Crockpot freezer meals make student life easier :)

Photo from SixSistersStuff.com

Photo from SixSistersStuff.com

I wanted to share with you all something I tried out recently. I got the idea from a friend, and it’s quite brilliant. They’re pre-prepared crockpot freezer meals. This is perfect for everyone, but especially students like us who are in school literally all day and are just exhausted. Once we get home, cooking is the last thing we want to do.

The website I used had a printable grocery list with everything you would need to make eight crock pot meals separated into the category in which department you would find the ingrediants. All of the meals looked delicious, so my fiance and I decided to make all eight, and it only took a little over an hour. We split each recipe up so we each could have one bag of each meal, and it was more than enough for the both of us.

Today I made the first of the lot, it was beef stew one of my favorites. I thawed it out in the refriderator last night and this morning threw it in the crockpot until I would get home tonight to eat it. I didn’t realize how nice it is getting home from a long day at school with dinner already ready to eat right when I walk in the door. This could quite possibly be one of the best ideas I was ever given.

I suggest everyone try it you can find recipes online, Pinterest or try out the ones I made at SixSistersStuff.com. Another great thing, Now I don’t have to worry about what to pack for lunch tomorrow, because I plan on packing my left overs! You can also free up that time you normally would have spent cooking and use it for some extra studying time … or not.  😉

-Allisha

It’s National Library Week!

(written Tuesday) It’s Tuesday! Which is suppose to mean that it’s Spine and Go Seek Tuesday, but I left the apartment in a hurry today and completely forgot it was Tuesday … thus forgetting the squishy spine to hide!

Once I got to school and realized I had forgotten it, I was completely bummed. It’s National Library Week, though, so the Library has a lot of things going on. (Check out their Facebook page for details.) So hopefully people were too distracted by that to miss our squishy spine scavenger hunt.

Next Tuesday we will be back at it again! It will give me extra time to think of a good place to hide it! It was suppose to be getting nicer, so outside options were going to be available until it started to snow again yesterday. Maybe someday spring will show up here in the Midwest!

Tuesday also means Zumba day! If you haven’t come to check it out yet, I highly reccommend it. We always have so much fun!

I didn’t get a chance to check out the Libraries activities yet this week, but I think they are doing various trivia (prizes for just participating! so head over that way), I believe there is a drawing for a bigger prize for those that submit the right anwers to their trivia questions, and one day I read they’re looking for students to take selfies with their favorite resource tool. I study down in the second floor Library sometimes, and they have really cool cherry blossom decorations made out of book pages all over the library it looks great. They also have pictures with a little information about all Library staff on the front window, so head down there and check that out and thank those wonderful ladies for all they do for us!

-Allisha

Study or learn about vaccinations?

Last Friday I was going to go to Animal Chiropractic Club but realized I had a quiz and decided I should probably study for that. Then someone told me Dr. Michelle Barber was speaking on vaccines for Pediatrics Club, so I was conflicted and decided to go listen to Dr. Barber.

She’s one of the professors on campus and teaches microbiology, public health and toxicology. She’s a wonderful speaker and always has really great information and great things to say. Every time I’ve heard her speak somewhere I’ve learned something new and always take away something really valuable. There was a really great turn-out for her discussion, which will be in two parts. The second part is Friday at the 9:20 club hour.

Vaccination is always a touchy subject among our profession, and all I want to say is make sure to gather as much information and learn as much as you can to back whatever your stance is on the subject. There’s always stuff to learn on any topic, and this tends to be one that people have very strong opinions about. It’s just important that you have good research and good knowledge to back your point of view.

But that’s beside the point. What is really awesome is that we have such supporting faculty that even in their spare hours they are still willing to come and teach us about things they have researched. What’s even more amazing is the amount of people who are on a break are still so eager to learn that they sit through more lectures, gathering more information to make them the best doctors they can be.

It’s just really cool to be somewhere where the faculty genuinely cares about the students enough to give up their free time for the students. Dr. Barber is also shaving her head to raise money for children with cancer, which is really cool. Palmer is full of remarkable people, and I couldn’t be more proud of where I am.

-Allisha

Feeling a bit lazy but ready to study

Spine ... with cheesecake

Spine … with cheesecake

The second Spine and Go Seek was a success! I had it with me at the Sigma Phi Chi bake sale next to the cheesecake I made last night. The girl that found it just picked it up becasue she thought it was cute, read the sign and was really confused as to what to do next, so it took some prompting for me to get her to take it down to the Marketing Department. She was pretty excited and loved her goody bag.

It’s Zumba night, but I’m having a lazy day and I think I will skip. The girl that teaches Zumba is starting to do a step aerobics class on Thursdays, so I think I will start going to that.

Next week is starting to get busy. I think we have about 6 exams next week. This week will be a lot of preparing for next week.

Let the studying begin!

– Allisha

X-rays of wands

X-ray of my Harry Potter wand!

X-ray of my Harry Potter wand!

Today was my first radiology lab where we got to learn about the X-ray machines then take an X-ray and develop it. So we went through the lab and played around with moving the equipment around to get a feel for how to work all the buttons and the placement. Then we went into the dark room, used for developing films. What is really neat about the dark room is, well, it has to be extremely dark. There is only one red light on the ceiling because the films can’t be exposed to light until they are completely developed. What is neat is that when you go to open the drawer to put out the films it shuts off the lights so you don’t expose the films in storage and ruin all of the films.

So the TA left us to get a film prepared in the pitch black room where we literally couldn’t see anything. Luckily we succeeded in our task and make it out without anyone getting lost or injured. Then we got to actually take the X-ray. We were able to use whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t any part of a person. Well, my friend Jenna and I planned ahead and brought our electronic Harry Potter wands with us so we could X-ray them! Jenna’s is one that has sound effects and mine is a remote control for my TV.

We took the X-ray and had to go back into the dark room to develop it. This time I did get lost and almost ran into the opposite wall before I was grabbed and pulled the right way. We got the filmed developed and it looked so awesome! We took it to the library and cut it in half so we each got the picture of our own wands. We plan on framing them!

 

 

Finals are here … and inspiration on a tea bag

Who knew you could get inspired by a cup of tea?

Who knew you could get inspired by a cup of tea?

Today is the last day of regular classes! Finals start on Friday. So these last couple of days we are just finishing up notes and practicals.

There hasn’t been much going on this week besides a lot of studying. We don’t have classes Thursday, so we can have one day before finals to study, which is really nice. Friday we get free goody bags filled with candy, snacks and fruit to get us through our exams. I love goody bag day.

On Monday, Student Services is giving us breakfast for dinner–two of my favorite things! Like I said, things are just winding down right now. I don’t have much to report. I will hopefully get a chance to adjust my cervicals partner today then I will have something more to talk about. Until then I will leave you with quote that came on my tea bag this morning:

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Follow your dreams and only surround yourself with people that support you in your successes.

-Allisha

Brrrrr … but in a good way! Kinda.

(Note: This post was actually written Thursday, Jan. 23)

Yay! Another too cool for school day! By cool I mean freezing cold (way below zero without factoring in the windchill), not I’m too cool for school and I skipped. Skipping is not good; don’t do it unless absolutely necessary. Luckily, with this freezing weather, the exam, practical and quiz that I had scheduled for today were moved until Monday. Which means I get to use this “snow” day to actually just relax and browse notes at my own leisure! It is 2:03 in the afternoon, and I have not left the comfort of my own bed. It’s too cold, and there’s no better place.

Get to know this guy really well--especially his spine!

Get to know this guy really well–especially his spine!

From my understanding, the second trimester kids got a treat today and had their Spinal Anatomy exam moved. You will hear lots of things about Spinal Anatomy. All I will say is I genuinely enjoyed the class. When I took the class, it was also in the fall trimester and we had an exam the Thursday before one of the breaks. We had the worst blizzard of the year that day, so our exam was pushed back to after break–which also meant having to study spinal over the break. Now most people would be excited for more study time, like in the case of my physical diagnosis exam for Monday. Not when it comes to spinal anatomy, though, after you have already prepared and prepared (and hopefully you have) and you’re just ready to take the exam and be done with it. So I was super disappointed when I had to continue to study and come back and take it. Either way, the experience was non-traumatic, and I obviously made it out okay because in just about a month I will be halfway done with the D.C. curriculum, I still love the profession, I still love this school and I still love what I do everyday.

Once you get  here, you’re going to hear a lot of things and get a lot of advice from other students. My advice on this is be choosy about what you believe. Everyone has their own levels of difficulty. If someone tells you a class is super easy and not to bother studying until a couple days before, take it with a grain of salt and find out for yourself. Never wait until a couple days before to prepare for any exam. Your idea of easy is not the same as someone else’s. You both don’t have the same background or learning style, so what comes easy to them may not come easy to you. When you choose to believe those things, then end up not preparing like you should and not doing as well as you like, then you start to get bummed out because that class was suppose to be easy! Don’t let those things get to you; everyone has a different class that they struggle with.

On the other end, there will be classes that people say are incredibly hard. Spinal II will no doubt be on that list. Those words of advice may freak you out and make you nervous, but just study hard and find out for yourself.

All in all, just try to enjoy your time here. It’s going to be challenging and it’s going to be tough, but it’s also going to be amazing. You’re going to have so many incredible opportunities and meet some fascinating people and make some of the best friends you’ll ever have. Embrace yourself and embrace chiropractic.

-Allisha

Day off? No thanks!

Cervical X-rayWe had yesterday off due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but that doesn’t mean it was spent sitting on the couch watching TV and playing on the Internet–at least not for the most part.

My friends and I got together to practice some cervical set-ups and prepare for our practicals this week. We have offically learned all of the set-ups we will learn for cervical adjusting, and we are being tested over them this week to get ready for our clinical basic testing, in which we will do full work-ups on our classmates and hopefully get to adjust their cervical subluxations.

Sometimes there is no better help than your peers. There were six of us that got together. Two people doing the set-ups, two patients and two people asking possible questions we could get during the practical. This is my favorite way to study. You get advice from students that have been learning the same things you are and that have had the same complications with the set-ups, and they’re able to tell you what works better for them or critque you on what you can do to make your set-up better for your patients.

And, of course, getting together with a group of friends is always a good time.

-Allisha