Sunday, September 29, 2013

In 4 short years...

...I will become a Naturopathic Doctor.  Tomorrow, Monday September 30th, 2013 marks the first day of the rest of my life.  I have never been more excited, confident, proud and passionate about anything like this in my life.  I am finally following my dreams.  My dreams will come true, in 4...short...years.

These past 2 weeks have been awesome, but I am SO ready for tomorrow at 10am.   I have had 2 weeks of "prep", pep talks, resource overload, advice, you name it that I just can't wait to get the party started!!  The Natural Advantage program that I was selected for (only 17 of us were accepted) was an amazing program.  I was part of history too because it was the first time they have done this program.  It helped me beyond words.  Not only did I learn a lot of inside information about the next 4 years, I was able to get the overwhelming factor out of the way.  It calmed my nerves so I was able to relax this past week at orientation and just sit there and get more and more excited for tomorrow.

I also was able to spend the whole week with one of my Quarter 1 teachers of HUBI ("hue bee").  HUBI (which I will refer to a lot, is Human Biology).   I gained valuable insight into the way he teaches, tests and other helpful hints.  I also developed friendships with others in my class.  Us NA peeps are pretty close!  The whole 5 days was fantastic and I am so thankful I was accepted to be part of it.

The first quarter (you talk quarters in med school, so I am Q1) SCNM makes your schedule for you.  I wasn't able to pick my times for my classes, they were assigned to me.  Q2 I can register on my own and fight for the times I want!  Ha!  So, speaking of my schedule, I have HUBI Monday thru Thursday for 4 hours a day.  I sit in the same room for 4 hours and each hour the professor changes.  Take that for a lecture.  I also have HUBI application on Friday afternoon.  HUBI also has 2 labs (mine are Wed and Fri mornings).  I get to meet my cadaver on Friday I believe.  The other class I have is CLPR ("clipper") which is Clinical Practical.  There is a lab for that as well.  The final class I have is NTMD which is the philosophy and history of Naturopathic medicine.  All of the above equates to 28 credits.  Did you know that a normal person (not medical school student) has about 15 credit hours a semester which equates to about 120 or more TOTAL credit hours after 4 years??  Well, I will be taking 120 credit hours my first year.  Holy bananas.  What am I getting myself into?!  My dreams, that's what and I couldn't be more ready or excited.  I really like my schedule too.  For some reason I had it in my head that I would be at SCNM M-F from 8-5pm.  I actually have quite a few breaks and that is a relief.

This coming week will probably be very overwhelming as they refer to med school as trying to drink water from a firehose.  I will be getting A LOT of information in a short amount of time.  Q1 is all about finding a balance.  We have been given so many resources and everyone at SCNM is like a new family and each and every person there is willing to help you out.  I just need to seek help right away and not get behind.  This journey is going to be difficult, stressful and a lot of work, but if it were easy everyone would be doing it.  It's not in my character to give up so I am ready to embark on making my dreams a reality!

Here are a couple pictures:

I got embroidered scrubs for my participation in the program!  Sweet!
 My Natural Advantage Classmates

The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Class of 2017!!!

I will update again soon!!  Here goes nothing!!  Bring it!

Love, Erin


  1. Wow and good luck are about all this non-doctor can say! You are going to be a great med student.