Student Blog Wk.10 S.1 Yr.2: Realizations, dealing, and a silver lining

So this week has been taxing to say the least.  I officially found out that if I continue with this degree in Australia, that it is pretty much useless in Canada.  Canada and the US have the highest regulations around becoming a Naturopathic doctor, and even with my 2 years psychology, diploma in business and this 4 year degree in Health Sciences, I still might not even be able cover all the pre-requisites to get into 1 of the 2 naturopathic medicine schools in Canada, wow.  Well, I stressed over this for a couple days, thinking of my options….. and  I came to the conclusion that I will continue on this journey I have started, as I love what I am learning, and then I will figure it out later.  I might be able to stay here, I might not, who knows….  I keep reminding myself that if you love something enough, you will figure out a way to do it.  I believe I will be able to do just this.  I looked into getting around the issue of regulations in Canada if I did end up going back, and I think a really viable option is to become a lifestyle coach and incorporate naturopathic elements into the coaching.  I wouldn’t be able to do as much as I would like to help people, but then I also get to incorporate holistic counselling and more practical lifestyle elements into my treatment, which I think would be pretty cool.  I would obviously have to look into this, as I wouldn’t want to break any laws in Canada about using natural medicine in conjunction with coaching, but that’s for a later time.  On a different note, I have been extremely productive this week, and I’m starting to slightly lack on sleep, which is what happens by the end of the semester.  Numerous assignments, studying and exam prep is needed, but I’m pushing through.  Thankfully I met a 3rd year nutrition student (who is a super sweet chick) and she is helping me out with some study notes/charts, as I am for her.  I’m literally so grateful, as I do not have time to do all the extra study prep needed.  Anyone going into this degree should be aware that 6 courses is full time, and this is pretty much like having a 60 hour/wk job if you include lecture time, homework, assessments and exam prep…. if you ask me it fairly unrealistic to think someone can do that, as most international students have a part-time job at the same time….. but I guess I don’t have many other options.  There is a silver lining to all this stress/anxiety.  I have been officially approved to go volunteer in Fiji in July for a community health education program!  I am super excited for this and it will give me a lot of hands-on, practical knowledge when it comes to applying nutritional advice to people with non-communicable diseases like diabetes and CVD.  I also found out that I get to work with kids!!  This is great for me because I’m not very good at relaxing, so I get to have fun, learn and “work” all at the same time!  Joy!

Just to go back and give some advice before I finish this post: to anyone looking into naturopathic schooling, just give yourself time.  If you can do it part-time I highly suggest it.  It is seriously a full-on course and giving yourself time will not only help you  to do well grades wise, but also to cement the knowledge, which will be a lot more helpful to your clients in the long-run.  I hope just in general you give yourself some time this week to just relax, and if not for you, then for me!! haha   Thanks for reading, be aware and eat with care 🙂