So grateful to be honored with the Student's Choice Award at the 2018 NMSA Conference last week. This year has been a whirlwind of a year, to say the least. I stepped in the role of chapter President at UB with a vision, and a goal to inspire positive change. I also knew the limitations and challenges ahead of me, including working with the administration and the wide range of personalities of the student body. As a leader, I had to make difficult decisions, and embrace the fact that I cannot make everyone happy, no matter how much I wanted to. As a leader, I learned how to stand my ground and hold true to what I believed and what NMSA stands for. Members of the international board taught me an entirely new meaning of the words passion and motivation, and I cannot be more thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such individuals who had the same drive I had for our respective schools and also, our profession. This year was a year of many firsts at UB, from a successful NMSA Formal to fundraise to an event filled Naturopathic medicine week, to arranging for nearly half of the student body for DC FLI, and more... The struggles were real. The most promising part of this whole experience, however, was discovering how far persistence, determination, and gratitude can take you, and for this I give credit to my spiritual practice. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such incredible and supportive individuals on the local and international boards. It's a humbling feeling to be inspired and continuously motivated by students all across the world who are working towards the same goals as me. Thank you, NMSA, for this award and for recognizing UB.
This award is given to one US student and one Canadian student. Congratulations, Max, for also receiving this award, and thank you for all the Amazing work you've done for CCNM and our profession.
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