“Know what your ‘Why?’ is.”
What made your first quarter at Life U memorable?
Oh, definitely the professors. The professors in the Chiropractic Sciences are down to earth, they are awesome, they’re always willing to help. The clubs here at Life U are great too, though I don’t have a lot of time for the clubs because the content and the course load can be overwhelming.
But I do go to the CBP (Chiropractic Biophysics) club. I did work in a CBP office, so I am accustomed to that kind of technique. Honestly, the reason why I came to Life U is that I spoke to Dr. Gilles LaMarche before coming here, and he is acquainted with Dr. Walter who I worked with in Canada.
The feeling, the vibe that I got when I spoke to Dr. LaMarche – he didn’t necessarily sell me on why I needed to come to Life U but on why I should do Chiropractic in the first place. And then I got the same kind of feeling, the same kind of sense of home and security and belonging when I came to Life U. It’s a place that I can actually call home.
What surprised you during your first quarter at Life U?
[The need for] time management. I’m from a semester system, and Life U is a quarter system. This quarter system, you must keep on top of it. That was eye-opening for me. […] Midterms are usually in fourth or fifth week, and I kept pushing things back, but no, you’ve got to keep on top of stuff. I figured it out, but that was something that really surprised me.
As a recipient of a Life U International Scholarship, how has that assistance helped you, and what does it mean to you?
I received 50 percent off for four quarters, so I can use some of those funds toward any conferences that I want to go to. I am from Canada, so I am planning to take both the American and Canadian boards so I can allocate funds in the right place.
Even my day-to-day activities, like getting food. I don’t have to worry so much about ‘Oh, I only have 8 dollars or 10 dollars for food.’ Finances are a big thing that the scholarship has really helped with. […] I also upgraded my iPad, because you need an iPad in Radiology or else you will fall behind.
What advice would you give to a new or prospective Life U student?
Specifically, if you want to get into the D.C. program, you need to know what your ‘Why?’ is. Why do you want to do Chiropractic? What are you going to do with it? What kind of chiropractor do you want to be? What techniques do you want to practice?
You really need to know why. If you don’t know your why, you’re not going to be able to push through all of the courses that we have at Life U. Start from the beginning; don’t procrastinate. Focus on all your courses because they all piggyback on one another.
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