Where are you from?
Where do you plan on practicing?
Idaho or Montana. Both have that small-town feel I think will be best for personal and work life balance.
Why did you choose to become a chiropractor?
Before chiropractic I was on a path to medical school. Having been a firefighter paramedic for almost a decade, it seemed the next logical step. As a paramedic I worked up to six days a week on an ambulance, responding to people’s worst days. I got to a point where I was living in a constant state of chaos and noise. Unconsciously, I stopped trusting myself and my decisions. I was blindly following the path others told me to take while responding to the most dire needs of everyone but myself. I was seeing a chiropractor during this time. She didn’t tell me, “You need to check out chiropractic.” Instead, she taught me to stop and listen to myself. I learned to block out excess noise and, rather than respond to somebody’s crisis, look internally at my own. By this time I was accepted to medical school and decided to withdraw without a plan. That’s when my chiropractor said, “I’ve been saying it, but maybe now you want to check out chiropractic?” I realized, “Well, it can’t hurt, right?”
Why did you apply to become a Student Champion?
When I went to Champions Weekend I was still unsure. I found reasons to prevent myself from deciding, one being the cost. I thought, “It’s a lot. I have to take out more loans.”A Student Champion changed my perspective: “Instead of seeing it as, ‘I’m taking out more loans to pay for school,’ view it as, ‘I’m investing in my future. This is what I want so it’s going to take an investment to get me there.’ ” Student Champions were willing to answer my questions. When the opportunity came to apply to become one, I felt it was my turn to give back.
Use one word to describe your chiropractic school experience so far.