A Simple Choice
By Zach Thomas, DC Student
My journey to Life was somewhat simple. I made the decision to apply for school in March of 2013. That June, I received my acceptance letter from Life and I was on my way. I never came to a LIFE Leadership Weekend, never visited the campus, and never looked at any other schools. I arrived at LIFE for the first time at New Student Orientation in the fall. When I got here, I had no idea what to expect, even less about what Chiropractic truly was. All I brought was a desire to learn and a passion to help people. Student LIFEforce helped me to go from a student just going to class to an “on fire” student who is ready and willing to give back to a school and profession that has done so much in so little time for me.
I attended my first Student LIFEforce meeting after the last LIFE Vision Seminar in January. Not only was this the first one I attended, it was actually my first chiropractic seminar ever. The atmosphere in the building was off the chart! Walking in that room, I could feel the energy and realized there was something special going on that weekend. From the first speaker to the last word of the seminar, I was truly ignited about chiropractic for the first time. I knew I wanted to be a part of something like that so I immediately found Rachael Boyd, Student LIFEforce advisor, after the seminar, and asked how I could be a part of Student LIFEforce. She told me all I had to do was come to the next meeting. Things really took off from there.
The following week, I attended my first Student LIFEforce meeting not knowing really what was going to happen or what the group really did. I had heard about Student LIFEforce and the LIFEforce 1000 doctors through a couple friends who were already a part of the club and ALWAYS had great things to say. The first meeting was like any other club when you attend for the first time. Sign in, put down your email, and wait to see what is going to happen. I soon learned what the club was all about. As a member of Student LIFEforce, we don’t just help set up and tear down LIFE Vision Seminars. We are more than assistants with LIFE Leadership Weekends, LIFEforce 1000 weekends, and Life University volunteers. Most people might be thinking “Why would I want to do that?” It is really a question of “why not?” If you want to be around students and DCs who share a common goal of loving and sharing chiropractic with the masses, then Student LIFEforce is where you need to be.
For me, Student LIFEforce was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. After my first quarter in the DC program, I was still unsure of what chiropractic really was and my role within chiropractic. After going to LIFE Vision for the first time, that hazy, unsure feeling began to remove itself. Every day since I joined Student LIFEforce, my understanding of chiropractic and my role within it has started to become clearer and clearer. While volunteering for the last LIFEforce 1000 and LIFE Leadership Weekend, I had the privilege of meeting and talking to many of the LIFEforce 1000 DC’s and getting to know them professionally and personally. I was recently elected Secretary for Student LIFEforce and found that leading something bigger than myself has helped clear my vision. Although these things are amazing, they still do not match being around students who are going through what you are going through, and share the same passion and fire for chiropractic as you. These relationships have helped me the most.
Student LIFEforce is more than just a club that volunteers at campus events and gets to network with DCs. We are a group who is focused on bringing our student body together as one. No matter if you like Gonstead or Thompson, NSA or CBP, Upper Cervical or Full Spine, we are ALL here for the same thing… CHIROPRACTIC!