Any major decision in life is worth spending time contemplating. This is particularly the case when it comes to your education. Even the most condensed programs take time, effort and money. While learning something new is great, jumping into the wrong educational program can set you back more than just financially.
When it comes to educational programs that are very specialized, like acupuncture school, you’ve got to ask yourself some serious questions to determine if it really is right for you. While our admissions team at AMC does its best to help all of our prospective students, self-examination is important before enrolling.
As an instructor at AMC, I find that our most successful acupuncture students have three main traits. These traits show me that they really are the right fit for acupuncture school and a future in the acupuncture industry:
Learning a new trade requires a lot of effort. Our most promising students are willing work hard to not only learn, but to excel in their classes and training. If a student doesn’t have their heart in their education, it shows. Being dedicated not only to learning about acupuncture, but to being the best acupuncture student you can be, will set you up for a bright future in the field.
The students who have the most success are the ones who are genuinely interesting in learning about acupuncture. Our best students are the ones who take the time to learn not only about the history of this centuries-old practice, but also about the new uses for acupuncture that are being found. As an acupuncturist, you'll hold the power of wellness in your hands. The most successful students take the time to learn exactly how each needle will have an impact on their patients' mental and physical well-being. Going through the motions might get you to graduation, but if acupuncture isn’t something you’re genuinely interested in, school will feel more like a chore than an opportunity.
Desire to Create Change
With interest in alternative medicine and acupuncture growing, our students know they’re participating in a major change in the way Americans view their health. Being a knowledgeable, vocal and passionate advocate for acupuncture is a role all of our best students wholeheartedly take on. They believe in what they’re doing, and they want to help others believe in acupuncture as well. To continue the process of changing people’s views on alternative medicine, you’ll need to be a loud and proud member of the acupuncture community.
For people who feel like they may not possess these qualities when it comes to acupuncture, there are many other options. Alternative medicine is a growing industry, and there are many different paths you can take. If you fall into this category, AMC has programs other than acupuncture that might be a better fit for you.