I am classed as a mature aged student, which sounds ridiculous considering I am only 23. Half of mature aged students are aged between 21 to 24. While I wish I had started studying as soon as I graduated year 12, I am grateful for my journey, as it has sculpted my decisions. It was only last year that I finally decided I wanted to study complementary medicine.
After I finished year 12 I had planned to have a gap year and then go and study a bachelor of Arts, I thought I wanted to be a journalist. The problem was that I struggled to get full-time work and then I realised that I was not 100% content with my studying decision, so decided not to go at all. Because I struggled so much to get work, I ended up completing a Certificate III in Business Admin (Medical), which enabled me to secure a full-time job, as a finance officer. I was working reasonably long hours, especially when my travel time was included and my role was relatively stressful. I was classified as a junior employee but had a lot of unnecessary pressure on my shoulders due to the companies poor management. I lasted 18 months and due to personal circumstances changing I was able to move onto a Justice related position in an Aboriginal Co-op. Between my job swaps, I become a doTERRA advocate, I was extremely interested in the possible health outcomes from "natural" products. My new position was part-time, so it enabled me to work on my doTERRA business.
I don't even remember what the turning point was, but slowly I came to the realisation that participating in a multi-level marketing company was not empowering people to take control of their own health, but it was convincing them to buy unnecessary products so I could make a commission. The thing that frustrated me the most was that people, other "wellness advocates" were offering health advice based on essential oils and hearsay information they had learnt from other uneducated peers. Some of the health information provided was dangerous, and even a registered health practitioner would not be able to give that advice. From that point on, I decided that, yes I still wanted to empower people and give them back control of their own health, but I wanted to be educated so that I had the formal knowledge to back up my advice and a general understanding of the body and health.
Once I realised that I finally knew what I wanted to study, I went on the hunt for a course. Ultimately I chose a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) as it is a nationally recognised degree and will enable me to gain membership in various health associations.