May 2015: Dustin Huffman ‘11
First and foremost, I would like to say congratulations to the Spring 2015 class, You did it! I was in your shoes 4 years ago, ready to move on to wherever life would take me. Shortly after, I started my first semester of Chiropractic School. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Concord University had more than prepared me for graduate school. I owe a lot of gratitude to Concord’s Faculty, McNair Program, and Blue Key Honor Society. They gave the fundamental tools to achieve what I have today. With all of that said, I would like to share a little bit of what I have found to have helped me achieve my recent accomplishments.
Never Give Up: Regardless of your endeavors, there are times when you will feel overwhelmed by the road ahead and may not feel that the reward is worth the effort. As a chiropractic student, a typical class week involved 35 hours of class, and could contain as many as 12 tests. Tasks like these are the trials that allow you to look back and truly appreciate the work and effort it took to get where you are.
Where there is a will, there is a way: Opening my practice has been one of the most terrifying adventures I have taken to date. There are always hidden fees, new requirements, deadlines, and regulations surfacing. No amount of preparation ever feels like it will be enough. At times you wonder how you are going to make it all work. Take things one day at a time, and adapt to changes as they come your way. If you are willing to work hard enough, you will find a way to accomplish your goals.
What goes around comes around: Get involved any way you can, and give back to your community. Not only will you have the reward of helping others, but it is a great networking tool as well. I have tried to get involved with as many events and organizations as possible. I joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity, offered Chiropractic services at the local Outreach Clinics, and got involved with the local athletic teams. When it was time to open my practice, I was overwhelmed by the amount of local support from the individuals I had met along the way.
Take time to enjoy the scenery: At times we find ourselves so focused on the goals of tomorrow that we forget to enjoy the journey. I realize life can be overwhelmingly busy, but take time for friends, family, hobbies, and leisure. You will have more to look back on and smile about.
A degree from Concord has more than prepared you for your future endeavors. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and do what it takes to get to where you want to be in life. I wish you all the best.
Dustin Huffman is a 2011 graduate of Concord University and a 2014 graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctor of Chiropractic. He is currently the owner of Huffman Family Chiropractic in Ormond Beach Florida, and Assistant Doctor at Ormond Medical Center.