I have been a campus ambassador since May of 2014. But my time as an ambassador is over in a just a few weeks, and my tenure as a student will soon be over too, as I graduate in April. This will be my last blog as a campus ambassador and Cleveland student. It’s been a pleasure. Now that I’m at the end of the program, I’d like to express my views on the process, the journey, and what it will lead me to.
Beginning the program was a giant leap of “well, this seems pretty difficult, and it will take a lot of time and energy, but here we go.” The first year went by rather quickly as I was busy studying for exams and trying to figure out my flow of what worked best for me to balance studies with free time. The first adjustment in Technique III class was a great milestone in the first year, but I knew I had a long way to go.
Pushing through to the second year was similar to the first. I was still very busy, but it was a bit different as I started to take elective adjusting classes and study more pathology and diagnosis. Things got real in the third year. That was when I started seeing patients in the student clinic. It was quite the transition, but it was an exciting one.
On to the outpatient clinic I went, and I hit the ground running. I saw as many patients as I could, even on Friday afternoons. I had a goal to complete my requirements early so I could participate in a preceptorship under a field doctor during my last trimester. Now, here I am. I have completed most of my clinic requirements and I have an interview soon to talk about a preceptorship opportunity. I’m eager to finish here and learn more from my hometown doctor. This has been my goal since before I even started at Cleveland. It hardly seems real.
Looking back on all this, I can’t help but think that it was worth it. I’ve had the privilege of being taught by some great, insanely knowledgeable and passionate instructors. I’ve had the privilege of working as a campus ambassador with the Admissions Office and their awesome staff. I’ve had the privilege of making new friends that will soon be my professional colleagues. I’ve had the privilege of interacting with a smiling cafeteria staff every day when I eat here. I’ve had the privilege of growing as a person through three years of graduate school.
The list goes on. In the end, I know it was difficult, and it took a lot of time and energy, but I got it done. I’m grateful for the knowledge, skills and experience I’ve acquired during my time at Cleveland. I’m now almost ready to begin my own practice, and I feel that I made the right decision three years ago to take that leap and enroll in chiropractic school.