As many of you may relate, my journey into learning
oriental medicine (OM) was not a direct path. I have always had a
desire to be involved in the medical field and to help people, but
initially traveled in a different career path.
Since childhood, I wanted to either be a doctor or an actress.
When I enrolled into my undergraduate program, I initially planned
to major in premed. But, when the time came, I realized I was not
comfortable working with cadavers, so I walked down the interesting
path of acting. For many years I lived a career of acting, modeling
and public speaking. While enjoying that career, I continued to
feel pulled to the medical field and learned independently about
holistic medicine and energy medicine. The more I learned, the more
I became pulled into the direction of making the medical field my
career path and allowing my previous career to become a hobby. My
first step was beginning classes in Healing Touch, a form of energy
medicine and therapy. Healing Touch helped me confirm that my heart
was in working with patients and no longer cameras.
Once I made my decision, I became interested in becoming either a
naturopathic doctor or doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine.
The more I researched the two fields, the more the philosophy of
oriental medicine resonated with me and was the path I pursued. At
the time, NUHS was in the beginning stages of starting the Master
of Science in Oriental Medicine program so I decided to attend a
different college. Due to several life changes, including becoming
a new mom, and moving, it became too be difficult to continue to
attend my original college.
All these changes led me to attend an open house at National
University of Health Sciences. I was completely impressed by all
the facilities on campus, especially the clinic, herbal room and
the usage of the cadaver lab for the biomedical aspect of our
studies. Funny enough, working on cadavers is what caused me to
avoid pursing my MD, but now is a fascinating aspect in achieving
my MSOM. It's interesting how time changes us! As a result of all
the information and my further research about NUHS' OM program, I
decided to apply to National. After applying to NUHS, I thought to
myself, "Why didn't I go here in the first place?"
Fortunately, I was accepted to National University. I have
thoroughly enjoyed my experiences ever since beginning here. I feel
I am learning new information on a daily basis by highly qualified
instructors who truly care about how well I grasp the information
being taught. I feel the NUHS OM faculty strive for each of their
students to excel in the field. It is apparent that the faculty has
expectations for their students to become leaders in acupuncture
and oriental medicine.