First rugby practice back!

Palmer rugby

Palmer rugby

(written 7/16) Last night we had our first rugby practice of the trimester, and it’s so amazing to see a bunch of new girls come out to practice that might be interested in joining the team! It’s so fun to have fresh faces and get to know a few new girls and go over the basics of rugby, which never seem to get old!

One thing our coach always talks about is doing the little things right, and how if we can master the basics of ball handling and communication, we will be unstoppable. I like how he puts emphasis into the basics and makes what is complicated in the game seem simple. Many of the new girls out to practice or anyone who has never seen the game before but not played may completely disagree that rugby could ever be a simple game. It is very different from just about any other sport I have played with some weird rules that take a little getting used to. But overall, the game is about team-work, support and ball handling. And if you have those things down, you will always be able to get better!

The weather was nice for our first practice, and as we broke down the game and its general rules, it was nice to spend the night outside! We worked on some passing and 2 on 1’s and then an introduction to tackling (how to fall and tackling position) and then did a short game of touch rugby to get everyone back into the flow of the game and let the new girls see how it works. All the rain has made the ground a little softer and the grass a little thicker, which helped a little too!

Our new schedule came out and it looks like we start up right away with a 7’s tournament on Aug. 2!

I hope to see you all out at some games this trimester!

Cheers, eh!


Rosetta Stone and the long-distance relationship

I just signed up for Rosetta Stone! At Palmer they offer the program for free, but only 25 students can sign up per trimester for a chance to work on learning a new language. I am really excited to get started with this program because my fiancé is playing hockey over in Germany, and we have been talking more and more about the idea of me practicing there for a few years after I graduate! I would absolutely love to live in Europe and get to travel around a little bit and take on the challenge of opening a practice in such a different place!

I don’t know much about Europe or the lifestyle they live in Germany, or if chiropractic is even a thing over there, but I am definitely excited to look more into it and see if there is a future for me over there!

Also, when I go over to visit Brance (my fiancé) in Germany over Christmas, at least I might be able to follow along or catch on to a few things they are saying. Maybe it will even help improve my German language skills! Brance’s contract entitles me to one paid trip to visit him during the next season, which he didn’t have last season.

Being able to visit him this year at Christmas will hopefully make the distance thing a little bit easier, because I will get to see him halfway through the time he is gone and see some of the things he does and meet the people he hangs out with. It is so much harder to communicate about things you have done or tell stories about people you hang out with when your significant other has never seen or met any of those people. The stories are told but the names and things of places don’t stick because you have no image in your mind to refer to when you hear about them.

Wish me luck and cheers, eh!


One week in the books

(written 7/11 – we’re still catching up on posts!)

Well that does it for the 1st week of 3rd trimester!

I am already enjoying this trimester a lot with some new classes that have some interesting material! I love pathology and microbiology and immunology and learning about how we get sick or injured or infected and then how our bodies are capable of fighting it off and healing.

I think now that I have been in the program for 2 trimesters maybe it is seeming a bit more relaxed because I am starting to get the hang of things. Most of the professors I have this trimester I have had a class with before, and I have a pretty good idea of their style of teaching and what their exams are going to look like, so I feel like I am doing a better job of focusing in on what they are saying and what they emphasize that might be on an exam.

I also feel like I have personally improved my skills. Nunchuck skills, bo hunting skills, computer hacking skills … No, I’m just kidding! I feel like I have learned better how to stay focused in class ,and I have learned what type of studying works for me and just improving my ability to absorb large amount of information and stuff it into every little sulcus and gyri I have. It helps that a lot of our classes are build on top of classes we have already had, so there is some review as well as expanding on things we already know about and making more sense of them or tying them in to other things!

Maybe it has to do with the good weather and the fact I can study outdoors, and getting up in the morning isn’t that hard because the sun has usually beat me up even at 6 a.m.! And staying up later isn’t so bad either because the sun stays up later, so it doesn’t feel like 1 a.m. at 7. The days seem like there are a few more hours, which I could always use!

Have a great day, everyone!

Cheers, eh!


HyVee Meeting (for Homecoming!)

(written 7/10) Last night I went to meet with the catering manager at the Bettendorf HyVee. Now that I have taken the position as 2nd vice president on the executive council for Student Council, I have been put in charge of planning the Homecoming Courtyard Party! So one of the first things to get in order is to pick out the food.

We have decided on an “Around the World” theme for this year’s party. This will be the 100th anniversary for Homecoming, and so we wanted to create a special theme that would allow us to not only honor the Palmers but also all the alumni and current staff and students at Palmer. B.J. and Mabel loved to travel and made 2 big trips “around the world,” traveling for an entire year mainly by boat, and Palmer has alumni working all over the world and students who come from all over the world, so we thought this would be an appropriate theme.

The food will be tricky to stick to a budget and have options from many different parts of the world, but the catering manager at HyVee was more than excited to play around with all the options, and it has me excited to see what we can tie together to bring everyone some culture through food!

Homecoming is Aug. 6-9 this year (counting the Courtyard Party on Wednesday night). There will be a talent show as well as great food, fun activities and all the socializing you can handle!

I hope to see everyone out at the Courtyard Party this year! It’s going to be a blast!

Cheers, eh!


New roommate

Canadian flag

Canadian flag

So a new trimester has brought me a new roommate! At first this was daunting to me, you know having to plan to live with a new person that you don’t know at all and wondering if your personalities will mesh and if you will get along. But as soon as I met her, I knew things would be just fine!

My new roommate is just starting out here at Palmer, which will benefit us both, I think. She will get plenty of hand me downs and help at home with schoolwork as well as all the inside information and tips and tricks on how to survive our hectic lifestyle (or at least a guide as to how I am managing). And for me the benefit is having someone who is fresh and new to the program who is excited and motivated, which helps get me excited and reminds me of why I first started here as well. It will also help introduce me to a new crowd and make some friends in a different trimester than my own!

Also in our house (there are three of us) we had a 2 -1 Canadian to American ratio, so I am pretty excited to say we can keep up the majority votes in the house going to my home country because the new roomy is also Canadian!

People are continually moving in and out of our lives here at Palmer, whether it be roommates, classmates, professors or just friends. But this is usually due to the success and progression of everyone through the program and moving on to become a doctor! So although we may only get to know people for a short time, we are making a connections that may last a lifetime as colleagues in our amazing profession!

To all the new friends who I have just met and to those I know and are already moving into the real world, it’s been a pleasure and I can’t wait to work alongside you (near or far) as a chiropractor in the future!

Cheers, eh


Getting organized

Smarties candy

Smarties candy

(written 7/8 over summer break) After a little break from school and schedules, I feel a little frazzled getting back into this busy life we have a palmer. Today for me was spent catching up on things, getting organized and prepared for the upcoming trimester.  I spent a lot of time doing chores around the house, mowing the lawn and cleaning up the weeds, laundry and unpacking and putting things away that I accumulated from my summer break.

Because I live so far away (in southern Alberta, about 30 hours driving) I only get home every once and a while, and I usually fly so I can’t bring that many things with me, and if I forget anything, my parents either have to send it to me or I have to wait until the next time I get home. So this means I collected a lot of things that I wanted to bring from home so I wouldn’t have to spend money on them down here … or bringing things from home that I can’t find or get down here – like Smarties (the chocolate variety) and all dressed chips (YUM)!

Dressed chips

Dressed chips

Once the house was put back together and all my things were away, it was time to focus on school and putting all my exams up on my calendar and printing out notes so I will be ready for classes and cleaning off my computer from last trimester. I didn’t get everything done, but because the first week doesn’t have too much studying yet. I have a lot of time after school this week to keep getting organized.

It’s nice to have a routine to follow that helps keep you productive, and I already feel more accomplished and energized than I have all break. It seems like once you start sleeping longer and laying around all day you just get lazy and even more tired, doing any kind of work becomes so much harder than when you are used to just dong it all the time!

Here to a new trimester! Cheers, eh!


Orientation day

(written July 7 – we’re working on getting blog posts caught up!)

So once again it is orientation day where we get to welcome a new class to join our Palmer family! Although it would have been nice to have one more day of vacation to get prepared for school, I am lucky to be involved with Campus Guides and Student Council and get the opportunity to welcome the new class and calm their nerves about starting the program.

Today I am up early for breakfast and to welcome the new students and bring them to orientation. I also get to offer them some words of wisdom that I wish I would have heard about on my first day.

I’d like to share two pieces of advice with new students:

First is to not limit yourself. Some people come to Palmer having been around chiropractic all their lives, and some come here not knowing all that much about it. Either way, I think students should leave themselves open to trying new things and taking all opportunities they can instead of closing themselves off to new ways of thinking or doing things.

Second, I’d like to remind them to use their resources. Palmer offers so many things to help students become the best doctors they can be. We have a great library with a very extensive collection that offers so much information for learning. We have a great gym that is ever adapting to students’ needs to allow them to distress. We have a program to help students who are struggling and clubs to help them learn more.

Even though these are only general pieces of advice and there are so many other great things about Palmer and this path we are all on, I think this is a great starting point … to keep an open mind and get involved!

Once breakfast and orientation is finished, I will help take students around the school and show them where their classes are and other important rooms where they might need to visit in their first few weeks here.

I love being able to help the new students. It is so exciting to be around them and their excited and anticipatory attitudes. It really reminds me of when and why I started and lights a new fire of wonder and excitement as I become closer to becoming a doctor!

Welcome to the new students and welcome back to returning staff and students.

Cheers, eh


1st Trimester Social and Rugby Fundraiser

So June 14 was the first trimester social. This event was one of my favorite events from first trimester. I really felt like it helped me break the ice with students in my class and actually have a chance to talk and get to know them. There isn’t a lot of time in class to get to know someone and the 5 minute break isn’t that great either, so having a few hours dedicated to getting to know each other better over some snacks was great!

I feel lucky to be able to attend this event still as a 3rd trimester student in Student Council/Campus Guides to get to help them break the ice with each other and also just socialize with them myself! As I was talking to a few of the students, they pointed out my strong Canadian accent and were mocking me for the way I say some things, haha. To he honest I didn’t even think I had that big of a Canadian accent, but maybe having just been at home over the break surrounded by my “kin” my accent was heightened.

This year at the social, my rugby team set up a fundraiser to resell used lab coats, glasses and probes to the 1st trimester students at a discounted rate. I spent the majority of my weekend washing and bleaching all the used lab coats and everything so they would be at least clean and somewhat stink free for their new owners. Then we had a table set up where new students could buy the coats if they wanted to! This will be a great way to help us raise money for socials, travel and team equipment for the upcoming season! We only sold a few coats but we hope to improve the fundraiser and get it done earlier for the new students next trimester and have a table set up during orientation or the first week of school.

I think one of my favorite things about the social hour is just getting to answer questions and give advice on how to tackle the Palmer lifestyle. I remember being so nervous for my first quiz and nervous I wouldn’t be able to handle the workload or the stress, and talking with people who had been through it seemed to help ease my nerves. So I hope I can help do the same for them as well!

Cheers, eh





(written 6/6/14) So today marks the first day of finals for this trimester, and we all know what that means! Free GOODY BAGS! For those of you that don’t know, each trimester at the start of finals week, Student Services puts together goody bags for the students. They are first come first served, so you have to get there early if you want to snag one! This year it wasn’t hard for me to get one since I had a final at 7:30 in the morning to kick off finals week.

They divided the goody bags up into dark chocolate and milk chocolate piles so people could have their choice. In my goody bag was pretzels, peanuts, a Dove dark chocolate bar, Laffy Taffy, Twizzlers and a granola bar. And then on the side of that they were providing fruit, like apples and bananas, so I grabbed an apple as well. This bag will keep me going through a long study day in the group study room preparing for my 6 upcoming finals next week.

The two finals I had today were Philosophy and Biochemistry. I pretty much have 2 finals per day all next week, one is usually in the morning and then there is another one later in the afternoon. Finals week can be a little overwhelming because you have so many exams in such a short period of time. You really have to organize and prioritize your study time to make sure you have time to review for all your exams and don’t focus to heavily on one class and completely neglect another.

Good luck with finals everyone!



Study Day

Classes for the trimester are finally over. There’s no more new material to learn, and I don’t have to get up early to commit to being in class. I can spend the day putting emphasis on the subjects I feel I need the most work on, and I can get up and make a coffee anytime I want … and stay in my pajamas!

Every trimester before finals start, the school is gracious enough to give us ONE day to have to study and prepare ourselves for the bombardment of finals we are about to endure. It never seems like enough time. I always feel like I am scrambling to shove last minute details into the far reaches of my brain, but somehow I make it through and all the stress and pressure, and that makes the break all that much more enjoyable.

Of course, usually (as Dr. Bhogal would be proud to hear me report), all that stress and grab-and-go food and lack of sleep during finals only suppressed my immune system, and as soon as I get on break I will almost definitely get sick when it starts kicking back in.

I hope you are all enjoyed your study day, whether you used it for its intended purpose or took some time to distress and relax. Either way, the time was much needed and I am very thankful for it!

Good luck on finals everyone!



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