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Do You Believe in Fate

The Event that Changed My Life (and Brought Me Here)

Hey All, 

I was taking a step back and looking at my life the other day. How did I get to this point in my life? Why do I believe certain things? Why do I behave certain ways? I started daydreaming about events that have had major influences on my life. Then I thought about how I got to be here at NUHS studying chiropractic medicine. The story is more fate-like than conscious choice.

When we were younger, we all had dreams and ideas of what we wanted to be when we grew up. After my dreams of becoming a superhero were gone, my ambitions changed to becoming a pro athlete when I got into high school. Then reality hit as my soaking wet, 5', 103 lb. frame made the varsity hockey team. I probably wasn't big enough to be a pro athlete. So, I did the next best thing, and considered becoming a country club pro so I could play golf all day (haha). What I didn't realize is they probably play the LEAST amount of golf. I worked at 5 different courses when I was younger; it was true. I wondered what I would do with the rest of my life.

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The pic is of my junior year in high school, about the same time
I got into chiropractic. Look how young I look! Ahah!

Then, as if from a strange chance, during a hockey game junior year in high school I checked this 6'4" kid in a hockey game breaking out of the zone and just destroyed my back into the boards. I usually loved hitting the biggest kid on the other team; this time, it was a bad idea. I tried to bounce right up. My back was not having it. Sharp, radiating pain in my right SI joint (I didn't know what that was at the time lol) kept me down. A few choice words not printable on this blog came out of my mouth as I realized I probably just ended my season. I HATE being hurt. HATE IT.

After the game, I got the medical workup and physical therapy was prescribed. I've been through PT before with a shoulder injury freshman year and I religiously did my rehab with rest, painkillers and ice. Weeks into the treatment I just wasn't getting better. I still walked with a limp, let alone put enough pressure to skate off that leg. Here's where I believe my life path started changing. Out of nowhere, my mom suggested I go to her chiropractor. I agreed and the next day I had an office visit. I got EMS, adjustments and a little soft tissue. Three treatments later that week along with the chiro's recommendation to continue my PT exercises, I felt ready for the ice again. My coach was rather shocked that I had gone from probably a 6-8 week injury to a 3-week injury so quickly. I was just ecstatic that I could play again and could finally sit through class all day without pain.

After that event, I began increasing my relationship with Dr. Jen Belesi as well as increasing my interest in natural therapies and chiropractic medicine. Senior year we were allowed to get an internship instead of going to school the last 2 months. I chose to get an internship with a chiropractor that my aunt went to a few towns over. Everything had been set up for a few weeks and the day before I was supposed to start the doc called me and cancelled my Internship. I was SHOCKED and CRUSHED. A million things were going through my mind, and I thought I was going to have to go to school and be let down by this missed opportunity I had been looking forward to so much.

Chiropractic could have easily slipped by me at this time. That's about the same time my mom gave it to me straight (as parents have a knack for doing). She said, "Well, you can either give in and go back to school, or you can call Dr. Jen (the chiro who treated me for hockey) and see if there's something last minute you can conjure up. The worst thing is she says no and you're still in the same boat. BUT you never know without asking. I would call if I were you, but it's your choice."

I was pretty afraid of the phone at that age in my life and didn't feel comfortable asking adults for things. For some reason, I picked up the phone, shaking on the inside, rang Dr. Jen, and explained the situation. Her remarks, when I think about it now, are probably the reason I'm writing this blog post at NUHS today, "Sure, Christian, I'd love to have you intern! I'll drop off the office keys tonight and see you at 8am in the office!"

Wow. Just wow.

She decided to hire me on for the next couple summers when I came back from college. National, her alma mater, combined with her exceptional clinical skills were the reasons for me only applying here, and why I'm at NUHS studying chiropractic hoping that one day I'll be able to influence someone's life in the same unbelievably positive way Dr. Jen Belesi did for me. With that, I am grateful to her forever. 

As I reflect on these events, I encourage you to take life as it comes. Don't take yourself too seriously, don't except the status quo, ask for what you want, and be willing to look for the silver lining even in the most unfortunate circumstances. You never know when the next event will be the event that changes your life forever.

If I didn't get hurt in a freak hockey check...

If the chiro I went to wasn't a good clinician…

If I didn't get turned down for my internship with another chiropractor...

If I didn't get brave and call Dr. Jen...

If she didn't say YES, or even have the ability to say YES...

I wouldn't be here writing this today. So, do you believe in fate? I do.

Take home exercise: Take 10 minutes and think about the events that got you to where you are in life right now. Be thankful. What are the 2-3 biggest things you can do to change your life in a meaningful way tomorrow. Take action and don't accept mediocrity.

Sincerely,
Christian 

Common Prospective Student Questions

Hey everyone!

Another week in the bag! Did anyone notice this trimester is absolutely flying by? 

I thought we would do things a little differently this blog and answer two emails I recently got to shed some light on common questions prospective students have before making a plunge into NUHS studies (or chiropractic in general). Isn't that what this blog is for anyways? ;)

"...Just wondering, how far in advance did you apply before starting. Is it like med school where you have to apply a year before intended enrollment? Also, how many years does it take on average?" -- Jessica

Great questions! I applied to NUHS in the fall of my senior year in college for admission for the following fall. Sidenote: The fall class is always the biggest and seems to have a lot of people who are about the same age post college graduation. I love my class (still! :). So, although it appears it was a year in advance, I knew I wanted to go to National since senior year in high school. I worked for a grad and it's the best chiro school in the country. It seemed like a no brainer.

With that said, Admissions recommends you apply six months to a year in advance, but you can still apply in late spring for the fall. It takes about 2-4 weeks for all the application stuff to go through and get your decision. Not to blow anyone's horn but my admissions lady (Anne Joy, I believe), who I probably called a zillion times asking her questions and confirming all application materials, was a HUGE help during the process continually going above and beyond the call of duty, and probably the nicest lady ever. (Except Marie...who is the unsung hero of this blog. ;)

My advice, the Bottom Line: One shouldn't just go to chiropractic school because they didn't get into allopathic medical school and still want to be called a "doctor." It's a ton of work (10 trimesters of 27 credits each...totaling about 3.5 years if you go straight through). If you don't truly have a passion for it, you will get burnt out. I love it, but it's not fairy tales and money trees when you get into the real world, so choose what's in your heart and you'll be right where you're supposed to be come next fall. :)

"...I really am interested to know what your opinion is on being a chiropractic student at National. I grew up a patient and want to do what my doc does. I've also seen a video of Dr. James Winterstein. I think he is the president talking about the ability to prescribe.  I'm curious why he said those things. I always thought chiros were against that. Oh, and is there a lot to do in the area outside of school?" -- Brent

Great questions, Brent! First, I do love being a student here. I love the friends I've made here and many of them will be close for life. The curriculum is rigorous and can feel daunting, but if you go to seminars and keep focused you'll pop out a darn good chiro for wherever you decide to practice!

As for the President's video comments, I have not seen the one you refer to but I have an idea of what you're fishing for. Dr. W is in favor of increasing our scope of practice (which is a good thing). It doesn't mean we HAVE to/or will use drugs when we are in practice. You're absolutely right, many chiros don't think many of their patients' problems are from "drug deficiency," if you catch my drift ;).

However, the biggest pro for it, which I myself was unaware of at first, is if you have prescription rights, you have the ability to LEGALLY take your patients off certain medications. As it stands right now, if a patient walks in with 10 prescriptions and we think they realistically need only 1 or 2 (hypothetical), we don't have the legal scope to tell them to stop taking the drugs. We have to tell them to ask their MD to take them off, which you can imagine creates a whole host of other interesting things which is beyond the scope of this blog (pun intended!).

Time will tell. As long as you have the passion for helping people with chiropractic, I highly recommend National. There's plenty of fun stuff to do and Chi town is a quick train ride away!

Well, that wraps up the blog this week. 

Peace out,
CC

Tri Mixer

Hello, everyone! 

Do you ever wonder if chiro students have any fun? (We do.) Do you wonder when? Tri Mixer (with some exceptions lol). Tri Mixer is the fun 'school' party that Student Council hosts every third weekend of each trimester. It's a great way to get together with your fellow compadres, sling back a few wobbly pops and attempt to Michael Jackson on the dance floor.

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This trimester's mixer was hosted at Rita's, the infamous 'dance club' a few miles from school on Butterfield Rd. The reason I mention infamous is that I'm fairly certain everyone has a story regarding a Rita's night, whether that was a poor drink consumption decision, horrible dance-off, toss-off the mechanical bull, or felt the stare of a creepy old guy. Need I say more?

So it couldn't possibly be a good time, right? False. It was a great time! I love getting together with all my friends from all the tris who we don't get to see as often (especially given the new class attendance policy) and having a fun, dance-filled night.

I'm going to have a big study week this week because I'm a bit behind on the notes and we are going to have midterm season creeping up on us. I'm also trying to figure out if I should run for a Student Council position. I'm already on the board of two clubs and I have a lot of stuff on my plate, so I will be contemplating the added monetary benefit with the time restrictions.

Until next week... 

Cheers,
CC

New Trimester...New Blog Style?

Hello everyone! 

Hope everyone had a great break, enjoyed the time off and recharged your batteries!

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A couple friends and I in front of "The Bean" in Chicago.

This trimester I'm going to run the blog similar to last trimester with some informational posts blended in with student life. I may even evolve the blog a little and do a vlog. A vlog is a video blog of whatever you'd like to talk about. Obviously, for the purpose of this blog I'd like to do a little b-roll footage of campus, some chats with friends on campus, and ultimately maybe some informational clips.

I ran it by some of my friends on campus and they thought it was a good idea.

With that said...vote by email.

What would you like to see? For new students, what would you like to know about the school and what aspects would you like to see in case you haven't got a chance to visit? Are there any topics like gait, rehab, etc., you'd like to see a video on?

Email me!

This trimester has a ton of goodies store. Hope to see you around campus!

Christian