Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | Wednesday, 13 July 2022
Amelia Hetherington was pushing through a medical science degree in Sydney when she realised she didn’t love it. So, she opted instead for naturopathy and has never looked back.
“The irony is I had seen a naturopath for some health issues as a teen. She helped me immensely with my health, and at 16, I even went to an Endeavour Open Day, but I still followed the conventional study path for medicine,” Amelia said. “Eventually, I circled back to naturopathy.”
Amelia studied on campus for the first few years of her degree. “The campus has such good energy. Immediately, I knew that it was where I wanted to be. In my first degree, students were there because they had to be. At Endeavour, natural health is everyone’s passion project, and they want to learn as much as they possibly can.”
Although Amelia studied science in her previous degree, she still found she put a lot of hours into science in naturopathy. “I loved it so much, I just got on with it,” she said. “I was grateful that I already had a mentor in the naturopath industry who I’d seen since my teens. I also started the degree knowing I wanted to practice when I finished, so my purpose was clear. I was so focused.”
Covid-19 hit during the last year of Amelia’s degree, and she moved to online learning. “My experience was good. Learning online removed the travel stress and surprisingly brought me closer to my peers,” Amelia said.
“Four years may seem like a long time, but it goes fast, especially if you’ve found your passion. I say to every student, ‘make sure you suck as much knowledge as you can from your teachers and mentors while you’re at college’. Once you’re in practice, you’ll still hear their voices as you work.”
While she studied, Amelia worked in several natural health clinics in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. “I started by doing admin, which taught me about running a business and made the transition to working in the clinic much easier,” she said. “I set up my business, Amelia Botanica, so I was ready to seize opportunities straight out of college. I rented rooms in different spaces, but I’ve always had my own base.”
Amelia lives a natural lifestyle. She loves being outdoors and surrounded by good people and good energy. Ultimately, she wants to make natural health more accessible, helping many people online to adopt healthier lifestyles.
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The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture Therapies and Chinese Medicine, Undergraduate Certificates, a Diploma of Health Science and massage courses.