.
Consider the Chiropractic School at CUKC
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a private, nonprofit, healthcare-focused university located in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of nearly 190,000 people within the Kansas City metropolitan area. The University’s College of Chiropractic has been a national leader since 1922. CUKC is also the first U.S. chiropractic college to have two Force Sensing Tables in the adjusting laboratory on campus, which is helping students to gain chiropractic adjustment skills and confidence.
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