Bachelor, Matilde Bil Pedersen, 5th semester:
Why are you studying Clinical Biomechanics:
The first time I heard about the programme was actually whilst I contemplated studying physiotherapy. It was when I examined alternative, similar programmes that I stumbled across the chiropractor programme – Clinical Biomechanics. I've always been sure that I should choose a programme where I could help people. In addition, I have always been fond of science – and especially the body. It’s always fascinated me what the body can do, what training can do and how you yourself can influence both. I could unite all these questions and interests with Clinical Biomechanics. Here I ended up learning all about the body, the locomotor system and could help a great many people – even without the use of medication.
So when I got out of my practical training and met some chiropractic students, I was sure that that was going to be what I should study.
What is the best thing about studying CB?
The best thing about studying Clinical Biomechanics is very clear. It’s that there is a good mix of both the professional and the social. I’m sure that I’ll get a really good education, based on the latest knowledge, while at the same time there being great cohesiveness in the programme.
The Bachelor's degree is of a high standard, comparable to the medical qualification – which means that there is a high level of education, where we learn about all the parts and mechanisms of "The healthy body." In addition, there’s the Profession Line in the Bachelor's degree, which consists of Theoretical Biomechanics and the Technique subjects, where we learned the craft we will use during treatment in our future work as a chiropractor. It has some incredibly rewarding and motivational subjects, where you really get to know those you’re studying to be a chiropractor with.
Are you happy with the course and the study environment?
Yes, very much. I later discovered that we have a totally unique study environment, and course of studies. As described earlier, the good study environment provides a really good cohesiveness and high level of professionalism. We also have a really good Student Union, FNKS – the Association of Nordic Chiropractic Students, which improves things both on the social and academic front during your studies. They are quite a integral part of one’s studies, arranging events of both a professional and social nature. There can be e.g. practise evenings, where we practise different techniques, either with other students or where a chiropractor comes out and teaches us.
It all contributes to a good relationship between the students of the different years. We're really good at helping each other, and there is none of the so-called 'pointed elbows’ present. SDU also provides a good framework for a good study environment with many places we can sit, work out or get a cup of coffee.
Are you engaged in anything outside of your studies?
I am one of the students who have figured out that you get a great deal out of getting involved on a voluntary basis. Both socially, but also by getting to know what the qualification is all about, and what awaits you afterwards. I'm with the Supervisory Board of our Student Union, FNKS, and then in a sub-committee called "Hands-on". I can thus help to maintain the good study environment which we have. In addition, I am a member of the Board of Studies and Academic Council of the Faculty of Health. We play a part when new measures to be taken for the programme/faculty are discussed/adopted, and are the voice of the students in the Councils. It is incredibly exciting to be involved in various associations/boards/councils. You get a completely different insight into how your course fits together, and you get a really good network both among students, but also among qualified chiropractors. Bear in mind, though, that it requires a good deal of time and dedication.