Meike Hall is a New Westminster Campus student who has just successfully completed term 1. We asked her if term 1 met her expectations and what she is anticipating term 2 will bring.
What made you decide to be an RMT?
While I’ve been asked this a thousand times since first signing up, the answer is still hard to pinpoint. Multiple factors informed my decision to become an RMT, but first and foremost was what the job does for others; helps in the healing process from physical injury or malfunction and offers people a better quality of life from minor ailments or physical challenges be they temporary or long-term.
Why did you pick WCCMT?
After checking out what multiple schools had to offer back in 2015, I found that WCCMT gave me everything I was looking for: reputation, value and history. That WCCMT has been involved in the promotion of massage therapy in BC for as long as it has, for having such highly valued graduates out in the field, and for offering the best education for the right price, these all made it my number one choice.
What expectations did you have for term one and how was what you experienced different?
I truly didn’t have many expectations except that it was going to be a challenge – and it most certainly was! Because the field is so vastly different from my background, I expected everything to be new, foreign and somewhat exciting. In truth, it was all very new, only partially foreign and while it was difficult in its own way, what we were learning was exciting, so it’s fair to say my expectations were met.
What was your favourite part of your first term?
Favourite part? Gosh, that’s hard to say. I think it was the manual skills class when we got to apply what we were learning. Almost every week I would look around at us all working on new techniques and think, “Woah! We’re actually doing this! I’m doing this! It’s real!”
What was the most difficult?
Remembering everything that needed to be remembered and not letting it overwhelm me;taking everything – exams, quizzes, reading assignments – one day at a time.
How do you feel coming up to term two?
Excited, a little surprised and still nervous. Excited because we get to move on to the ‘next level’, surprised because I truly can’t believe I made it through the first term, and nervous because it’s what keeps me hungry in my studies and wanting to succeed.
What are you looking forward to the most in term two?
To be honest, I’m not really sure! Maybe not being the newbies anymore, ha! Or maybe working with a new set of instructors, learning more and adding to our mental ‘toolbox’.
Is there anything you aren’t looking forward to/are dreading?
Forgetting what I learned in Term 1 by having it replaced with new information. Not that it’s a guarantee to happen, but I’m dreading the possibility. That and more OP’s – they still make me nervous!
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about joining the program?
If it’s what you want to do, be brave and be prepared! It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. It’s a lot of sweat, but it’s rewarding. Even if all I walked away with was Term 1, I’m much richer than I was beforehand.
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