This section will spotlight a student who has come through the Health Professions Advising office at CSUF on their journey to professional school, and wishes to share his or her experiences and advice with current and future students.
Nadia Musavvir- Future Naturopathic Physician
I graduated from CSUF 4 years ago; when I started my undergraduate educational career I had no idea, nor any desire to pursue a career in medicine. I actually started out as a business major and then switched my major yet again before finally finding what I resonated with most in the kinesiology department. By that time, my interest and passion for nutrition and the body had been sparked. I was fascinated with nutrition and took whatever nutrition courses were available at the time. I also loved the sport psychology classes which delineated the connection between mind and body. Upon graduating, I considered perhaps pursuing an advanced degree in nutrition; my other option was a master’s in sport psychology however considering I never played sports, I figured I should explore the former ;)
At this point, I still was not considering a career in medicine and due to this, I had not been preparing accordingly. I was not very involved with any organizations at CSUF and my volunteering/clinical experience was little to none. Due to my interest in nutrition, I started researching nutrition-related careers and I learned about naturopathic medicine during my last semester at CSUF. I immediately knew that was what I wanted to do. There was the emphasis on nutrition as well as mind/body among other things that were of interest to me. At this time, I started to look into all the prerequisite science classes, see what doctors I could shadow and essentially start building an ideal resume. Since I figured this out quite late in my academic career, I was not able to start right away, I had to finish my basic sciences (which I spent so much time trying to avoid!) and find doctors that would allow me to gain some clinical experience. It seemed impossible at the time but little by little I got it all done and now I am about to start my 4th and last year of naturopathic medical school.
I know many students know from a young age that they would like to pursue medicine and consider the conventional route, which is fine, but for those who want to go about it in the less conventional ways or who figure it out later on; don’t be discouraged and do it! I faced a lot of opposition and attempts and dissuasion but I stuck with it and could not be happier with my decision. I encourage anyone who is considering the naturopathic route or anyone who wants to learn more about the profession to visit http://aanmc.org/events/ and see when there is a local event. I attended one of their events held in Long Beach while I was a student; there were representatives from the different schools and students who spoke about their experience. It was very informative and it gave me a better idea of how to proceed with applying. You can also visit http://www.naturopathic.org to learn more and to see if there’s an ND near you to possibly shadow. Make use of your academic advisors and department advisors to make the best class choices for your interests.
I hope this is encouraging to those wishing to branch out or go down the less-traveled route J Best of luck in all endeavors and I’m happy to answer any questions.