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AOM: Week 5!!!

by Feb 10, 2023

Hello, checking in on you all. How is the first round of exams going? So far, I have had three, which were completed on Sunday. I have an exam every day this week except for Friday, and the last one is on Monday, February 13. It is hard to keep up the intense studying. I like to study alone, and since I live off campus my room has become study headquarters. I am not sure if this is the healthiest situation, but I like a quiet environment. I do make time to leave the room to work out or take a breather for a while. This was not always the case.

My first year, I would literally study until I became physically ill. After a few emergency room visits I realized that I needed to change my study habits. Not all study habits are beneficial. There was an internal battle between being a good student or being a healthy student. I thought I could not be both. I was having terrible test anxiety. I felt if I was not looking at class material all the time the information would leave me and the day of the test, I would remember nothing!

Closeup young woman with worried stressed face expression eyes closed trying to concentrate with brain melting into lines question marks deep thinking. Obsessive compulsive, adhd, anxiety disorders

I learned to let go and try my best, while being my best. Acupuncture, yoga, breathing exercises and a set bedtime has helped me. I try to study consistently and no cramming before an exam. My grades are basically the same; I did improve in Matera Medica. But my family has noticed a difference. I want to leave NUHS a better human. I want to grow in mind, body and spirit during this journey. I want to be able to help people on their healing journeys.

Do I still get a little stressed ABSOLUTELY! Do I still struggle with staying up all night to cram…I must raise my hand and say, YES! I am a work in progress, and as I continue in the AOM program, that is just fine with me.

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The choice is ours. Which will you choose?

Read more about handling stress at these NUHS integrative medicine blogs: How Naturopathic Medicine Doctors Use the Therapeutic Order to Treat Stress and How Acupuncture Can Promote Your Overall Health and Wellbeing This Year.


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Monique Carter

Monique Carter

My name is Monique Carter and I am a student in National University's AOM program. I chose this program because the basic tenets of Chinese Acupuncture and Herbs align with a holistic healing process that is steeped in years of tradition and research. I anticipate that learning these skills and applying this knowledge will allow me to help many in need. Starting this journey at the age of 49 has been humbling as well as life-changing, I am excited and grateful!


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