Zac SaundersReflecting upon my beginnings at Salus in 2015, a whirlwind of emotions comes flooding back. Happiness, pride, and a healthy dose of anxiety. As I navigated the interview process for various graduate schools, some institutions said, “You can become like us.” What truly captivated me about Salus was my sense of belonging — the feeling that said, “We want you to be a part of our community, and we’re excited to grow alongside you.”

Cultivating a diverse network of friends across Salus programs with varying backgrounds profoundly impacted my personal growth. Nurturing connections with students from different disciplines eased graduate school challenges and enhanced my compassion, well roundedness, and professional skills.

Giving back through community service was also an enriching experience as a student, and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to give back as the current Alumni Association president. As we navigate the potential merger between Salus University and Drexel University, I hold complete confidence in the institution’s leadership and look forward to assisting through the work of our Alumni Association board as the year progresses. Dr. Mittelman has consistently demonstrated transparency and a commitment to expanding resources for current students.

As we forge ahead, let’s remember to support one another and seize the opportunities that lie before us. Not long ago, I was at the beginning of my Salus journey, and looking back, I’m amazed by how swiftly time passed and the immense personal and professional growth I underwent.

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Zac Saunders, MSOT ’17