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FALL2014COMMUNIQU3osteopathicphysiciansAsinsocietyingeneralthenumberofstudentswhoseekcounselingserviceisincreasing.ThisisatrendthatmustbeaddressedThedebtburdenontodaysstudentsabout200000atgraduationisastronomical.Itsastressoronthestudentsandhasimplicationsfortheirspecialtyselections.WhatchangeshavebeenmadeintheOfceofStudentServicestoaddresssomeoftheseissuesFallssaidOuroutstandingstaffencouragespersonalinteractionswithstudentsandtheuseofacademiccareerguidanceandpersonalcounselingresourcestohelpthem.Ourstaffmustberealisticwiththestudentsastowhetherornottheycanbesuccessfulinmedicalschoolandprofessionallife.Theseresourcesarelimitedhesaysbutmuchbetterthanatmanyothermedicalschools.Studentsliveaprotectedlifeduringtheirrsttwoyearsofmedicalschooltheymustunderstandthatintheirclinicaltrainingtheyaregoingtohavetobeproactiveandnothingisgoingtobegiventothem.WhatshiswishlistforStudentServicesHenamespersonalcounselingforthird-andfourth-yearstudentscultivatingstudentsasknowledgeablecaringandempatheticprofessionalsteachingthemtobecomeself-actualizedpersonswiththeirownthinkingcontinuingtodevelopthemasteamplayerswhocanhelpeachothermakedecisions.Iveenjoyedall35yearsFallssays.Greatphysicianshavecomeoutofthiscollege.Ienjoyallmyrelationshipswithalumni.Themostrewardingthingofallistoseethetransformation.FROMMEXICOTOMICHIGANLearningtoappreciateCULTURESbyJoseZamora-SifuentesOnthebanksoftheRedCedartheresaschoolthatsknowntoall...eventohighschoolseniorsinMexicoCity.HowIendedupatMSUisanotherstorybutIhavetoadmitthatIwasskepticalatrst.WhilegettingreadytoheadtotheUnitedStatesIkepthearingthatcollegewouldbeanexperiencethatwouldchangemylife.Ikepthearingthatcollegeallowsyoutogrowupandgureoutwhoyouareasaperson.WhatIdidnothearaboutwasthisSpartanprideIwasabouttobecomeafliatedwith.IeventuallyfoundmySpartanpridebutmoreimportantwastheprideIfoundinmyself.IgrewupinMexicoCityoneofthelargestcitiesintheworldaplacewherethestreetsarecrowdedwithpeople.IntheweeksleadinguptomydepartureforMSUIstartedgettingnervous.WhatifmyEnglishwasntgoodenoughWhatifIdidntmakefriendsIdidnotknowasinglethingaboutthestateofMichiganletalonethisEastLansingplace.AllIknewweresomerandomfactsIhadgottenonGoogle.Michigansstatebirdrobin.MichiganslargestlakeLakeSuperior.MichiganslargestuniversityMSU.WhileImsureotherstudentswereintimidatedbythelargeenrollmentatMSUIwascomfortedbyit.GoingtoMSUwouldbejustlikeMexicoCitybigandcrowded.Thiscollegetransitionthingwasgoingtobeapieceofcake.PlusIguredIcouldhandlethesnow.Needlesstosaythewinterof2009willforeverbethecoldestwinterofmylife.Imaginemysurpriseaswepassedfarmlandonmyridefromtheairporttocampus.WeregettingclosetoEastLansingIthoughtwherearetheskyscrapersIsntthissupposedtobethelargestuniversityinMichiganIknewMSUwasoriginallyanagriculturalcollegebutIalsoknewitwashuge.Ididnotexpecttoseefarmlandrightoutsideofitmuchlessgrassandopenspaceswithinit.WhenIarrivedinfrontofHolmesHallthehomeofLymanBriggsCollegemynervousnessstartedcreepingback.Iwasabouttomeetmyroommateandsurelyembarrassmyselfwithmyaccent.ButeveryoneImetwasunbelievablykind.Thisplacewasgoingtobeallright.HavingsurvivedmyrstdayasaSpartanIfeltaccomplished.IhadalreadylearnedalotforinstanceitisnotaU.S.customtokissagirlonthecheekuponrstmeetingher.IalsolearnedthefamousGoGreenGoWhitecheer.IwasslowlybecomingaSpartan.IcametoMSUasapre-medicalstudentreadytolearnaboutbiologybiochemistryandphysiology.IlovedthethingsIwaslearningaboutbutthetopicsweredifcultattimesespeciallywhentherewerestillEnglishwordsIhadneverencounteredbeingusedregularly.Inowlookbackandwonderhowwordslikeironoravocadogavemesomuchtrouble.ItwasatthesetimesthatIfeltluckytobepartofLymanBriggsacollegethatencouragedasenseofcommunitywithinitswallsandinspiredstudentstogivebacktothatcommunity.IhadneverbeendriventogivebackbeforebutnowIcouldnotthinkofanythingbettertodo.IstartedvolunteeringattheRefugeeDevelopmentCenterteachingEnglishofallthings.Tothisdayextendingahelpinghandtopeoplewhoneededitisoneofmymostcherishedexperiences.Inmymindvolunteeringpushedmefurtherintomypursuitofamedicalcareerthananyclasscouldhave.DuringmysenioryearofundergradIwasacceptedintoMSUCOM.Irememberthedayperfectly.IhadjustgottenoutofmyphysicalchemistryclasswhenIreceivedmyacceptanceletterbyemail.Iwasecstatic.Ididntknowwhattodo.IwasacceptedintomedicalschoolasaninternationalstudentPartofmewantedtocallmyfamilyandsharethismomentwiththem.AnotherpartofmejustwantedtocelebratewithsomeDairyStoreicecream.Ihaddoneit.Ihadaccomplishedmydreamofgoingtomedicalschool.ComingtoMSUwasaslowtransition.Iboughtgreenandwhiteapparel.Iwatchedfootballgames.Itookclasses.IembracedthecrazyMichiganweather.Ivolunteered.Itookexamstoomanyofthem.IexploredthecityandstartedtocallEastLansinghome.Icompletelyabolishedmynervousnessandstartedbelievinginmyself.IbecameaSpartan.NowatMSUCOMandstillinEastLansingIamhappytobeabletowalktheroadsthatIoncewasscaredtowalkmyfreshmanyear.ImaynotalwaysliveinEastLansingbutIlookforwardtonewroadstowalkandmanymoreyearsinthemitten.JoseZamora-SifuentesispresidentoftheClassof2017.STUDENTS