Find My iPhone app

If you have not downloaded this app yet, let me tell you why you should!

The other day I was taking my pooch, Sota, for a nice long bike ride in the evening. I was wearing a jacket as the weather is getting a little cooler, and in my jacket pocket I put my keys and my phone and off we went. Sota is an amazing dog, and I couldn’t ask for him to be any more well-behaved than he is for how much he has to be cooped up all day long. So I try to treat him with long walks/runs or bike rides at least once a day, maybe in the morning or at night when it isn’t too hot for him.

Anyways, so we are biking around the residential areas where I live to avoid the heavy traffic of the main roads, and we are gone for about an hour. Then we get home and I had gotten him an new toy, and I was all excited to give it to him. So I was looking for my phone so I could take a video and send it to my fiancé who is in Germany and always wants to see how our furbaby is doing.

Phone is nowhere to be found. But luckily I have the Find My iPhone app. (I will admit I have a tendency to lose my phone, and this is not the first time I have needed to use it.) So I open the app, and up pops the little map telling me where all my devices are. And low and behold, there is my iPhone, about 12 blocks away from my house in some random neighborhood. But it is on and working, so there is hope!

My roommate and I go out on the hunt, and we are following directions off her phone to the little green dot which is my phone … lost. As we are getting closer to the dot, I realize someone must have picked it up because I did not bike anywhere in this area at all.

I used the app to turn my phone on to lost mode (which locks it and displays a customized message that I put in–telling it to call my roommate’s phone if lost and also will make the phone play a sound to help you find it). Shortly, after me setting it into lost mode, we get a call from the very nice people who found my phone and they graciously returned it.

I am definitely lucky the people who found it were nice enough to return it, and not the kind of people who would have just stolen it and tried to sell it. But, never the less, this app definitely helped me find my phone (especially if it had not been picked up and was just laying in the grass at a random park or something).

So there is my story and why I would recommend downloading the app. It has saved me on more the one occasion!

Cheers, Eh!


What’s the first trimester schedule like at Palmer?

So I was thinking back to one of the tours I gave a couple weeks ago, and I remembered one of the prospective students asking me what the typical first trimester schedule is like here at Palmer.

I was thinking back to how much of an adjustment this schedule was for me, coming from my senior year in undergrad, having only one class at noon and an internship in my last semester to having full days that require me to get up at 6 a.m.

A typical first trimester class has about 100 students in it, depending on the start date of the trimester, some trimesters tend to have smaller groups of around 70 and others have larger groups of around 110. The first class of the day started at 7:30 and the last class ended around 3:00. In between each class there is a 5 minute break, and you typically get a lunch break for 50 minutes around 12 or 1:00.

They are nice to you in the first trimester, keeping a number of classes in a row in the same classroom so you don’t have to worry too much about getting lost trying to find your classrooms. And when you do switch classrooms, you are all going to the same place together because everyone in your class has all the same classes together all day long. So there is usually someone who has figured it out, and everyone else follows them.

On top of the 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. schedule, there will be a few days when you’ll have a lab in the evening or on Friday afternoon (because usually on Friday you only have a half day with classes in the morning) the labs are one or two hours.

And that’s a typical first trimester day! The trimester lasts 4 months and it flies by and before you know it you will be up into second trimester!



Rugby Day!

Consider what a long way you've come today.(written last Saturday) Saturday is a rugby day! The first regular season game for the fall season, and we opened up against one of our toughest opponents, Wisconsin. This team has some really good players who know rugby and have been playing for quite some time. We played them in the spring season, and it was a pretty one-sided game for them. Even though we lost again today, if you were to watch the game from the spring season and compare it to the game today, you would be extremely impressed with how far our team has come!

We improved a lot, and this game was a test as to where we sit skill-wise. I was really proud of the way our team went into this game with a fierce attitude, and we didn’t back down from anything. Everyone stuck together as a team, supporting each other and communicating well, and our strategy and ball handling skills have gotten a lot better!

Progress is always something that makes you feel good! You work hard towards things, and sometimes you forget to look back and give yourself credit for just how far you have come because you are wrapped up in the present. A friend of mine, who is currently studying for National Boards, made a comment about how even though studying for Boards is brutal, it’s really cool to see how much you have actually learned in the short amount of time you have been in the program.

It really is flying by, and we are learning so many things that sometimes I wonder how on earth all that information is staying up there. But then I remember Dr. Freedman’s Neurophysiology 3 class and learning about memory, and I answer my own questions. Feels good to have the answers sometimes!

Cheers to full brains and continued progress on the field and in the classroom!



Rugby pre-game bonding

(Written last Friday)

Tonight my girls’ rugby team is getting together for a little pre-game meal action! We are going to have pasta and salad and all that good food then do some team bonding as well as talk a little bit about strategy for our first regular season game tomorrow!

I have been on a team in one sport or another for most of my life, and the pre-game meal seems to have been a tradition for as long as I can remember. When I was playing hockey in my undergrad (we were a little spoiled), we had pre- and post-game meals together every weekend. I feel like these times are some of the things I remember the most. Bonding with those girls made memories that will last a lifetime. These things were the reason we created friendships, and I think a key component to any team’s success, because you build trust and understanding between players that can be carried over to the game.

When you are in battle alongside your teammates in a game, you want to know the people next to you and trust they are going to have your back and do their part just as they are expecting the same from you. Practice makes perfect, and good players can win games but even some of the most skilled teams out there will fall if they can’t bring everyone together.

This concept can relate to so many other things in life, too! Even chiropractic. The doctor-patient role is a team. You need to build that relationship and have trust in order for it to be successful.

Cheers to all the teams out there, eh!




Extra Credit

Extra credit cat

Extra credit cat

I love extra credit points! You know when your professors surprise you when you least expect it with that little extra credit quiz. It really just brings up my mood when I know I was there for the class and am going to earn a couple extra points that might make up for something I missed on a previous exam or assignment that I was kicking myself for.

Some professors ask a few questions using the clickers, or some ask you to hand in something on a notecard. The question is usually something related to what we did in class that day, so if you were paying attention at all, you are usually going to get the points!

Sometimes our lives just get so busy for whatever reason, and we just find ourselves unprepared for an upcoming quiz, exam or assignment. And when we do poorly on things like this, it’s easy to get down on ourselves and think back to all the times we could have put in a little more study time or a little more effort to focus and pay attention in class. After each time this happens, we swear we will change and do better next time, which is good. It’s good sometimes to do something wrong, if only to learn how we can improve for the future.

But that being said it still is nice to get a little boost as a thank-you for attending class and trying to better yourself for the next thing. It takes a little bit of the stress off by getting those extra credit points, after all it could be the difference between a B or and A or even a pass or a fail!

Cheers to extra credit points!


Financially Fit

At Palmer there is a program called Financially Fit, and it helps students to manage their budgets and stay within their limits while going to school on a student loan. The way the program works is that you attend some of their sessions, in which they talk about things related to finances and education, and taking part in their Financially Fit bonus programs you can earn points, the more points you earn the better because you name gets entered into a drawing each trimester in which you can win a scholarship ranging between $1,000 and a half a tuition’s worth for the trimester!

This week there are chances to win points if you find Fin Fit Cash around the school, and I am happy to say that today I spotted my first Fin Fit bills!

Being a grad student living pretty much completely off loans is a hard thing to do. I always feel like money is on my mind, and I am wondering how on earth I am going to get through school and even more how am I going to begin to start paying back all of this debt. It definitely is an added stressor, and having programs like Financially Fit really can help, not only by educating you on how to manage the debt, but also by providing opportunities to reduce the debt by receiving an award.

I will have my eyes peeled for the rest of the week for more Fin Fit cash, so keep your eyes peeled, too!

Cheers, eh!


Scrum Caps and Shoulder Pads

At rugby practice tonight, we all received our new and mandatory safety gear. The first item was a scrum cap, which is a sort of padded helmet that helps protect your ears and head from the constant contact there is in rugby. The second item was a set of shoulder pads, which probably aren’t what you’re thinking but are small foam pads build into the shoulder and neck area of a kind of spandex shirt, it fits tight and offers some impact protection to the area of our bodies we primarily use to hit others in the game.

Coach has made these things mandatory at all practices and optional at games but highly recommended. I am glad to have something to wear that I feel will help protect me a little bit. I personally think that this will offer me some kind of mental boost as I feel a little more confident going into contact with the other team because I am slightly more protected (at least more than I would be wearing no gear at all).

They do make us look pretty funny, and they feel a little weird at first. But as with all equipment in my experience, it just needs to be worn and broken in, and then you won’t even notice it there anymore. I actually used to wear my new hockey skates around the house with wet socks for a few hours to try to help break them in. Then they invented a skate oven that would heat up your skates and help mold them better to your feet so they were a little more custom.

Either way, I think our team will look a little more intimidating and come out with a more focused attitude for our first regular season game coming up this weekend against a very strong opponent, Wisconsin!

Cheers, Eh


Labour Day

So summer has come and gone, and I have to say looking back it didn’t feel much like summer. This was my first summer having to sit through classes on sunny days, living vicariously through my friends who are now graduated or get a full four-month summer because they are still in school. It honestly flew by. As soon as I felt like I was getting back in the groove and ready to start putting my full attention back on school, I realized here we are at September 1st with only one month left to go!

It was nice to have this Monday off, I’m sure most people took advantage of the long weekend by heading home to see family and friends if they lived close enough or having some local adventure. But August was a crazy month for me (with two weddings on back-to-back weekends and an unexpected trip home for a death in the family). So I was very appreciative to just have an extra day to look at the month I have ahead of me, and see where I need to focus my attention for school and make a plan to tackle everything coming up.

This was also my first summer in the Midwest, and I have to say I am a little excited for fall. This humidity was something I was really not used to, and, as I mentioned before, I was traveling home a lot for weddings and such in August. And every time I came back to the Quad Cities, as soon as I would step off the plane, I was always shocked by how humid and hot it really gets here. I did enjoy some of the warm weather, but being in school during the summer just doesn’t let you take full advantage of all the spare time summer usually offers for hanging out around a lake or a pool and having barbeques and bonfires with your friends.

It wasn’t all that bad though, and, like I said, it really flew by. That is something I am thankful for because that means I am just that much closer to becoming a doctor!

Cheers Eh!


First Exam of 3rd Trimester!

Even though we are already about a month into the trimester, we had our first exam. I always think it’s funny how for the first month there is nothing really going on at school, so you don’t really feel any pressure to study or be productive. And then all of a sudden in one week you have an exam in every class you have.

Being in 3rd trimester now, though, I have learned my lesson. I have fallen into a groove where I feel like I am ahead of the game. I kept on top of my studying so I am more ready for the bombardment of exams I have in the upcoming weeks than I would have been previously.  Also I have two weddings over the next two weekends, so I was forced to do some studying ahead of time–because I know I won’t be able to utilize the weekends I am gone to get as much studying done as I would if I was here at home all day.

The first test went well! It was in pathology and I really enjoyed how our professor (Dr. Roeker) did an overview of the notes on YouTube so I could sit at home and listen to him explaining things that maybe I missed in class. I found it really helpful to have a complete overview of all the material on the exam in a few hours instead of how it is in class over the weeks prior.

It makes me think about recording the lectures and listening to them at home that night or on the weekend and going over the notes with the lecture so I have them in front of me and the teachers explanations there to listen to as well.

Do you record lectures? I would love some feedback on it if you do!

Cheers, eh


The middle of the week!

Dr. Barber, my microbiology teacher likes to joke that Wednesdays are the only day of the week that she really gets our full attention and interest. She claims that Monday is no good because we are all just coming off the weekend and not really ready to be back in school. And then Tuesday is better, maybe at the same level of attention as Wednesday (which is a good day because we are all back in the groove of school and paying attention). And then Thursday is a big drop off again because we are all just looking forward to the weekend. Then Friday–if there is class–is pretty much a wash because nobody wants to be there.

I think for me it progresses throughout the week. Monday is great because I just had a break, so I’m feeling rested and ready to tackle a new week. And then Tuesday and Wednesday are fairly good. By Wednesday I’m losing focus a bit. Then Thursday is a struggle, and Friday is really tough. Especially if there were exams during the week, and you spent every spare minute you had cramming information into your brain. And that on top of staying up late and getting up early just takes a toll on your mind and body, which makes for a tough Friday.

I think Fridays would be easier for me if all my classes were in the morning and we were done with them all in a row and got out early in the day. Instead of my schedule now where I have class then a break and then class then a break. Each break seems to make it harder and harder to want to stay for the next class!

But looking back, we are already one month done with this trimester, so if the next one goes as fast as this one, we will be hallway done before I know it!

Good luck with the rest of the week everyone!!

And of course, cheers, eh!


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