What is your name and what are you studying at LIFE?
I am Gabriel Kelly and I am a Doctor of Chiropractic student.
What made your first quarter at LIFE so memorable?
I met some of the most incredible people in my first quarter. In my undergrad, I would meet somebody Week 1, Week 2. We’d be friends for a month, and then we’d never speak again. But there are so many people that I’ve met [at LIFE] that two and a half, three years later, now I would consider some of my best friends. They’re some of my closest confidants and people that I know will be in my life for the rest of my life. I didn’t realize how important they would be first quarter, but I could feel like there was something special about this person. And it’s not one or two, it’s 15 or 20.
What surprised you during your first quarter at LIFE?
The workload surprised me, just because I was coming from almost a decade of not being in school. And being a social butterfly, I thought I could still do that while going to school. So all my friends were studying for midterms, I’m like, “I got through one degree. This will be fine.” I’m going out to get dinner with friends from Buckhead. That was shock; that was an eye-opener. So after midterms first quarter, I was like, “Oh, okay – buckle down. I have to focus now.”
What advice would you give your younger self?
Lean on your friends. Having somebody to go over something with – if you’re talking about an arm, there’s an arm. Look at their arm. It’s much more of a useful tool that I wish I’d used more, working with friends. It doesn’t even have to be friends, just somebody that you respect, that you know is smart, saying, “Hey – you want to go over this with me?” And people at this school are great, so they’ll probably say, “Yeah.”
How would you describe your first quarter in a few words?
Beginning of greatness.
My 1st Quarter is a new campaign featuring students reflecting on their 1st quarter of studies at Life University and why it was so special and unique. All University students (undergraduates, graduates and D.C.) are encouraged to share their experiences in order to help those in future incoming classes get a real-life glimpse of what they can expect as they start a new chapter of their education journeys at LIFE.