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

Rugby game and finals ….

So I know I’ve mentioned before, but the week before exams or finals is crucial. You can either rest up or you can live it up before you’re caged away for a while. With rugby, I get to experience a little bit of both. 🙂

Our game this weekend was in Milwaukee, and my parents were coming to watch. My best friend Lucie also lives in Milwaukee, so I thought I would visit her while I still had some time.

In order for me to get to Milwaukee as soon as possible, I decided to not go to the Barrel House with Jen. In hindsight, probably not my best choice. But anyways, I made it to Milwaukee around 5:30 p.m., and Lucie and I went to her favorite restaurant for appetizers. We sat and caught up on our busy lives and munched on some cheese curds (we were in Wisconsin, you know). 🙂 Then my parents arrived and we picked them up and had dinner. It was great to see Lucie and be back in Wisconsin.

The rugby game wasn’t until 1 p.m., so my parents and I had breakfast and explored the Third Ward of Milwaukee. I could absolutely see myself living there someday (not forever, but it’s pretty neat).

Broken finger ... ouch!

Broken finger … ouch!

After walking around most of the morning, we headed over to the field. It was a gorgeous day for rugby! The field is right next to Lake Michigan, so the background was beautiful. But remember when I said I broke my pre-game tradition? Yeah, I ended up breaking my finger!!! I went in for a tackle and my fingers got stuck in another player’s shorts. When I stood up, I instantly knew I broke my finger. Thankfully the game was almost over, so I didn’t miss out on too much. But the best part of getting hurt while playing Palmer rugby is the fact that I have access to free X-rays and unlimited resources. I was able to get in to the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department for X-rays on Monday, and there I found out I did indeed break the middle phalanx on my fourth digit.

Thankfully I had already taken my palpation practical, but now I have to figure out how to write for the rest of my finals. Palmer is very accommodating for injuries, and I was able to get extra time taking my finals. I also had the option for someone to scribe for me. This was a huge relief! My main way of studying is rewriting, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to study like I usually do, but I made it work.

Before I knew it, finals were over! I survived my second trimester at Palmer! What a relief. 🙂 But just because classes are over, doesn’t mean rugby is! I’ll have to tell you about our last two games and my break next time. 🙂

 

Callie