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College: College of Arts and Sciences
Deciding to return to school is a major decision, which can change your life. I graduated from UNT with a BS in Finance in 2006. When the career was no longer fulfilling I made the decision to return to school, but this time I was going to do it different. I knew that I wanted to go into the medical field, just not in what capacity. This time I was not going to play safe but go for the goal, take the chances that will make the difference.
I applied for several internships but was selected for a STEM (science technology engineering and math) grant program. I was able to intern with a naturopathic doctor and physical therapist in Santa Fe, NM. This provided me the opportunity to work with Shen Master Dr. Harijot S. Khalsa. The wealth of knowledge he posses if can is rarely matched. He has been the director of the Swedish Institute of Massage Institute in New York, NY, studied Chinese Medicine in China becoming a Shen master, earned his Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine in the states, and published several books and articles just to scratch the surface. The internship was most valuable because I was able to see and partake in all aspects of Dr. Harijot’s day to day operation. So from the mundane task of filing, the frustration of insurance billing, and the joy of seeing patients from start to recovery, this was truly a rewarding experience. At the end of the summer we had to submit a poster with a research topic for the STEM grant representative to review. It was with the knowledge given that I was able to give a side by side comparison of Chinese remedies and Western treatments. This poster proved that there is overlap in the two practices as far as healing ingredients go but a different approach to treatment.
This was not an all work no play intern I was also able to travel and participate in things I never thought this professed city girl would do. I climbed a volcano, and caldera in New Mexico. Over a one week vacation went to Arizona to see the Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon; California to Los Angeles and the Sequoia National Forest; Hoover Damn, and Atomic Bomb testing sites in Nevada.
I had to quite a well paying job to have this experience, but if I had to do it again I would make the same decision. As people say hindsight is 20/20; in the beginning I felt uneasy getting out of my safe space but looking back it was the best decision. The experience you gain with people you are with, the places you go, and the lessons you will never forget can be duplicated in a classroom. Don’t be afraid of your path to greatness. Let an internship be your guide to what life has to offer.
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