Hello! My name is Courtenay, and I am almost halfway through my sixth quarter here at Palmer’s West Campus. Man, am I stressed! Midterms are hitting full force, and so is the realization that Part I boards are right around the corner (end of the quarter with finals). Trying to balance school, friends and health can be challenging, especially in times like these. However, the great thing about my class is that we are all in this together, and everyone is so supportive! It makes the endless hours of studying seem not THAT bad.
The deeper I get into the curriculum, the more I get to learn adjustments and the better I get at them–so that is honestly what is getting me through right now. Regardless of how much studying I have to do, exams I have coming up, or the fact I need a nap SO bad doesn’t deter me from practicing my adjusting skills every chance I get. Seven more quarters to go, but who’s counting right?
With the start of the fall trimester I am renewed with a sense of excitement. I will likely lose some hours of sleep, spend many days doing observation and do meticulous calculations, but it will all be worth it. No, I’m not talking about my new classes. It’s prime time deer season here in Iowa!
As students at Palmer, it is very important to remember that there is life outside of school. Yes, it is extremely important to work hard in your classes, and you must make this a priority in your life if you plan on leaving this school prepared to be a great doctor. With that being said, you can’t forget about activities to rejuvenate and energize you for the task at hand. For me, hunting does just the trick.
Iowa has an abundance of public land and waters that are available for anyone to enjoy. As an experienced outdoorsman, please take my word that Iowa has a lot to offer compared to many other places. One of the things I have looked forward to all year was getting out in a stand to hunt the legendary Iowa whitetail with my bow. Now that the rut is about to take off, I am spending as much time as possible in the woods. Although I am going to be driven crazy by a 13 point buck that never seems to come closer than 100 yards, that’s not the real reason I head to to the woods. Hunting is an avenue that allows me to build relationships, explore the state and appreciate nature with all its beauties. Perhaps most importantly, it is a time to reflect.
Getting through Palmer is a journey that undeniably requires a large time commitment, but this fall I will be balancing that with a healthy dose of Mother Nature. I encourage everyone to think about investing time into themselves to make sure that you are more than just a student this trimester. Happy hunting!