About Me

Hello blogosphere! My name is Ashley and I am an 8th trimester Naturopathic Medicine student at National University of Health Sciences. Let me take a moment to introduce myself.

AboutI was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and spent my elementary school years in West Des Moines. From 7th grade on, I was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, AKA the "City of 5 Seasons," or as the locals jokingly refer to it, the "City of 5 Smells"! Being an Iowan, I must dispel a few of the crazy rumors that I have heard in my day.

For starters, "Yes, we do speak English!" I've most certainly been asked this… Seriously? Also, not all Iowans love country music, however, I do! Another thing, the Hawkeye State isn't just one big cornfield, and not everyone knows how to drive a tractor, nor do we all speak with a twang! In actuality, Iowa is a very liberal and progressively thinking state that adheres to many of the values that I believe in. Being that my roots originate in the Heartland, I am completely determined to spread the values of Naturopathic Medicine throughout the Midwest!

While in high school, I knew I wanted to work in the health care field in some capacity and took as many college general education classes at the local community college as were allowed. After graduation, I began as a pre-med major at the University of Iowa, but after my first semester with class sizes upwards of 400 students, I knew that this was not going to be the learning environment for me. I decided to take classes at a local community college while trying to figure out what avenue of health care I wanted to pursue.

After shadowing a local chiropractor who recommended National University, I decided to sign up for the next available Campus Visit Day. It was the best decision I've ever made! I discovered that National would be offering a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Program and determined that this opportunity was perfect for me. Class sizes were more manageable and I instantly fell in love with Naturopathic Medicine after taking a nutrition class taught by a naturopathic doctor on staff. I graduated valedictorian of my Bachelor of Science class in April 2007 and matriculated into the naturopathic program in Fall 2007.

Every day I am constantly reminded of why I love this field of medicine and am reassured that I made the right decision to pursue this degree. As naturopathic students in the Midwest, I believe that we are pioneers in this growing field and I'm honored to do my part to help pave the way for future naturopathic doctors!

I hope this blog gives you a glimpse of what life as a naturopathic student is like! If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me!

-- Ashley