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!


Learning about pediatric chiropractic

A couple Fridays ago, the Pediatric Club had some amazing speakers from Premier Wellness Chiropractic in Crystal Lake, Ill. Dr. Tony, Dr. Jen and Dr. Ron were amazing and had so much energy!

There was a great turn-out during the 9:20 a.m. club hour, and then they came back in the evening to have a two-hour talk with more information about children and chiropractic and how they approach different situations.

Some things that really stuck with me were really understanding the philosophy, how to approach situations when just getting started, and working with moms.

Philosophy – Dr. Tony mentioned during club hour that you wouldn’t go to a priest who hasn’t read the Bible, so why would you go to a chiropractor that doesn’t understand the philosophy? I’m not really sure why this hadn’t clicked earlier, but this really hit home for me. Sometimes I just need someone to be very blunt for it to click in my head.

I’m currently in Philosophy II with Dr. Strang and really enjoy his classes and the history of the Palmers and chiropractic, but there are very little required readings. With the sorority, I’ve read “Palmer’s Law of Life,” but I will take some more time during my breaks to read more philosophy books!

Approaching situations when just getting started – Dr. Jen did a great job talking about this topic in the evening. She talked about when she first was getting started and she would use other D.C.s experience when talking to the parents to help them understand the benefits of chiropractic for children. Since she didn’t have the experience right out of school, she needed to find ways to gain the trust of the parents quickly (mainly with the moms). So this is something that I will definitely need to remember once I am out in the field!

Working with moms – All three of the docs touched on this because it is important to understand that when working with children you are also working with the mother (most of the time). It’s important for them to understand the benefits of chiropractic. Some things that they talked about were having workshops. Last trimester there was another pediatric chiropractor that came to talk on a Saturday who also said this and how important it is to keep them involved.

Dr. Tony ended by telling us about his personal experience with his son, which was very touching.

Their excitement and energy during the entire day was contagious, and I’m so grateful for attending both the club hour and evening event! I look forward to the three of them coming back to Palmer, and I plan to shadow them in the near future, too!


Why Chiropractic? Why Palmer?

Palmer College - my home away from home.

Palmer College – my home away from home.

When I started at Palmer in March, a lot of people questioned me as to why I choose a career path in chiropractic and then why Palmer. The question seems like it should be such an easy one, but it was on average the second question asked by my classmates after, “Where are you from?” My answer at the time was very vague: “My entire family has been seeing a chiropractor for years, and we have seen tremendous relief!” I felt like my story didn’t have a strong “why.”

Although this is something I’ve been thinking about for years, I ended up graduating with a communication degree (after not being 100% on what to do) from UW-Milwaukee and then accepting a job in Corporate America. In the eyes of so many people I had a very successful job/career going for me and was able to move up in the company pretty fast. But I dreaded getting up in the morning, knowing that I had no passion for my job, and the only reason I was showing up was for the paycheck. I stopped exercising and stopped seeing a chiropractor until one night when I bent over to pick up my laptop to start working (on a Sunday evening). At that moment I knew something went wrong, and I could barely stand back up. Over the next 12 hours, the pain increased tremendously.

Over the next six months, I was regularly seeing a chiropractor to bring my health back. It was always something I looked forward to and was a place of relaxation for me. Every week he would ask when I was going to join my brother at chiropractic school. I brushed it off for multiple weeks, thinking I couldn’t just quit my job and go back to school. But in the back of my mind, I kept thinking that I wanted a job where I could help people and do the same for others that he had done for me.

Then one day I was looking at Palmer’s website and saw a listing for a prospective student event, so I signed up thinking, “What do I have to lose? Nothing!” It was then that I really felt like this was something I NEEDED to do, and if I didn’t, I would regret it the rest of my life.

During the prospective student event, there was a student from Colorado who told her story about how she was working as a graphic designer and quit her job and came to Palmer. Then Dr. Barber told her story of quitting her job and coming to Palmer after falling on some ice one winter and seeing a chiropractor. It was the first time that I truly felt that I could also do this, too!

Why Palmer? That question is so hard to explain in words, because it’s just something I felt was right. On the Friday night before the campus tour, Spizz Night was held. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the people who spoke were so passionate about the field, and their energy made me want to be around them. I felt at home, and after the prospective student event, I didn’t even think about looking at other schools.

So what I would encourage any prospective students to do is to attend Spizz Night (if possible), the prospective student event, and believe that you can do it, too. (As corny as that sounds!)