STUDENT MEMBER INTERVIEW – Caroline Kennedy (continued)

Why have you chosen to study Naturopathy?
I had no idea what a Naturopath was when I started studying nutrition in 2015. As I discovered this modality, I have fallen more and more in love with the idea of holistic healing, and the utilisation of what grows on our green earth to assist our body’s healing potential.

What are the aspects of your study that you enjoy?
I am a complete science nerd and love the research aspect. I thoroughly enjoy the detective work of analysing case studies and now also “real” clients in our pre-clinical subjects.

What aspects of your study could you see improved?
Naturopathy is a complex system of medicine. To completely teach us all the facets of our tools, and how to best utilise them side by side is a challenging task.

What have you discovered that you weren’t aware of before you started your studies?
Everything! The more I learn, the more I realise I want to learn! I always had a sense of the human body being innately self-healing (to a certain degree) but it’s incredible to learn the tools which can assist this process, and to be entering a profession of assisting others to heal! 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Researching in a lab is my ultimate dream! I want to have a clinical practice as well, because I love people, but would love to work on some molecular discovery. The best thing about studying is the social aspect, so whatever I end up doing will have to involve a lot of other people. I am also hugely passionate about Homeopathy and would like to further study this field of medicine. I believe Naturopathy and Homeopathy are excellent together. We clean up the lifestyle and any specific pathologies with Naturopathy, and then resolve the emotional trauma which led us to that lifestyle to start with using Homeopathy!

Do you have any special interest areas?
When my sister became an endocrinologist a few years ago, I thought she was crazy, but the more I learn, the more I understand her fascination. The complexity is definitely compelling.

Any comments about registration for Naturopaths?
I’m on the fence. I believe it would be amazing to belong to a registered profession. However, I am concerned with how some of the things a registered health practitioner must support professionally do not align with our philosophy.

Any tips for survival with a demanding study load and often working to pay your way through the program?
I am a single mum, with two boys who I have 50% of the time. I have to work at least five hours per week to get my budget to work. I have to also study at 75% study-load to satisfy Austudy requirements. It’s tough.

The only way I make it through the semester is by planning well in advance when to start my assignments. My break week is always spent writing assignments. I think I recently broke my own record of handing in an assignment 26 days early! It is hugely rewarding to come to the end of a semester having handed in quality work every time and getting through the exams without crying. After this semester, I have another three before I am done. It will be my biggest achievement of my life! Showing my sons it can be done is one of my biggest drivers; they are nine and 11, so their eyes are on me.