(Note: This was written at the end of March)
Spring break starts today. Really it’s just a few extra days off. Most colleges get an entire week, but we only get Friday and Monday off. I think it is good, though, because as I prepare to enter the professional world, it’s not like I get an entire week off several times throughout the year.
“Charcoal” or golden brown? What’s your preference?
Since the beginning of the Trimester, I have been going and going and going. I haven’t been able to do anything really fun with my kids. I play with them when I get home from school, of course, but with recently taking (National) Boards then trying to squeeze studying for the first rounds of tests this Trimester, it has been hard to take my brain off focus mode to really play with them.
We went to the park today and had a blast. Totally worth it. The ground was still a little wet but no big deal–that is why we have a bath/shower in the house! After we got home, we roasted marshmallows over our gas stove. My girls were hilarious. I faintly remember when I liked to eat a “charcoal” marshmallow instead of a warm, golden brown, heated up marshmallow. Maybe that is the true sign and gateway into adulthood, and the gateway into parenthood is obliging your children and eating charcoal again. It was a great day.
- Dylan M Clarke
Now that I have one full trimester behind me in the Academic Health Center (which houses Palmer’s outpatient clinic), I wanted to share with you what really drives me.
Turn the power on!
Looking back over my academic career here at Palmer, I’d love to tell you that the purpose and drive that brought me here has always remained at the forefront of my focus. But the reality is that there were more than a few points along the path that I found myself derailed if you will. If you want more on those derailment details feel free to ask when you come to campus for your visit (I’m a Campus Guide). But let’s get back to the topic of this blog post.
Having been in the Academic Health Center now for a trimester and starting to feel more comfortable with seeing patients from the community, I can tell you that I have been reinvigorated with a passion to help those around me understand the power of chiropractic. I want everyone to know how it can help them to have a nervous system that is functioning at its peek and thus filling their entire bodies with life enhancing energy and wellness. When I see that light come on, even a little, I know that I am fulfilling my mission in life. I am so thankful to Dr. Scott Frogley of Integrated Wellness for helping to open up my eyes to the power of chiropractic.
So when you get here to Davenport (or to San Jose or Port Orange) and start your Palmer journey, don’t lose site of what drives you. Stay true to your passion, hang in there and go out to change the world one adjustment at a time.
-Matt Sharples, 8th trimester, Davenport Campus
As a Palmer student, I love to learn and I love what I am doing, but I also love my breaks. I think they are so critical to my survival and to the survival of my fellow students. Before I started at Palmer, if I was asked what my favorite holiday was I would have told you Christmas. And while I still love that magic time of year, if you were to ask me today that same question I would now tell you that it is the break we get between spring and fall trimesters. It’s a little over three weeks of complete and utter relaxation. I love it and it is a great time to give my mind a much needed rest. It’s also a great time to visit with friends and family and reenergize my student batteries for the next trimester. I really want to emphasize the need to maximize those breaks so that you can be sure to be the best student you can as you proceed through your Palmer education. So in following my own advice, I am going to wrap this up and go become one with my sofa and watch a good movie. Any suggestions?
-Matt Sharples, 8th trimester, Davenport Campus
Wow, how time flies. I just finished 8th trimester, and as I write this, I only have two trimesters left as a Palmer student before I venture out into the real world once again.
So you are reading this and probably think that I just want to brag about where I am and that the road ahead looks so very daunting for you, but honestly that is not the case. It really doesn’t seem that long ago when I was in your very shoes thinking to myself that I will never graduate from Palmer. Well, rest assured, many have done it before you and many will do it after you are sitting right where I am.
I think the best advice that I can give to you is to follow your heart and your passion. Palmer is a great chiropractic college, and I love it with all my heart. But it is not for every single individual desiring to become a chiropractor. I would advise you to trust your gut. I didn’t need to visit every school before I knew where I was to go for my education. I visited Palmer in March of 2010 and knew before I left that it was the perfect fit for me. I would recommend that you start with a visit to Palmer, since we are the Fountainhead of chiropractic and where it all began. We are rich in history and tradition, but we are also preparing for the future of our profession. The college is actively making changes to ensure that they offer the best education for the student body and producing the best chiropractors out there.
If you come to Palmer and don’t feel the immediate click that I did, then look at other colleges. The road to becoming a chiropractor is a long and challenging one, but it is very rewarding. My time here at Palmer has flown by, and I say that with all seriousness.
If you have any specific questions that you would like to ask me, feel free to contact me. And if you find yourself in the Quad Cities anytime soon, drop by the college and lets get you adjusted in the Academic Health Center.
Have a great day and best of luck in your future chiropractic endeavors.
-Matt Sharples, 9th Tri, Davenport Campus
This past Saturday, we had a great event to raise money for our West Campus Guides. We had spent the previous two weeks selling breakfast vouchers for pancakes and bacon at Applebee’s. Those folks were nice enough to open their doors three hours before they normally open to accommodate breakfast to all of the people we sold vouchers to!
It became a great inter-club competition. Guides brought out their best salesmanship skills, and it was fun selling against my fellow peers. Once at Applebee’s, we set up the entire restaurant and then served everyone who bought a voucher. We had a great turn-out of almost a hundred people!
Folks were well satisfied, and although we didn’t get enough contestants for the all-you-can eat pancake challenge, we are hoping next year that will come to fruition. All in all it was a successful event in that we raised money for our club, provided an affordable and delicious breakfast to our customers, and we got to have fun talking to people on a beautiful Saturday morning. I’m excited for next year’s event and hopefully I can sell the most tickets!
I am finishing up another quarter here in the next couple of weeks, and I have to say I couldn’t be happier it’s almost over. It’s funny, I think I say this every quarter.
Looking back on my first year, I have realized how important Chiropractic is to the health of the human body and how very happy I am that I chose Palmer (West Campus). I have friends attending other schools, and, in fact, I was scheduled to start my Chiro schooling at a school in Texas. Not that I think that school would have been better or worse, just different than here. The kind of friendships that I have made here so far are awesome in the fact that we spend so much time together, there doesn’t seem to be much of another way than to get along with the majority of people. Over this last weekend, we had our school’s Campus Guides host a breakfast fundraiser (pancakes!) at Applebee’s, where we paid a small amount for a breakfast that should have cost way more. It was a lot of fun to hang out with my friends from school and meet their families. This is just one example of many things that our school often does.
- Shawn Larkin, West Campus