Her advice to other students is to make more connections in the earlier quarters. “I wish that I had been more involved with some of the clubs and stuff,” she shared. “I wish that I had been more involved in study groups. I realize that when I felt inadequate in a class, I didn’t want to get in a study group because I didn’t want to reveal what I didn’t know.” She hopes that people realize that everybody struggles with something, and it shouldn’t be embarrassing. “When I was in a study group, it came so much easier because we all had something to share with each other. You don’t get through this program alone.”
My 1st Quarter: Stephen Hill
The advice I would probably tell myself is to take it a little more serious and just do the little things every day. It’s kind of like the snowball effect in a way, or compound interest. You do a little bit every day and it builds and builds and builds.
Jesslian Rosa Rosado
“When I came to LIFE Leadership Weekend, the Student Ambassadors were a key thing for my decision to come here because seeing all of their stories and struggles, them still finding a way to be here and do what they love inspired me,” she shared. “They left a mark in me that made me want to be able to do that to other people.” Rosado became a Student Ambassador in order to work with prospective students and guests to give them the amazing experience that she had.
“Ask yourself why you are in this space,” Getter said. “How are we going to get you to that why? You have to be open to being counseled around that because it is never just about the money; it is about your purpose. If your purpose is in sync with the donor’s perspective, they are going to support you because they have been where you are.” To that end, she shared that Life University’s core values that are engrained in the campus culture – Integrity, Vitalism and Lasting Purpose – help students get clear on their position and purpose and help them find that “why” they’ve been looking for.
For Nick Shelby, becoming a chiropractor is a family affair. Shelby’s father and uncle both graduated from Life University. Regardless of that history, Shelby made the decision to pursue the profession on his own.
My 1st Quarter: Gabriel Kelly
Lean on your friends. Having somebody to go over something with – if you’re talking about an arm, there’s an arm.
My 1st Quarter: Amber Jackson
I would tell myself, “Don’t give up. Things are going to be hard, but they’re going to be hard for a reason, and they’re going to be necessary and are all growth opportunities. Do not run from adversity – welcome it. Those hard challenges, those mountains are worth the climb.”
My 1st Quarter: Christian Barreto
I would tell my younger self to find a way to divide his time into things that make him feel valuable.
Melody Zurawski is a Doctor of Chiropractic student at Life University from Nashville, Tennessee. At LIFE she’s been inspired by the big picture and realized she can do more than she thought to leave a Lasting Purpose. “It’s been encouraging seeing people serve and ask for help, and hearing from professors about how the University has positively impacted their lives,” she said.
My 1st Quarter: Mikey Provost
I would tell my younger self to figure out how you study best. We are all very different learners.