Make Or Break Experience Essay

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It was a cold, brisk winter day in February. I was on my second visit to West Virginia University to determine if this was the school that I belonged to. However, this time was different than my last visit. I would be meeting with the Faculty Advisor for my major, Human Nutrition and Foods. This would be my make or break moment to whether or not I would be attending the school. When I met with my advisor Professor Adam Burda, I knew there was an immediate connection. While we were conversing, we were both getting so excited to discuss our passion and connection to nutrition. After meeting with him, I knew that I had to commit to West Virginia University due to the fact that faculty like Adam existed. Instantly I knew that I was going to be …show more content…
Therefore, I immediately questioned him about how the challenges he’s faced made him the person he is today. The response was exactly what I expected. He started off by saying, “I would say the challenges that I’ve faced are probably the most critical thing I’ve had to do in life that actually made me as a person who I am.” (Burda). He’s faced challenges that are extremely difficult such as obesity in his mid teens. He usually tells this to his classes and advisees to show that anybody can overcome obesity and if he could do it so can many other people. Adam was once 215 pounds and was able to drop the weight. He developed a passion for working out and wanted to make fitness his life. This made him realize he wanted to be an Exercise Physiology major. At that time of Adam’s life he knew he had it all together. He was now in shape, successful in college, and fell in love with his major. However, a new tragedy had struck him in a life-changing predicament that nobody should have to …show more content…
I asked him how suffering with his own weight problem helps him council patients. I connect with this on a similar level because I suffer with my own weight due to my Hypothyroidism. This is one of the many reasons that Professor Burda inspires me. His answer was one that I could definitely understand and relate with. “Oh my, I would say that’s the biggest difference for individuals who council people that haven’t had to deal with weight issues and individuals who do council people that have had weight issues make them a better counselor.” (Burda). He emphasized strongly on the ability to have a strong sense of empathy for the patients and can connect with them on the struggles that they deal with on a day-to-day basis. The emotional connection to these patients whether it’s physical or mental it is something you can truly understand if you were once in a patients

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