Study at Wellpark College – What’s it really like to be a 2nd Year Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine Student at Wellpark College, Auckland. Suzy Walsh shares her experience.
Suzy you are now a Year 2 Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine Student – Can you tell us what the main difference are between your first and second year of study at Wellpark College?
For me the first year was about acclimatizing to studying, getting to know Wellpark and gaining a foundation knowledge in the sciences that underpin naturopathy. Year 2 so far has been about building upon that knowledge and a learning shift with an emphasis on the practical knowledge needed to become a naturopath. In Year 2, my studying journey has shifted and I’m conscious that I need to transition from the mentality of a student to a practitioner. Year 1 and Year 2 have each presented challenges in terms of balancing study with other life demands; keeping the momentum going; and developing as a person.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt this term?
It’s difficult to pin point the most interesting thing I’ve learnt, but I would have to go with mental health. We only had a few lectures on this, but they have been invaluable to help me recognise the signs of a mental health issue and to give me an idea of what to do if one of my future clients presents characteristics of such a condition.
Is there any area of health and wellness that you’d like to specialise in?
Yes, at the moment I think my focus will be insomnia. It is something I’ve struggled with most of my life and I’d like to firstly heal myself and then use my knowledge and personal experience to help others. Sleep is such a fundamental aspect of health and the causes of insomnia are exponential and its prevalence is growing in today’s society.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give anyone thinking about coming to New Zealand to Study Natural Health?
My main advice is be open to your experience, push your boundaries and learn to accept help from others. Trust in the journey and know that you will be alright. Moving to a new country was a much bigger deal than I realised, but also an amazing opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, try and see new things and meet life long friends and future colleagues. With the study it’s about organisation and consistency, it’s a demanding course and you need to keep your focus and push through the challenges. It’s not easy, but remember if you’re feeling it, you’re not alone. Speak to your class mates, support each other and know you are not the only one.
You are from the UK. What do you miss most about home?
My friends and family, central heating, double glazing and good TV.
Your New Zealand “Must do” list would include:
Favourite beach = Takapuna
Favourite Café = Massimo, Takapuna
Favourite place to go shopping = Albany Mall
Favourite place in Auckland = Kauri Forest, Warkworth
Favourite place outside of Auckland = Coromandel
Suzy Walsh – 2nd year Naturopathic student at Wellpark College.
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