This is my final blog for this trimester. As a result, I decided
to write about new beginnings.
For some students, now is the time they are beginning their
journey into AOM. For other students, it's time for graduation and
the beginning of their journey as practitioners. I was fortunate to
receive feedback on how it feels to be in both places of this
process from two students: Kari Singh and Mia Davis. Kari is
finishing her second trimester at NUHS. Mia is graduating this
trimester. I was rather moved by what each student expressed when
asked how they feel about this phase of their journey.
Kari Singh's Journey into Oriental Medicine
When I was 16 years old, my mother's
best friend gave me a book on Reiki, Reflexology, and Acupuncture.
I remember staying up and finishing the book in one night. Those
words resonated with my soul. My spiritual being knew this is what
I was meant to do...it is part of the reason I was put on this
earth. At the age of 16, though, my rational mind took over and
asked who would pay for this, where will you go to school, how
would you make a living? I went to traditional four-year college
and got my degree in psychology.
Acupuncture student Kari Singh
At the age of 36, I was going
through a rough time in my life. I started receiving acupuncture
treatments. My life was at a crossroads. The first treatment was a
very moving experience for me. I felt Qi rushing through my body.
It was like parts of me that weren't communicating suddenly were.
My mind and my heart were one. I found myself and my calling all at
once. I wanted to do this. I wanted to heal. After two weeks of
treatments, I noticed major changes.
I found National University of
Health Sciences shortly after. I started coming to the clinic to be
treated by students. I asked a lot of questions about the program
and I felt at peace. I knew this was the place for me. I enrolled
and started at National in the fall of 2011. The day before
orientation I was cleaning out a box and found that book from when
I was 16. I had not seen that book in years. It made me smile
because it was destiny. I will finish my second trimester this
April 2012. I feel blessed every day to be part of this school.
Many of my professors inspire and amaze me, daily. My goal is to be
able to teach at this institution some day because I want to give
back to a student what I receive now.
There are so many things about being
a student at National that make this program unlike any other. The
professors are so passionate about this program. Many of them go
out of their way to ensure students succeed. The program is well
rounded and geared towards blending eastern with a solid western
foundation. The clinic treats patients from the public for $25. I
am currently observing other students treating patients. It is very
exciting to see patients with Parkinson's, Crohn's, anxiety, and a
host of other conditions report how beautiful and amazing
acupuncture and oriental medicine are to make them feel whole. I am
excited every day as my journey continues.
I have three treasures. Guard
and keep them:
The first is deep love,
The second is frugality,
And the third is not to dare to be ahead of the
Because of deep love, one is courageous.
Because of frugality, one is generous.
Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes
the leader of the world.
-- Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604
BC - 531 BC)(1)
I feel very inspired by what Kari wrote. I can feel her
passion through her words. Simply reading her statement
caused me to feel excited for her!
Mia also wrote an insightful and motivating statement regarding
how it feels to be graduating.
Mia Davis' Journey into the Profession
WOW! Time sure does fly by! It seems
like just yesterday I was starting the Oriental Medicine program.
These past three years in the program have been so wonderful. It's
amazing the amount of knowledge and experience I have gained in
that time. Not only have I learned about oriental medicine, but
I've also learned about another culture, language, and perspective
on health and life.
Oriental Medicine student Mia Davis
My instructors have been supportive
and beyond amazing at what they do. The amount of wisdom and caring
they have imparted is truly unique and I will always be grateful
that I've had this opportunity to learn from them. It feels good to
know that I will be graduating with a feeling of true
accomplishment and know-how. The friendships I have made here are
golden. While my time at NUHS is coming to an end, the gift of
knowledge I've been given here will last me a lifetime!
While Kari is entering the interesting world of learning AOM,
Mia now has the knowledge and skill set available to soon treat
patients as a practitioner. What I find most intriguing is both Mia
and Kari seem equally passionate and excited at where they are in
their journey. Both students are at the doorway of a new beginning,
ready to begin with both feet in and arms wide open!
Congratulations to everyone graduating this trimester!
Also, congratulations to everyone starting this journey!