Sherman Cares about Student Success
Pilot Project: Amilliah Kenya, D.C., to Chair Student Success Department
Sherman graduate Amilliah Kenya (’06) knows how challenging chiropractic college can be – emotionally, mentally and physically – and now she’s heading a pilot project at Sherman to help students move through the curriculum with confidence and success.
Kenya is leading a Student Success pilot project to assess student progress and needs and to identify and implement strategies for more effective learning for those students who can benefit from additional support. Working closely with the offices of Academic Affairs, Registrar and Student Affairs, Kenya also coordinates tutoring and counsels with students on both academic and personal matters. If the project is successful and adopted, she will serve as chair.
"Sometimes students are surprised by the intensity of the work at Sherman," says Dr. Kenya, “and others need just a little help with study habits or time management.” Kenya sees some students every week, others once or twice a month. Students can become overwhelmed with the work load, especially if they have families or jobs outside of school. "It takes planning and dedication to be successful," she says. "Those who have the will and focus can achieve what they want."
Kenya’s primary advice for students enrolling in chiropractic college is to be mentally prepared for three years of very intense work — the same number of hours and level of work as required by any first professional degree college. The level of commitment needs to be high, but the rewards are great as well.
Kenya is very familiar with the challenges chiropractic students face, as several years ago she and her husband, Charles, came to America to study chiropractic from Kenya with their three children, who at the time were in grades 6, 4 and 4K. The Kenyas planned their study time during school hours so that they could have quality time with their children.
Kenya says she learned to use her time effectively, employing a 15-minute break between classes, for example, to focus on one area of information, such as cranial nerves. This focus allowed her to understand one concept clearly, rather than trying to study many ideas and information for many hours at a stretch
Teaching is important to Dr. Kenya, who was a teacher for 12 years in her home country before coming to Sherman as a student, and she loves helping students reach their goals. She says the college’s 80-acre campus feels like home now, and she is happy to be part of a program for student success. Teaching at Sherman, Kenya says, "is a dream hidden behind the heart that has come true."
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