Student Blog Wk.7 S.1 Yr.2: Be passionate, love what you do, and be the best you can be in it, or there is just no point

All I can say about week 7 is that it’s a blur.  I powered through 2 exams and 2 major assignments, and I’m feeling confident that I did well.  Juggling 6 courses and a part-time job is proving to be a bit of a struggle, but I feel like I have managed my time well.  As an international student you have to be in 24 hours of classes per week, but like I have mentioned before, it is actually more like 46 hours when you include homework and assessments.  I’m not going to lie and tell any potential student going into Naturopathy that its easy, because it is a lot of work. But if you are passionate about it, then it comes much easier.  When I first decided to go into Naturopathy many people asked me if I was passionate about it.  I didn’t know how passionate I was at the time, but I felt like I wanted to challenge myself.  Well challenge myself indeed.  I have finished many assignments already and many quizzes where I was so driven by eustress (good stress) that I don’t even know what I wrote.  It seems that the passion has simply been building organically as I have progressed. As I have progressed, I have started to hear a lot of chatter between people that most, “just want to pass,” this semester.  I totally understand. But, I personally feel that I don’t want to just pass, but to learn to the best of my ability for myself and my future clients.  Naturopathy is like taking a step back and going to the roots of medicine.  Regardless of what genre of medicine one thinks Naturopathy falls into, it is still the process of diagnosis and treatment. Because of this, you can end-up hurting people.  Just passing and not actually retaining and using the knowledge practically isn’t an option for me.   If your interested into going into Naturopathy you have to start integrating it into your everyday life.  I have noticed myself practically using the information I have learned when I observe people.  I think about how an unhealthy choice of food is affecting energy/chemical pathways in the body.  How muscles generate energy when people work-out, or how electrical impulses drive mine and others thoughts.  There does in-lie some issues though with this suggestion of integration, as being a student in general usually doesn’t involve the healthiest of lifestyles. Any-ways this is my advice to anyone looking into Naturopathy as a career choice, or any career choice in that matter.  Be passionate, love what you do, and be the best you can be in it, or there is just no point. Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂