Ryan, Year 4 Student Ambassador
Hi there, my name is Ryan, I’m from the UK and I am 25 years old.
Why did you choose to study at the ESO?
I had visited other osteopathic universities and colleges around the UK prior to the ESO, from the moment I set foot on the grounds of Boxley I had that intuitive feeling that this is the perfect place for me to study! I attended one of the Open Days and was instantly welcomed warmly by the staff and student ambassadors. Also seeing the huge diversity of the students, from all places around the world, of all ages, seeing how much they all really enjoy learning and creating a great atmosphere at the ESO.
Did you have any specific concerns before joining the ESO?
For me, I had absolutely no concerns. From the moment I received my acceptance letter, I resigned from my job, found a great place to live with fellow ESO students. I knew I made the right choice, I was all in! I did wonder if there were to be any language barriers that could limit me from learning or making potential friends, as I only speak English (currently) but this was not the case at all.
What do you enjoy most about studying at the ESO?
I now recognise which ways of learning work best for me, which has really helped develop my skills and knowledge to implement into practice at the ESO clinic. I could not have done this without the great direction from members of staff and my classmates to help guide me. Quite a lot of lecturers are ESO graduates and practising osteopaths themselves, offering everything from their experiences along with their own clinical practice, which in my opinion is invaluable when looking for your own path to take.
What is the student life like at the ESO?
Do not expect this course to be a walk in the park! Academically, it can be quite challenging, but there is always support from the tutors to help you in any way that they can.
There are also a lot of events that happen through the year that are run by the Student Association – a group of third year students that organise; parties, bakes, fundraisers and sports events!
What are your aspirations once you’ve graduated?
For my first year, I would like to work as an associate osteopath to better my skills and confidence as a practitioner. I would also like to keep the option open to be a teaching assistant at the ESO. I have been inspired by the staff that have helped me get through the course so far, that I would love to give back some day.
If you could sum up your time at the ESO to date, what would you say?
“Don’t blink, you’ll miss everything!” Life at the ESO is very fast paced, challenging, but in a good way. The content of the course keeps you on your toes, but the people surrounding you really help bring you back down to earth. I wouldn’t have it any other way!