1st year (almost) in the books

Palmer College of Chiropractic campusMarch is coming up quickly, and that will mark one full year in the books at Palmer! In one year things have changed dramatically–for the best! I’m not actually sure where all the time has gone, because I feel like I was just taking the first round of exams in first trimester (although, I’m so happy that’s over with).

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you know that I worked in the corporate world before making a leap and changing the direction of my life. For those who are also thinking of doing the same thing, let me tell you, the first trimester can be a little rocky. Getting back in the groove of being in school and not having a science background was difficult, but if you’re willing to put in the time (which will probably be more time than your classmates have to), it will all be worth it!

Last night I was at the sorority house and was talking to one of the girls whom I started with, and she agreed that this first year has flown by. Many people have already told me that their time at Palmer flew by, but when you are in the middle of it, sometimes it is a little overwhelming. But this is just like anything else, as long as you take it one day at a time, pretty soon you’ll be one year in and then, in no time, graduating.

In the past two weeks I’ve also talked to some previous co-workers and asked them how things are going at work. There responses were all pretty similar, that nothing had changed. As much as I miss those paychecks, I’m so happy I’m no longer working at those jobs and chose a career in chiropractic and Palmer!

I look forward to seeing what the next year at Palmer has in store for me!

Prospective Student Event!

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

This weekend was the big Prospective Student Event on campus, which I attended to work the Pediatric Club booth. It seemed like there was a great turn-out of excited prospective students. I had a chance to speak with a few one-on-one when they stopped at our booth.

One person was telling us her story about watching a baby getting adjusted. Some people who stopped by said they were interested in pediatrics, too, but didn’t really think about babies getting adjusted. Before I was getting adjusted by my chiropractor back in Milwaukee, I didn’t think about babies getting adjusted, either. Now knowing what I know, I wonder why more babies and children are not getting adjusted!

Another person who had stopped at our both was really excited about pediatrics and started asking about how I liked Palmer. I told her that it had been a year since I had attended the Prospective Student Event and how I applied for the D.C. program that weekend when I got home–and then started in March. She was surprised with how quickly my process went, because she was looking at taking a year off and then coming next fall to Palmer. I was telling her that this event ended up making up my mind on what my next step in life should be, which ultimately was to quit my job and move to Davenport. It has been one of my best life choices!

I’ve talked about why I choose Palmer and chiropractic in a previous blog; but it was great getting a chance to be on the other side of the table, talking to those who might still be on the fence. Deciding to attend the Prospective Student Event and then deciding to attend Palmer has forever changed my life. I am very grateful to be a part of Palmer and chiropractic community.

If you are still on the fence about chiropractic or even Palmer, definitely check out a Prospective Student Event or even a tour! The students at Palmer are awesome and are always willing to help anyone out. So don’t ever hesitate to ask any question, whether it be to one of us bloggers or even the group on Facebook (Future Chiropractors – Palmer College of Chiropractic). I had my brother and his friends to ask questions of, and believe me, I had a lot!

Jen

I love the CHC!

One of my favorite things about being at Palmer is my weekly visit to the CHC (Campus Health Clinic) for adjustments. The students practicing in the CHC are normally in either 7th or 8th trimester, depending on the time of the trimester. I’ve had some amazing interns so far, and I’ve learned a lot from them as well. It’s nice to have a little time with upper trimester students to ask questions about professors and the techniques they like. I also like to see how the staff doctor interacts with the intern and how they provide guidance on the their techniques!

Before starting at Palmer, I worked at a desk job for a handful of years and had a lot of back pain (upper and lower). After working with my chiropractor back home, I decided to change my career path, which has been one of the best decisions of my life. Last trimester my intern introduced me to Graston technique and ART (active release technique) for my rhomboids. It didn’t take long for me to see results with both of these techniques! The Graston took place at the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department, and it was an amazing opportunity for me to see what the upper-trimester students work on besides working in the CHC.

I’m excited for the day when I get to start working in the CHC! Today I signed up for the lower extremity adjusting seminar with Dr. Mally, and I’m excited to get some more hands-on experience! I’m looking forward to learning more about the biomechanics, radiology and conditions/injuries of the lower extremity.

-Jen