Life Chiropractic College West’s newest students arrived on campus Monday morning for orientation. Forty-two first-quarter students were welcomed to the Life West family with open arms and a slate of events designed to get them up to speed quickly.
After the new students had pictures taken for their ID cards, they filed into the assembly hall foyer for an event facilitated by Student Life Manager Dani Lorta and Director of Enrollment Marc Martin. Both offered words of wisdom before yielding the floor to the first-quarter students, all of whom shared stories about what brought them to chiropractic and Life West.
“As you go through each day, and as you go to your classes, think about what your purpose is and what your values are,” Lorta advised. “Think about what brings you here, and write it down. Put it on a mirror, put it somewhere where you’ll see it every day. If you can refer back to that, it will definitely help keep you focused.”
“We are always looking for the types of students who will be great fits, not good fits,” Martin added. “You are all great fits, and we’re looking forward to inspiring you.”
The themes of the students’ stories were wide-ranging. Some were new arrivals with family in the chiropractic world, often dubbed “chiro kids,” and others credited chiropractic and its practitioners with providing life-changing care.
“After I sustained a concussion playing football, I was suffering migraines for months on end,” Nolan Halverson said. “I was pumped with medications, and I was a zombie. I don’t remember Christmas from that year. I got an upper-cervical adjustment, and everything just drained out of my head. I was back to normal.”
“Last August, I started going to a chiropractor because I suffered injuries while in the Air Force,” Tarvis Nelson said. “I could never get to the healing point I wanted to get to. I was working out, changing my diet, and I couldn’t get to where I needed to be. When I started going to this clinic, I could think clearer and move differently.”
When asked what brought these students to Life West, many of the students were quick to cite the philosophies taught during the program, as well as the inclusive community of students, faculty and staff on the campus.
“After about 10 years of nursing, I felt like I wasn’t helping people enough,” said Dana Enquist, who has enrolled at Life West alongside her husband, Austin. “I wanted to focus more on prevention and health promotion, and the Life West student community felt like a very supportive family.”
“I came to Champion’s Weekend in January and just loved everyone,” Sydney Kaye added. “Everyone was so nice to me, and I really wanted to be a part of the community.”
Monday’s orientation program also included sessions with the Life West Student Council and Student Champions representatives, as well as advisers from the school’s Academic Success Center. The first week also includes sessions in the health center with current interns.