Surviving the 1st year!

Ahhhh ... vacation. Reading a book by the pool.

Ahhhh … vacation.

I cannot even put into words how excited I am to be done with the first year of chiropractic school. Yes, I learned a lot and met tons of new people, but I am sooooo glad to be done with the basic sciences. I can’t wait to dig into more techniques! 🙂 I’m also excited that I won’t have to pull any more all-nighters or be ridiculously stressed out. Of course, I don’t know how the next year will treat me, but I do know that 4th tri is pretty chill. 🙂

To celebrate my survival, I went to San Diego with one of my friends from back home. It worked out really nice because her parents had a time-share there, and I have another friend who lives out there. So not only was the trip pretty cheap, it was also packed with catching up with my good friends. 🙂

We couldn’t have picked a better week to go there. The weather was always above 75 degrees, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The time-share was at a resort, and it was beautiful! I honestly couldn’t believe we were there for the whole week!

We had lots planned. We wanted to lay outside and soak in the Vitamin D, swim, hike, sea kayak, shop, go to the ocean/beach, see the nightlife, and also check out local coffee shops. We both love coffee. 🙂 My friend, Hannan, who lives in San Diego, happens to work at a local coffee shop – so of course we went there. We also tried a couple restaurants, and they were AMAMZING! Holy cow. I usually don’t eat fish, but when you are that close to the ocean, you can’t pass up fresh seafood. So I had some amazing fish. So good! Any place we went with a ‘catch of the day,’ I tried it. 🙂 MMMM.

Although the entire trip was perfect, I did end up getting sick again. Towards the end of my trip I once again had extreme body aches, a sore throat and exhaustion. So when you are on vacation in the sun what do you do? I laid on the beach all day. I actually fell asleep! Hehe. The sound of the ocean and the heat was just what my body wanted! (Flash ahead a couple weeks and this sickness was still there – but now migrated to double ear infections.)

I did bring a book with me on my trip! I chose to bring ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’ by Norman Doidge, with me and it was very interesting! I can’t believe I actually wanted to read this book on vacation, but that’s what happens when you love what you do! I love learning about anything related to chiropractic and the way the body works. It’s funny because the author of this book isn’t a chiropractor, and I’m not sure about his stance on it, but from his book he seems to describe chiropractic perfectly! I highly recommend reading this book to any prospective students or current students. Hit me up and you can borrow it. 🙂

Once I got back I settled in and prepared for 4th tri! Turns out its better than I could have ever thought. 🙂

Callie

Finals week … already?!

(This post got lost in the shuffle — it was from after finals LAST trimester.)

This was me the week of finals. Miserable!

This was what I felt like the week of finals. Miserable!

So finals week is already here! It’s insane! How am I almost done with 3rd tri? And my first year at Palmer! INSANE! This 3rd trimester was rather tricky. It was soooo monotonous I found it hard to study. I also did not find the content to be exciting and enticing. Granted, some things were interesting, but for the most part I was a little bored (to be honest). So that being said, I wasn’t as ‘set’ in my classes as I usually am. For instance, in Gen Path 1, I had an 88% going into the final. So if I got an A, then I got an A in the class. Or I could basically fail and get a B. But where’s the fun in that? 🙂 This same situation happened to me in five classes. FIVE! Holy buckets. So going into finals I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me!

The weekend before finals I prepared all my notes and study guides so that way when finals came I was fully prepared. And that allowed me extra time to do some light studying – or at least familiarize myself with the content. Sunday morning rolls around and I started to feel a sore throat coming on. So I took my vitamins and Wellness Formula, got out my essential oils, brushed my teeth, and showered hoping to kick this thing goodbye. Boy, was I mistaken! By Monday morning I was full on sick. I felt like I was 90 years old. ALL of my joints hurt and I could only sleep. Forget eating or talking. I couldn’t even dress myself. It was terrible. This lasted ALL week! AHHGHGHGH! This is literally every student’s nightmare. Palmer gives students a day between classes and finals to study (a study day), and my study day was spent curled up in my bed sleeping – and coughing. I think 75% of the rugby team got this sickness. We termed it The Plague. It was to the point that Joey was extremely concerned and going out of his way to get me to stop coughing – he never gets sick so this was a big deal for him hehe. 🙂

Somehow I managed to do well on my first two finals – I thought they went terrible, but somehow they turned out okay. 🙂 Then I had the weekend to study PNS. You guys know how I have struggled with PNS this trimester. It made my stomach hurt just thinking about studying for PNS, but I studied all weekend and guess what???! I got a 98% on my final. BOOM! I’ve never gotten an A on ANY Torgerud exam. So this was huge for me. After doing well on that exam, I took the rest of my finals feeling like I could do anything. None of them turned out as well as PNS, but they all went well. And before I knew it, 3rd tri was over.

Although 3rd tri was over, my sickness was not. 🙁 I had a couple days to recover, but then I was headed to San Diego for a week in the sun. Before I left for my trip my sickness was going away, but half-way through my vacation, it came back with a vengeance!

But I’ll tell you about my break/vacation/celebration from surviving year one in another blog. 🙂

 

Callie

First week back from break …

My first Palmer winter break is in the books. We’re going to play a little game: Expectation vs. Reality.

My expectation of break was to spend all my days with my family, binge watching Netflix, binge eating delicious homemade food, dining at my favorite places back home, sleeping in as late as possible, and enjoying the holidays. Maybe even showering more than twice … hehehe.

Expectations are pretty low here; but then there was the reality. The reality of break is that everyone from home wants to see you or do something, there’s a lot of traveling, early mornings and late nights, catching up on all the things you needed to do before break (but couldn’t get to), and the school work and studying. Don’t get me wrong, break was amazing, but it was a little different than I pictured. I did have a couple days to myself where my expectations came true, but for the most part I was very busy. It’s good to be busy though, keeps you from being lazy and makes you feel loved. 🙂

The first week back from break was filled with a couple quizzes and a PNS exam. If you remember my last PNS was not so good due to the Packers amazing win over the Lions, but this exam I prepared for. I knew I needed to do well and I did J Dr. Torgerud’s CNS and PNS classes are pretty tough, especially if neuro just doesn’t click for you. For me, I like the basics and I appreciate CNS/PNS but I could never specialize in advanced neuro cases. Not my thing. But anyways, after this exam on Thursday I was able to relax and prepare for next week’s exam.

My boyfriend Joey’s birthday was on Wednesday, and because I had PNS on Thursday, I wasn’t able to celebrate with him.

My family at the hockey game

My family at the hockey game

NOTE TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF A CHIRO STUDENT: Chiro school always wins. Always. We try our best, but most times school is already pulling us in every direction. But it’s only temporary. 🙂 But that being said, Joey and I celebrated the weekend after his birthday in Madison, Wis. We love Madison. 🙂 We lived there before Palmer, and Joey went to school there, so to say we miss it would be an understatement. We met his whole family down there on Saturday, went to our favorite restaurants, and also went to a Wisconsin men’s hockey game. It was a lot of fun! And I was glad Joey was able to celebrate his birthday properly, even if it was a little later. 🙂

But all good things come to an end, and we had to return to Iowa. I also had a test Monday morning, and the Pack played on Sunday. So I watched the game and then studied. Priorities people!!! Hehe.

But after the Immunology exam on Monday, I also had a Subluxation practical. Both went just okay. Need to do better next time, but not a big deal.

Now to prepare to take seven exams in less than two weeks … and it’s not even finals!

Callie

What I did over break

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Secret Santa night!

During the last week and half before break I thankfully only had two exams! What a relief. Too bad they were terrible. I thought I studied enough and felt confident and both tests blew me off my feet. So that’s always a nice feeling … not. The break couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. 🙂 I can’t wait to have a little time off in order to get motivated again and just get away from school for a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love Palmer and Chiropractic, but sometimes you need some distance. I also think I needed to spend some time with my family. 🙂 I couldn’t wait to snuggle with my nephew!

In between our exams, my friends and I had a Secret Santa party! We had soooooo much food and it was AMAZING! We had ham, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, deviled eggs, salmon, desserts for days, and of course some wine. 🙂 We exchanged our gifts, and everyone was happy. It was one of the best ideas we have had yet.

Somehow my apartment was dirty long after that party. LOL It was crazy that I looked forward to cleaning the first chance I got on break? Oh, well. It will feel good to clean and get it all out to start anew. I didn’t go home until Dec. 23 because Joey works, so I had a couple days to decompress from school. Perfect!

I also had time to finish making my Christmas gifts! I love making gifts for my family, and this year I decided to make another quiet book for my nephew. I forgot how long it takes, so I was extremely behind in making this!

On Thursday before break, half of my friends went to see “Star Wars” and the other half of us watched Disney movies and ordered pizza. It was great! We also did some knitting. It felt like we were already on break! I seriously couldn’t believe we had to go to school Friday. Clearly I was checked out all day, hehe. But on the bright side, Dr. Freedman brought us PIZZA!!! Wahooo! See, we aren’t the only ones looking forward to break. 🙂

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!!

Callie

Break!

I started off my break at rugby practice. Since I have a broken finger, I can’t practice, but I can be there for support. So immediately after my last final I went to Starbucks, got a coffee and made my way to practice. It happened to be chilly on Thursday, so a hot coffee was perfect. 🙂

Marley the Cowardly Lion

Marley the Cowardly Lion

Then when I got home, I had to run some errands for my sister. I wasn’t even home yet, and she was putting me to work. My sister, brother-in-law, nephew and one of their dogs were going as the Wizard of Oz for Halloween. In order to pull this all together, my sister needed some random things at Goodwill. She also needed me to make a mane for their dog, Marley. I can tell you I have never made a mane before, and I never thought I would. But there’s a first time for everything! 🙂

After running around all day, I met up with the rugby girls for supper. We went to the Barrel House to do some team bonding and celebrate the end of the trimester. I ended up going home after trivia and went straight to bed. I had a list of about 20 things I had to do before our game on Saturday. So, as I mentioned, I had to work on this mane for Marley. I think I sat and looked at her measurements for an hour before I figured out what to do. I clearly was still exhausted from finals. Hehe. I also had to finish another nap-mat! Wahoo!

By the time I finished all of these sewing projects, I still had to pack and clean before I left on Saturday morning. I think I was up until 2 a.m. cleaning and packing. Ahhh! But I like to leave my apartment clean so when I come back I have one less thing to do. 🙂 And let’s be real, it was disgusting after finals because who has time for anything besides studying??

Since the game was in Madison, my parents came down to watch and then they brought me home after. My chiropractor also moved to Madison, so I was able to see her for the afternoon. 🙂 It was awesome to catch up with her and talk chiropracTIC. She’s the reason I am in chiropractic school!

After getting home, I spent my break being a full-time nanny for my nephew. 🙂 We went to the apple orchard, got pumpkins, went for hikes, watched some movies, read some stories, and made cookies. Aunties are the best, aren’t they? Hehe.

The faux fireplace my dad and I built

The faux fireplace my dad and I built

I also made a faux fireplace with my dad. It basically is a glorified TV console, but it looks cozy and homey. Eventually I will get some electric logs or a fireplace insert, but for now, it’s just for show. I love it. 🙂

Faux fireplace with faux logs!

Faux fireplace with faux logs!

But before I knew it break, was almost over. My dad brought me back to Davenport on Friday so we could transport the fireplace. We had our last rugby game of the season on Saturday. It was wet, cold and misting. But none-the-less it was a good day for rugby. I spent the rest of the day staining and painting my fireplace. And the last two days of break I spent watching Netflix. 🙂

And then before I knew it again, I was starting 3rd trimester! EEEEK! How is this happening?!

Callie