When I first arrived at Cleveland, I was able to notice a clear visual distinction between the “freshies” and the upper classman.
Not like high school where the juniors and seniors stand 2 ft over freshman, with bigger muscles, boobs, and confidence. This was a professional difference. A “This guy is going to be a Doctor soon, while I’m here waiting for a new backpack to arrive in the mail” type of difference.
It may have been the business attire. It may have been the way they walked into school each day exuding comfort and ease, knowing that they were so close to becoming what they had worked so hard for.
While most students may not have thought much of it, I couldn’t help but notice the contrast. I was ready to look professional and more importantly, feel and be professional. After all, that is what we are here for, right…? To become a pro at what we do.
Some may disagree, but looking the part matters. What better way to say “I’m great at what I do, and confident in myself” than a well pressed white coat, power tie on a fitted shirt, and a pair of slacks that break just at the top of a pair of oxfords.
Don’t get me wrong… Skill and competency always come before image and impression, but why not have both?
With the start of my clinic life as a tri 7/12 student, I am now required to dress accordingly several days out of the week. I’m learning to be a chiropractic physician and and what it means to look professional while doing it.
Above all else, reaching this milestone represents progression. It doesn’t feel long ago that I was wondering when I’d be one of the students who made the distinction between freshies and upperclassman. I’ve grown as a student and more importantly as a person. Each day I walk through the double glass doors of this oh so familiar building, I’m getting closer to graduating. I finally feel like I represent the profession.
Have you ever had an instance when you felt like a freshman? How’d it feel when you finally reached the level that you once aspired to be at? I’d love to hear your success stories of conquering goals and starting new ones, comment below!