T1 in the books

We did it!


Running into my Grandpa on campus was a highlight of my tri!

I’m so proud and extremely excited to say that yesterday we finished our first trimester at NWHSU. And wow, what an incredible time it was.

Ready to Change the World

When we first arrived, we were so excited, inspired and eager to see what our first trimester would bring. Our diverse class came from all paths, making sacrifices to be here and begin a new chapter.

That said, it is so refreshing to belong to a university where everyone has the same goal in mind, health. To look around the room and see each other strive to be their best, drinking teas, doing cleanses, trying new workouts, using essential oils, talking about their acupuncture session or new favorite supplement. While only those close to me understand my lifestyle, here we all fit in. It’s an incredibly rare and healthy environment.

Then it Got Real

The expectations and course load are intense and don’t allow for the simple pleasures of relaxing, hiking or chasing those beautiful Rocky Mountain sunsets. I definitely gained a new perspective, understanding the discipline of what becoming a doctor requires.


Adventures in cadaver lab with these brainiacs!

Our classes were, for the most part, really refreshing as we’re all learning about things we truly care about. There were some classes that felt relaxing to study for compared to others (ahem Biochem, it’s not you it’s me).

During the trimester, some lost loved ones or parted ways in their relationships. Some had to be away from their families and children. Some struggled to stay healthy or balance life and school and some felt the stress of a heavy student loan lifestyle. Simply put, everyone had their own battles.

For me, this trimester was intense and difficult. I gained an incredible amount of knowledge but I also had experienced more frustration and disappointment then I was prepared for. I’m so grateful for my incredible loved ones because without their support, I couldn’t get through this program.

Collectively, by the end of the tri we were all pretty worn down and ready for some R&R.

Ready to See the Light

Meanwhile, we have an awesome class. Everyone was so supportive of each other, willing to help in whatever way they could. It felt like a little family. We’re so inspired by the upper Tri’s and can’t wait to begin learning techniques and adjusting at the end of the year.

Onto the Next

I’m thankful that after trial and error, I’m finally figuring out how I learn best and I’m excited to have a fresh start and to make T2 a more positive experience. I’m sooooo thankful for the friendships, memories and coffee dates and look forward to more of the same!

While I know our class is different in many ways, one thing is for certain. We’re all going to get through this, and we’re going to get through this together. And when we’re done, I know it will be worth it.



2 thoughts on “T1 in the books

  1. Congrats on making it through, Mel! I look forward to hearing more of your progress. I’m waiting to figure out what my version of chiropractic school is. I wanna be like you! Hahaha.

    • Aweeeee! Well, if you have that thing that you’ve always been too scared to do, do it! It just took me a long time to find the courage, but I can’t wait to look back and say “I did it!”

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