Several years ago, after developing a significant health issue and receiving three, unpalatable and concurring medical opinions for how to address it, I decided to pursue an alternative approach to care, which was able to relieve many of the underlying causes of my condition and completely resolve various associated symptoms.
One Student’s Journey: (Left) Attending Student-for-a-Day, before beginning the DC program; (Center) As a clinic intern; (Right) And now as a graduate! Congratulations to you Rameda, and to all of your Summer 2021 graduating colleagues!
Two of the physicians who supported me at different moments in time were National College of Chiropractic (NCC) alums. In recalling the effectiveness of their therapies, their expressions of empathy in addressing my concerns, and their levels of professionalism, these made such an impression on me at that time that I wanted to follow their examples in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and specifically model their value of whole person care. My experience with those two physicians initiated such a strong desire in me to help others overcome their circumstance(s) that I was encouraged that with education, training, and licensure I could definitely be in a position to do this.
So, when I look back at why I chose NUHS as opposed to other health-related schools, I chose NUHS because of the example of those NCC graduates; the inspiration to serve others in the same way that I had been served and cared for; because NUHS had and continues to have accredited programs; because NUHS maintains a high-performance ranking and reputation; and because the Lombard, Illinois campus is located in my own “backyard” (e.g., the Chicagoland area) and is very accessible. These factors, in addition to the beneficial experiences and relationships I have enjoyed since I started made choosing NUHS an overall excellent choice back then, and I would definitely say it remains an excellent choice now.
Having the advantage of retrospect through the “lens” of a Trimester 10, Doctor of Chiropractic student, I would inform any potential candidate who is considering health related schools that NUHS offers a quality education, comprehensive clinical skills training, and has a long history and reputation of graduating effective leaders in various CAM fields. Additionally, NUHS has a myriad of other offerings, such as: leadership and community service opportunities through student club participation and fellowships – both institutional and external; tutoring and mentoring opportunities by way of becoming a teaching assistant; and professional development experiences by way of attending on- and off-campus seminars and receiving opportunities to work with businesses like FootLevelers, Inc., Standard Process, Inc., and NCMIC through being a student representative for these companies.
Research opportunities and work-study employment in various campus departments can result in establishing and growing professional and personal relationships within and outside of the campus community, and the aforementioned list is by no means exhaustive. As a student blogger for the Chiropractic Program, I regularly shared that student life can include many rich experiences, while an NUHS student receives excellent academic and clinical preparation. This is why I chose and would still choose NUHS. So, if you’re considering a school to attend for Chiropractic, you can be assured that you will have a very full and fruitful journey on your way to program completion.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to write blog posts on behalf of NUHS and its Doctor of Chiropractic Program.
Congratulations to all the NUHS Summer 2021 Graduates – May we all be well, and experience exceeding blessings and success in the next chapter of our Chiropractic journeys!