My last homecoming hurrah

It was a bittersweet homecoming. It was the 3rd homecoming that I had the opportunity to attend as a student, thus being my last. As excited as I was to be an 8th trimester student, I was also sad that it was my last one before I graduate. Each year is better than before and Homecoming 2011 did not disappoint! It was the best homecoming that I had participated in, to date! The sessions and all the festivities associated with homecoming were amazing. I love going to homecoming not only to network and have fun, but also to reignite my passion for chiropractic! Being able to meet new doctors and prospective students is so inspiring and definitely the highlight of the weekend. Having been at two previous homecomings, it was nice to see familiar faces of doctors I met years prior. How exciting it is to be a student and network with some of the most successful and influential professionals in chiropractic! It was truly humbling that the doctors I met in the past years remembered me and took a sincere interest in my future. I made so many connections across the country with doctors who want to help me after I graduate! I am looking forward to coming back as an alumnus and being able to help students as these doctors have helped me.

This year’s homecoming was even more special for me as I am preparing for my chiropractic future. I had the opportunity to interview for an internship with a chiropractor who works in a VA hospital. The experience of working in a multidisciplinary setting with a chiropractor and other health professionals to serve our nation’s heroes would be truly invaluable. Going into the interview, I tried not to let my nerves distract me, but rather focus on the confidence in my skills and knowledge I gained during my two years at Palmer. I was elated as the interview went well, and the doctor offered me an internship position! Now, officially part of the VA internship program, my educational path is taking a new turn. I know that I am in for the ride of my life. This news was certainly a great way to kick off my homecoming week!

Of course, I could go on and on about homecoming, but nothing I can say does the event justice. The energy that encompasses Palmer during homecoming is contagious and enthralling. Palmer Homecoming is something you MUST experience for yourself!

Abbey Crouse, 8th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

First Homecoming

Well this was the first time I got to attend homecoming here at Palmer and I’ve got to say it was pretty cool.  I don’t know about all you guys but to me homecomings have always been really lame so I wasn’t expecting too much from homecoming here even though I had heard it was sweet.  It was a pleasant surprise and really – pretty fun.  I really loved how we got to attend the seminars along with other doctors from the real world.

The speakers that I got listen to were really interesting and I can’t wait to get to hear new speakers at the next homecoming.  It really gets you excited about being out in practice and helping improve peoples’ lives.  Another interesting thing about homecoming is that you can make connections with doctors out in the field to either visit their practices, call about questions or even line up potential internships or associate-ships with these doctors.

The biggest surprise about homecoming though was the festival on the last night. They had awesome food and deserts.  Not to mention a band that was great and a really cool fireworks show.  I took my wife to the festival and she was impressed as well.  Overall, homecoming is a really cool experience and I look forward to going again next year.

Ryan Etherton, 3rd Trimester
Davenport Campus

A homecoming stand-out

One of the things that stands out in my mind from homecoming is the session on adrenal fatigue from the Dr. Bhogal’s (how do you write that?? Dr. Bhogal and Dr. Bhogal? Mr. And Mrs. Dr. Bhogal? Dr. And Dr. Bhogal? Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Ramneek? Anyway haha)…They were excellent!

They discussed what they do at their practice and how they help people with lifestyle change beyond what we primarily do- adjust. I loved their take on the stress factor in women’s lives and I think they unintentionally made everyone want to come visit their office. They have got it going ON with chiropractic philosophy and in my opinion they would be excellent primary care physicians who I would trust and look up to. They are a couple that both teach here and ironically, I just found out I get Dr. Bhogal for toggle class next trimester and I am extremely excited for that! It will be the first technique I master at Palmer and I will be learning from one of the best teachers at this school! I was also at pediatrics club for the first time today and saw that Dr. Stephanie Bhogal‘s name was on the handout we were given as a reference. I asked if she would be teaching us, what subject, and when, and the club leader responded yes, OBPeds in 6th trimester and I have to say, that added a little skip in my step today despite my extremely tired third-tri-state!

Kaileigh Strath, 3rd Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Boards are almost here

Ahh… Boards time is approaching faster than I wish! Part 1 boards are only a few days away. My stress level is starting to rise. I am getting nervous because this is the first time I have had to take a test like this. Although I studied quite a bit over summer break, I do not feel as though I have studied enough to this point. Time management is getting harder for me because I can’t say “no” to anything and I don’t leave enough time for myself.

I am learning that I must dedicate certain times everyday to things that need to be done. Studying for classes and trying to study for boards while working part time and being involved on campus has led me to believe I may have bit off more than I can chew. The classes at school prepare you well for boards but it is trying to find those facts in your head is difficult. Board reviews are available to those who wish to use them based on their learning style.

I decided to not take the board review because I learn better on my own. Keeping my stress level down until boards are over is difficult. I can’t let the nervousness get to me or all my grades would go down because of it.

Christa Scheffler, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

What’s holding you back?

Hello everyone, my name is Matt and I wanted to share a little bit about myself. My thought in doing so is so that you might know a little more about what makes me tick and not be too intimidated to ask me any of your questions about Palmer and life as a student here.

First of all, let me tell you that I am love to laugh and have a good time. I really feel that life is a great journey that we are all on and that we need to find joy in this journey. That being said, here is some basic info about me. I am currently in my 4th trimester here at Palmer. In case you are wondering that has nothing to do with pregnancy at all. Some schools are on quarters and others on semesters. At Palmer our terms are divided into trimesters. Each trimester is roughly 15 weeks including finals. The program at Palmer Davenport is a total of 10 trimesters.

I am the oldest of 3 kids and the son of a dentist. I will be a first generation chiropractor once I graduate and plan on setting up my office in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. I have three amazing children and am engaged to be married this fall to my wonderful fiancé. Yeah, that’s right I am a single dad with two teenagers and a Palmer student. The reason I share this with you is perhaps you may have said to yourself things such as, “I’m too old to go back to grad school,” or “How can I possibly do that and be a good spouse or parent,” or “It’s just too late for me to make that kind of change.” I know how you felt. I said those things to myself over and over again but no matter how many times I told myself these things, my passion for chiropractic kept telling me to stop making excuses and get to work. So at the age of 36, I enrolled at Palmer and will be 39 when I graduate. I know, I’ll still be just a kid.

Anyway, I love Palmer and I love chiropractic. I could tell you more about myself but I think I’ll save that for the campus tour when you come to check out Palmer. In the mean time if you have any questions please feel free to send me an email or follow me on twitter @kingcampusguide. Have a great day and I can’t wait to hear from you.

Matt Sharples, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus