Studying at Bastyr University is hard work, with rigorous courses, high expectations from professors, and clinical training requirements for many programs. Many students add research projects, volunteering, tutoring and any number of club activities on top of their academic work.
With so much to do, students can forget their bodies need care along with their hungry, hungry minds.
"There's so much to learn, and we all come so hungry and excited to know it," says Sarah Lukhang Klippel, ND, who graduated in June from the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program and returned as a University teaching fellow. "Before you know it, your whole life has been eaten up by the program."
First-year students recently attended an orientation session on "staying healthy in school," led by Dr. Klippel and Christy Lee-Engel, ND, LAc, director of the Bastyr University Center for Spirituality, Science and Medicine. They gathered ideas from their own experience, from second-year students and alumni, and from new students themselves.
Seeking whole-person wellness — mental, emotional and physical — doesn’t just make school more manageable. It's also part of becoming an empathetic healer, Dr. Klippel says.
"Learning to find a balance in life now is going to serve you as clinicians," she says. "Your patients will have busy lives. If you have experience making healthful lifestyle changes, you'll be able to speak from the heart to your patients and develop a meaningful therapeutic relationship."
Many of their ideas are very fine indeed, so we're passing them along.
And here are some more fine thoughts that students and alumni offered via Facebook and email:
Finally, here's a gem from first-year student Naika Apeakorang, who earned a loud round of applause from her classmates for these words:
Much thanks to all who contributed!
Learn more about studying naturopathic medicine at Bastyr.