Letter from the Publisher
Kelly Milano, DC Student
As I look back at the five years I’ve spent on the campus of Life University, I’m still amazed at the changes that have taken place, the beauty of this campus and the opportunities I’ve experienced. As I walked across the catwalk a few weeks back after finishing up a meeting with Coach Barrett, I caught myself getting emotional that soon I won’t have meetings with executives, lunches with friends or drinks after a long hard day. At the same time, I won’t have midterms or finals to study for, long ten-hour days of classes or hoops to jump through.
My time at LIFE has been extraordinary! When I joined the campus in the spring of 2007, I had a goal to leave the school better than I found it. What that meant, I didn’t know, but I quickly found places to get involved and make a difference.
We each have the same experiences here at LIFE and I challenge you to embrace it. While you may have an issue with a teacher, it is how you deal with it inside you that makes the difference. Just about everyone on this campus will experience a failure in a Dr. Fox or Dr. Rigby class, difficulty scheduling physicals in clinic, missed appointments, and disappointments of many types. You WILL continue to see your tuition go up, your parking spots be difficult to obtain and your financial aid messed with. It is how you choose to view each of these experiences that will dictate your experience at LIFE. When you become the victim, believing the school is only out to make money or to harm its students in some way, your experience will be a difficult, unpleasant one. If you choose to view it as a learning and growing experience, choosing to find a way to better yourself in the process, you will grow and thrive on the campus and become a person of true influence.
I’ve heard many of my peers say I’m too quick to justify the actions of the school or that I need to stop being such a big cheerleader. It’s not that I have agreed with every decision made, and in fact, MANY have infuriated me to my core, but in understanding these actions were not taken out of spite but were made with a bigger picture and goal in mind, I was able to dig deeper to find the true meaning behind the decision that was made. As I’ve now taken all four parts of National Boards, I’ve been able to realize the reason classes are offered in the order they are and why teachers have remained in place despite their apparent high failure rates of students. I’ve come to see that getting angry about my failures is more revealing of my character. It was in understanding it was my inability to accurately and completely understand a concept, that I failed a test or a class, not the teacher’s inability (necessarily) to teach it. And I say this after ‘successfully’ having failed about six classes as well as 12th quarter OSCE. While 20 students may fail a given class, 80 would pass it. The 80 likely won’t see the teacher as the ‘bad teacher’ the 20 who failed did. It was the same class, same teacher, same experience, but different outcome. It is our job while here to find out why we get the outcomes we do. It’s our job to become the best student, doctor and educator we can!
I encourage you to change your outlook and experience LIFE in all its fullness! Get involved in the opportunities offered on this campus. If you aren’t happy about the direction of the school or your education, get involved in student council, the curriculum or clinic committees or Vital Source, Student Ambassadors or PLI where students are working with administration to make a difference. I heard a recent graduate state that he didn’t enjoy his experience while at LIFE and it would seem he was a former ‘disgruntled student’ but when digging deeper into the conversation, it wasn’t the school he didn’t enjoy but the fact that he didn’t do more while here. He wasn’t incredibly involved and didn’t experience all that he could have while here. There are more clubs now than ever, more intramural and club sports, more sporting events to attend and more chance to be a leader. Embrace LIFE and this journey and create your story while you are here. We have a big mission and goal before us. It’s a noble calling and one that will likely have many challenges along the way. Learn to handle the challenges, disappointments, and frustrations while you are here so that when you graduate and join the ranks within the profession you are best capable of being the doctor you wish to be. I wish you all the best in the remainder of your schooling and pray you will come to value your time here in the same way that I have!