Ben Goodall, Class of 2016, Master of Chiropractic
"The course goes beyond what most people think chiropractic is about, I was very pleasantly surprised to be learning the sorts of things I expected medicine students or doctors/GP’s to be learning about"
I'm currently studying the Master of Chiropractic degree at AECC University College, whilst competing and training in my sport, tumbling.
What did you do previously?
King Alfred’s Academy sixth form in Wantage, Oxfordshire
What got you interested in AECC University College?
Back injury 3 weeks out from the 2013 British Tumbling and trampoline championships. Was recommended by another trampolinist’s mum to go see the local chiropractor who managed to get me in competition shape in time. Started seeing him monthly to keep me in good physical condition, became really interested in how he could heal with his hands and knowledge he would give me and was told he was very impressed with AECC University College in the UK due to how ahead of the game they were in their research into chiropractic. I visited the open days of both AECC University College and WIOC and fell in love with the atmosphere of AECC University College. I could also see first-hand how it seemed more advanced as a chiropractic teaching school and its location also meant I could keep up my tumbling training
What hobbies/interests do you have outside of studying?
Self employed magician doing weddings, corporate events and parties
Circus related skills such as juggling
Anything that gets me upside down
Ben’s Top 3 Achievements so far from studying the AECC University College
- British Championships 2017 2nd in the Men’s 17-21 Category
- Loulé Cup (international) champion in the Senior Men’s division
- Made it onto the World age group championships Tumbling 17-21 male team of 4 which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria in November
Managed to train for all of the above whilst exceeding my own expectation for my Year 1 exam results which got me into Year 2
Bens’ Top 3 Highlights from the Masters in Chiropractic
- The course goes beyond what most people think chiropractic is about, I was very pleasantly surprised to be learning the sorts of things I expected medicine students or doctors/GP’s to be learning about, it met my desires to embrace myself in a health profession that was so holistic
- Tutor’s are so knowledgeable and able to almost always ask any questions students have due to many of them having a clinical background
- The onsite clinic has not only allowed me access to free treatment to keep me performing at my best but is also somewhere I can observe the student interns to gain motivation and look up to what I aspire to be
Bens’ Top 3 tips for students thinking about studying Chiropractic
- Study smart not hard for unrealistic amounts of time, find out the best ways you learn and stick to them for quality study time not just hours upon hours of reading without applying or digesting any of the material
- Keep thinking about the end goal, sometimes you will be in a lecture and wonder why you are learning this and whether this has any relevance to what you want to do. I can assure already that as you go through the course some of these things begin to piece together, go and visit the clinic and observe an intern to remind yourself of why you want to do what you do, see the impact that knowledge will have on serving those that need help
- Do not struggle alone, if you get stuck, ask. Independent learning is a valuable skill and important in cementing what you learn, but if you feel you are getting behind or have read through multiple books and still not got the answer you are looking for go find a tutor, they are more than happy to help