Walking through the door of Academic 1 on my first day of graduate school, I was absolutely terrified. Terrified about the workload, teachers, students, and possibilities. Would they like me? Could I succeed? Would I make a good acupuncturist? I conjured up questions upon questions. It didn’t take long to realize that learning Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College was going to be both challenging and rewarding.
I found the faculty and staff at NYCC to be top notch – not just as professionals, but also as people. I was shocked when they gave out their cell phone numbers saying, “Please call or text me if you have any questions or concerns.” They showed that they cared deeply about our success. Now, having done my undergraduate degree at a large campus, I knew firsthand how it is felt to be a mere “number.” Throughout my whole undergrad experience – no exaggeration – only one professor knew me by name. It’s refreshing that all my professors here know me!
Learning acupuncture is truly challenging, and very different from any subject I’ve ever tried to learn. It’s so nice to know that effort will result, not only in good grades, but also in the knowledge that I will soon be making a significant difference in people’s health.
The students here at NYCC are great – and it seems as though everyone has is focused and shares common interests. It’s easy to make friends at all the mixers and many events during the first week of classes. Many opportunities present themselves to forge new and lasting relationships. I am also getting involved on campus: I play intramural volleyball every week and have participated in Student Government.
Overall, I’d say my experience at NYCC has been both fun and instructive, and I very much look forward to the next two years!