Graduating high school and moving onto post-secondary education is a big milestone for some and a huge fear for others. As great as moving into adulthood is, having to pick your career as a teenager may feel a little intense.

Many students venture into post-secondary unsure of what they really want.

Kurtis Rai, a first-year media student experienced this issue firsthand. “It took me a couple years after high school to apply, because I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do,” says Rai. “I knew I liked television and photography, but I wasn’t sure where that could take me.”

Dr. Alyssa Runyon, a Guelph-Humber alumnus knows this feeling all too well. As an athlete in high school, sports were her top priority. Always living in the present, she never would have thought that she’d have a doctoral degree in chiropractic today.

“Entering college, I had no clue of what I wanted to do with my life. I went into fitness and health promotion – I thought that I wanted to be a personal trainer, but I knew I couldn’t do that until I was 65,” says Dr. Runyon. “It wasn’t until representatives from Guelph Humber told me about kinesiology, and it was like wow, there’s something more that I can do.”

Even within the kinesiology program, Dr. Runyon still hadn’t completely made her mind up about her end goal.

“It never crossed my mind. Whatever semester I was in, I really embraced it and never thought any further.”

So where exactly did a kinesiology student get the idea of becoming a chiropractor? “Someone told me about chiropractic, so I watched YouTube videos about it. I thought it was pretty awesome.”

With a new interest in hands-on health-care, she still carried some doubt moving on to chiropractic school.

“I felt a little insecure and almost ashamed. There was only one school in Canada and no specific prerequisite. I wasn’t sure if I belonged,” says Dr. Runyon. “But after a while, it was like I had been doing it all my life. I was able to notice muscles before we even learned what they were. That’s when I really shut out the doubts – knowing I am supposed to be here.”

Today, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Runyon says she has no regrets on her career choice.

“I’m very lucky that I landed on something that I love. I strive for flow and alignment in life and doing things that make me happy. Although chiro school was rough, just like any type of school work, it’s very rewarding,” says Dr. Runyon.

The anxiety of the future is common for many students enrolled in college/university. Kris Coutain, a second-year business student at Humber has the fear alike many others of being unable to get a job in his career field once he graduates.

“There’s so many people in my program going for the same jobs and it’s almost like a competition. It’s scary to think about. You invest all this time and money into education and what if you never get there,” says Coutain.

For those who fear the unknown, Dr. Runyon reassures that everything will be okay.

“When I graduated, there were 55 other chiropractors, that’s enough to say that the field was oversaturated,” says Dr. Runyon.

“But if you do quality work and you love and enjoy what you do, you’ll never have a problem.”