Starting 4th tri and rugby!

As always, I feel like breaks are not long enough. But it was great to relax over the last one and not have to stress over homework or exams.

This break I was able to go home and see some friends and enjoy a lot of family time. It was nice to see everyone, and they all got to meet my new cat Kaya! I came back to Davenport in the middle of break so I could play in our final indoor soccer tournament. Unfortunately, it was a tough battle in the first match. and we weren’t able to continue on. It was fun to come back and play some soccer. though, and it was a really good, competitive game!

Our last weekend of break my parents, my sister and her boyfriend were able to travel down and visit me. We explored a lot around Davenport looking at the different houses along the river and had some delicious meals. One of our favorite restaurants that we visited was Trattoria Tiramisu. It is a cute Italian restaurant, and the meal could feed you for dinner and lunch the next day! It was great being able to show them the great areas around Davenport.

So I have officially started my 4th trimester here at Palmer! I was able to join the 1st trimester students on Monday at orientation due to being a Palmer Mentor. I was asked to join last trimester, so this was my first group of students to mentor. It is a great program where we join the Campus Guides during the tour and help along the way with questions or extra information. We connect with the students within our groups when school starts, and then after school, so that they can always come to us with questions, maybe study together or even hang out outside of school. It was a lot of fun to connect with my group and find out more about them! Many of them are from different states around the country and one was even from Canada. I can’t wait to get to know them more this trimester.

Classes went great the first week! Fourth trimester really is set towards preparing you towards your first NBCE exam. There is a review class that covers and reviews most of the material you have covered in your classes from your 1st to 3rd trimesters. Two of my favorite classes this trimester are toggle and physical diagnosis. These classes are more hands on and involve practicals with doctor/patient scenarios. In toggle we will learn more about the upper cervical vertebrae, and we will be able to officially adjust our first time at Palmer at the end of the trimester!

Also that week, we started our official outside rugby practices, and I can tell already this will be a good season for our team. We are starting off strong, and a lot of the new players already have great skill and this will definitely help with during our upcoming tournaments and games in the future. We were able to do a lot of ball handing with playing ultimate rugby and some drills. We even got some conditioning in, but I think the team did really well and showed great endurance. I really missed seeing all the girls and playing rugby!

(By the way, the women’s and men’s rugby teams are playing this weekend! Come down to Centennial Park on Saturday at 1 p.m.!)

 

Returning to the balancing act

The first thing I noticed when I got back from home was the progress done on our gym here on campus! It has been under remodel this past year and should be done this in the spring. When I came back, all the main foundation was done, and they were starting to create the walkway that will connect it to one of the main buildings on campus.

When I came back from break, it made me realize how much I missed being in Davenport. Even though I love being at home with family, I really enjoy going to school here and I’m getting closer to becoming a chiropractor.

The biggest challenge after our holiday break was getting back on schedule. Luckily we didn’t have too many exams or quizzes thrown at us right away, but we definitely needed to prepare for the next couple weeks since we are getting closer to the end of trimester. It is crazy to think that I will have completed a whole year here at Palmer in a little over a month! Even with our busy schedules, it’s extremely important to go to classes due to the extra credit and/or participation opportunities, but also the professors really help students understand the material in different ways.

One class in particular that I really appreciate is Systems Pathology. Every once in a while, the teacher changes up his ways of teaching during class instead of just continuously lecturing. Sometimes he has us read over the slides, and we divide into groups and teach each other. Other times he has had questions for us to review or go over the material we have just learned. That said, it is important to be organized with your schedule here at Palmer with your academic schedule but also our extracurricular activities you participate in.

During my free time these past weeks back, I have tried to prepare for the rugby season with regular exercise and my weekly soccer game. We have had a couple wins and a loss, but all in all, the games have been fun and have had a good amount of competition.

During this past week I was able to score my first hat trick (three goals)! But we also have had a couple injuries within our team, so we are adapting to the change on the field. Last week we had a rugby team meeting discussing the upcoming season and the preparation for it. We are starting to condition two mornings each week right on campus! It will make sure we are trained and conditioned for when we are able to hit the field outside and start practicing. At the meeting we discussed attending an additional tournament during our spring season on top of the games and tournament we have scheduled already. It will be fun to play against some different teams, and it will allow us to spend more time together as a team!

-Jennie

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That's me, having a snack and sporting the Palmer gear.

That’s me, having a snack and sporting the Palmer gear.

When I started my 3rd trimester here at Palmer, I was told by many students that it would feel like a longer one due to the holiday breaks, and, boy, were they right! Within the first month, it feels like this semester is going by slowly. But I can’t complain about the holidays, because it is my favorite time of the year!

Here on the Davenport campus they offered a free Thanksgiving meal for students and their families. It sounded like it would be a delicious meal with students and friends, but I’m from Madison, Wis., and it only takes a couple hours to travel home for the holidays. I decided it would be best to drive home and enjoy some food with my family and spend some time with them since I probably won’t be able to travel home till Christmas break.

It is also nice to have a break from school work for a couple days, since we had three exams during the three-day week. It took a toll on me with all the studying! But with the preparation studying I did over the past weekend and the free time out of classes, I think they went really good for the first exams of the trimester.

Classes this trimester are a little different from 2nd trimester since we don’t have any anatomy labs anymore. I personally liked the labs because it allowed to me see information in lecture in a hands-on perspective. I’m definitely a visual learner, but a lot of the classes this trimester use diagrams and sketches to show pathways, systems and more to help assist students in understanding class material.

This trimester I feel like I’m able to get more hands-on experience with the chiropractic field itself. One of our classes this trimester is subluxation analysis and it is at 7:30 in the morning, three times a week. At first I thought this was going to be too early, but I realized I actually LOVE having it be my first class of the day. We are able to interact more and it actually wakes me up for the rest of the day. Within the first weeks we were able to work with other students in doctor-patient scenarios, and we have already been testing on posture analysis! I’m really excited to see what this class in particular has in store for the rest of the trimester.

In addition to classes at Palmer, I signed up for a couple more classes provided by the Troxell Intern Program. They are every Sunday, and they are located only 20 minutes away from campus! I’m taking two classes: X-ray and extremities. I thought this would help me get more experience with technique, and I’m able to learn about X-rays and how to identify markings and more.

I’m excited to learn more and get more hands-on experience with the classes I’m taking off campus and the ones here at Palmer! Stay tuned for updates!

-Jennie