End of 6th tri and fun during break

The end of the trimester was filled with finals, practicals and a little bit of fun! We had a few practicals in our classes like thoracolumbar, pelvic, active care and more. In the technique classes we were tested on all the set-ups for listings that we learned over the trimester, and in active care they tested us on different stretches, exercises and more for working on the different muscle areas of the body. I really enjoy practicals because it makes me feel more comfortable on what I know and might show me different things I should work more on or focus on. Our finals week was pretty packed with exams, but we had two exams maximum on each day and Palmer always has a study day before finals start. This helps a lot for students to prepare for each exam but the week is still pretty busy and exhausting. Luckily at the end of the week we have a celebration for the graduating students in Women’s Palmer Rugby.

Student blogger Jennie with graduating women's rugby team members.

Me on the right with two graduating Women’s Rugby Team members in the center.

This celebration includes food, drinks, music and gifts at a local restaurant or bar downtown. This trimester we had three ladies who were either graduating, precepting or heading to a VA facility for a student rotation. It was so much fun to celebrate and reminisce on the good memories we have had with these players. Each one has had a huge impact on our team throughout the years and we are going to miss them so much. This night was a perfect way to end the finals week. Unfortunately I had one more final the next morning so I had to finish up at 7:30 a.m. and then I headed out back to Wisconsin. For break my family and I planned a trip to the Dominican Republic so we could all enjoy some time together and relax.

On Friday we drove down to Chicago since we flew out of O’Hare in the early morning. The flight was pretty long but we eventually got to our resort at the end of the night and boy were we hungry. We decided to put our stuff in our rooms and head down to the buffet so we could get some food in our stomachs! The food was delicious there and since it was all-inclusive, it was nice not having to pay for each meal.

We spent the first day just relaxing on the beach, soaking up some sun and walking down some paths to see the beach and other resorts. We took a few excursions to explore the area and have some fun. The first one we did was dune buggying around the area and a little bit of swimming at a waterfall. It was so much fun driving and we got so wet and muddy since there was a huge rainstorm the night before. We were so soaked afterwards that we had to take showers to wash all the mud out.

Student blogger Jennie on dune buggy.

Dune buggy fun!

Afterwards we took a little swim and enjoyed some sun at a little waterfall area at the location. The next excursion we took was to a cocoa, coffee and cigar plantation where we saw how these items are made and processed. I’m a big coffee drinker so I found this very interesting and I stocked up on some coffee they sold at the plantation location. The last trip we went on was a speed boat, snuba and snorkeling adventure on the Atlantic Ocean. I have never gone snubaing so I found it to be so cool and fun to swim with the fish and feed them. We were able to swim around on the ocean floor with our family and our guide showed us some sponges and coral reef areas. I had to get used to my ears popping but after a minute I felt comfortable swimming around. It was so much fun and it was a perfect way to end the trip.

Student blogger Jennie with family on boat on Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic Ocean adventure!

Saturday morning was our last time to enjoy the beach and some food before we had to head out. It was a long trip home again and we didn’t get back until about 2 a.m. Sunday morning. I was able to pack up and travel back to Davenport by Sunday afternoon to prepare for the start of 7th trimester!

Holiday break with family and looking forward to clinic experience!

With a busy winter schedule, it was nice to have a little holiday break with my family! We were able to celebrate Christmas with my whole extended family, except one of my cousins, at my grandparent’s house on Christmas Eve. This was the most family members we’ve gathered in a long time, so it was nice to see everyone and enjoy some dinner and celebration together.

Student blogger Jennie's extended family Christmas gathering.

Our extended family Christmas gathering.

One of my favorite Christmas events is our white elephant exchange. Everyone brings a random gift that is usually funny or enjoyable. We all choose numbers out of a hat and go in order of choosing a gift out of the circle. You’re able to steal gifts from those who have opened a gift before you. This year there was a range of gifts like beer, car mats, army helmet, wine opener set, a weird stuffed bird and more. It’s so funny to see what people put in as gifts and what people end up getting. On Christmas Day I enjoyed a relaxing morning with my siblings and parents. We opened Christmas presents and had a delicious breakfast. It was nice to enjoy this time with family and take a break from school!

Photo of student blogger Jennie's family,missing one brother.

Family photo, missing one brother.

During this past winter break I also was able to get some hours in at work back at home. I covered a few shifts at the salon for some of the front desk receptionists. I even snuck in a few hours to study during work for a few exams we had the week coming back from break. I always enjoy coming back to work because everyone is so nice and friendly there and the extra cash is nice for extra activities I want to do here and there!

It was nice to come back to Davenport after a long winter break. We had a few exams a couple weeks in, but I was happy I prepared a little over break for them on my down time. January also is my birthday month, so my undergrad friends and I planned a trip back to our old campus to celebrate my birthday and another friend’s birthday. We were able to reserve a party bus, hotel rooms and dinner together. At the end of the night we spent the rest of the night downtown reminiscing on our old college memories. It was so fun catching up with everyone and seeing La Crosse again!

Student blogger Jennie and friends in front of party bus.

The birthday party bus group!

I had some catching up to do with school after that long weekend since we had a few exams that week. Some of the exams and practicals ended up being on the same day, but the professors were willing to change the date of one or two of them, so we didn’t have too many occur the same day. I really enjoyed having more technique classes with hands-on experience. We were able to look more into subluxations in the pelvic and thoracolumbar regions and learned how to properly correct them. Next trimester we are heading into the clinic where we will be adjusting students here at Palmer under a staff doctor. I’m extremely excited to put this knowledge into practice and be able to help my fellow students!

A student’s life: Exams, rugby and a wedding

Jennie stands on the right side next to her friend at the outdoor wedding in Milwaukee.

My friend and I at the wedding.

It was a hard week studying for NMS week and our other exam and practical when I knew I had my friend’s wedding coming up in just a few days. But I focused at night and studied on campus while also working with a couple of friends to practice the tests for NMS and also the set-ups for our cervical practical. Luckily,  though, I spend enough time on each subject to do well on each practical and exam I had that week.

When Thursday afternoon came, I was ready to head home and get a little family time in before my wedding travels! I was able to have some dinner with my mom and one of my brothers. The next day my friend met me at my house, and we traveled together to Milwaukee for the church walk-through and the rehearsal dinner. It went well and, with the traveling and setting up the decorations, I was so excited for dinner!

The next day we had fabulous weather for the wedding. The ceremony went perfectly from start to finish, and we were able to get pictures outside by the church. Then we went to a park to finish up the rest of the photos. While we were there, there was another celebration going on, so we went further into the park to get some pictures where it was more quiet. The rest of the night was fun with food, drinks and dancing with friends and family of the bride. I was so happy to be able to stand next to her on this special day and have some fun with my friends for the weekend.

Of course, there were exams coming up the next week, though, so I traveled back early Sunday to get some studying done. We had our diagnostic imaging exam, cervical midterm and our cardiovascular physical diagnosis quiz and practical that week. For our diagnosis imaging class we are provided with a PASS instructor, and we meet about once a week to go over class material. The instructor is a student who has previously taken the class and provides us with notes, reviews and assistance for questions we may have. Unfortunately, I was unable to go to the review for the exam so I spent a little extra time reviewing by myself Sunday night. The week went good with exams, and we also had our first rugby conditioning morning!

Our team added in a conditioning practice every Monday morning at our new gym (the Bittner Center) to get some good exercise in on top of our regular practices each week. This was the first time I went into our new gym and boy is it amazing! It has so much more useable room where there are extra workout rooms, lifting areas and room for ellipticals and treadmills. My favorite part is the track running around the second floor since I will be using it a lot! I just signed up for the Moline Hungry Turkey 10K on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I love participating in races, and I haven’t done one in a while so this run is long overdue! Hopefully with rugby and exercising regularly, I will be prepared to run this 10K in November.

Jennie

The life of a Palmer student: National Boards, rugby and travel time

Jennie's parents sitting at a table in a restaurant.

My parents when they visited Davenport.

It has been a hectic couple of weeks here in Davenport for me with board exams, classes, school exams and rugby all occurring daily. The week before National Boards was stressful since I spent every night on campus in a study room looking over the material for each subject. There are a total of six subjects being tested on one day. The subjects are spinal anatomy, general anatomy, chemistry, microbiology, physiology and pathology. When the day came, I made sure my locker was packed with lots of snacks and a little bit of study material in case I wanted to look over a few things before each exam. When the day came, I was a bit nervous to say the least! Everyone says it’s really difficult and you feel like you don’t know half the answers. I didn’t get much sleep the night before since I studied a little bit, watched a movie and I was, in general, nervous. So it took a little time to fall asleep. I woke up early and relaxed a little before the first exam. After the first few exams, I felt a little drained, but I was expecting it to be worse. By the end of the day, after I completed all the exams, I was pretty exhausted. I just wanted to relax, but we had a rugby game for the women’s team up in Minneapolis the next morning at 7 a.m.

My parents came down to Davenport after my National Boards exam to help me travel to Minneapolis that night and make it to Minnesota for the game. It was the first game of the season. My parents got to watch, and they were really excited to see me and watch me play. I tried to nap as much as possible on the way up Friday night, but I’m not very good at sleeping in cars, so when we arrived I went to bed right away!

Saturday morning, we got ready to leave the hotel, and I got my game face on and prepared for some rugby. With our team using a new strategy and set up on the field, we took this game to test it out and work out any issues. Since we changed our set up it was a little messy, but we still came out of the first half with a few tries. During the second half we cleaned it up a little bit but had a few injuries as we came down to the last few minutes. In the end, we came out with a win with a score of 40 to 15, and it really was a great game where we worked out our new strategy and practiced our communication, defense and more.

After the game, my parents and I headed out to a local pub for some quick food and then got on the road since it was quite a bit of a drive. We got home in time to enjoy some dinner and drinks at a local restaurant, Me & Billy, which is one of my parents’ favorite restaurants in Davenport. The next morning, they unfortunately had to head home since they were traveling to see my sister in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for the day. I was so thankful for them to help me out that weekend since it was one of the busiest weekends I have had so far. But the next week was “NMS Week” which is also a busy week for students so that Sunday I had a lot of studying to do.

“NMS Week” is a busy week since it includes a practical, an online simulation exam, and also an online written exam in addition to other exams or work we have in our other classes. This class teaches students about different exams and tests that we will perform on patients to determine what may be causing their abnormal symptoms. That week we also had a Geriatrics midterm and a cervical practical at the end of the week. I also have the privilege of attending one of my best friend’s wedding this upcoming weekend in Milwaukee, but I will have to leave Thursday night after practice to make sure I get to the church run-through and rehearsal dinner on time. I’m really excited to spend the day celebrating her next step in her life with her fiancé!

Jennie

Home from break

(This post is from the end of last trimester.  -the editor)

My friend Cassie and I. She graduated!

My friend Cassie and I. She graduated!

Boy, does it feel good to be home! This week was not only busy with finals but also with rugby and car problems. YIKES!  Luckily my finals were spread out enough where I either had one or two finals each day. I had a couple late nights but I did prepare beforehand so I didn’t have to worry too much during the week. Fourth trimester had finals till Thursday, but some of us didn’t have to take the final for the class that was on Thursday, so a lot of us got done on Wednesday. If you already had all the points for the class then it wasn’t necessary to take the final. It was a long week with a lot of studying, but every Wednesday during finals week we celebrate our graduating rugby players.

We usually have cake, food, drinks and presents for them while we talk about the good times we have had this past season together and the graduating players individual achievements. It is sad to see them go, but we know our players are going to do great with their careers in chiropractic. The team also presents new players with their backpacks and warm-ups. It is a “welcome” gift from the team and the new players are able to use them from then on. It was fun to relax, have some good laughs, and enjoy ourselves for the night especially as we all had finished a lot of exams in a small amount of time.

The next day I planned to head home for our three-week break to see my family and friends but it didn’t go so well…unfortunately when I was almost out of Davenport my car overheated and I needed to get it checked out by an auto shop. They found a couple things that needed to be fixed so I stayed back here for another day. The weather was so nice though so I decided to relax outside, walk to the park and see some friends while I had the time. When Friday came along I was able to pick up my car and drive home. Kaya, my cat, was pretty happy to see my family and they were indeed happy to see her too!

Now being home for the break, I plan on enjoying a lot of family time but I also will be studying for part 1 of NBCE, for the bulk of boards. There are six exams in one day that cover the majority of the classes from the first four trimesters. It is a long day and the questions can range from a variety of topics, but Palmer prepares you really well for it and a really high percentage of students here pass all the exams the first time. I’m hoping to study and prepare sufficiently these next couple weeks so I feel ready for the exams. But I will also be leaving for my road trip in a week! It will be a lot of fun and we have most of the travel details planned out. It will be exciting to explore new cities and locations around the United States with my friend. Come back soon to hear details about my trip!

My first adjustment, rugby and a wedding

The new term (or tri)  just started this week, but I’m going to tell you about the end of last tri.

The week before finals is always a little stressful with exams, practicals and preparation for our finals before the break. I started off the week by adjusting my friend in our toggle class! We did our scans, X-rays and palpation findings, which led us to find a pattern and a listing for each other. I was extremely nervous since it was my first adjustment but our professors had us practice ahead of time and helped us through the whole adjustment.

Jennie hold a small Palmer Crest pin she received or completing her first adjustment

My Palmer Crest pin for performing my first adjustment!

After I performed the adjustment, we did our post-scans and analysis. My friend’s fossa reading went down a whole degree, and his leg-checks evened out. It was amazing to see how much change occurred after performing that adjustment on him. Not only did the adjustment help him, but it confirmed the love and passion I have for the field of chiropractic. I can’t wait to have more hands-on classes where we will learn about different types of adjustments and different techniques that we will use in the future with our patients. After we did our first adjustments, we got a little pin to congratulate us on the accomplishment!

Otherwise, the rest of the exams and quizzes went well, especially since we have to start preparing for our finals. I was happy to get the best grade yet in my nutrition class on our third exam, and I hope to do even better on our final!

I have accepted a new responsibility in rugby for the next year! I was voted by my fellow players to be the new treasurer for the Women’s Rugby team. I will help with fundraising, socials and other events we host throughout the year. I’m excited to help not only on the field, but also off the field for this team and help make team decisions with the e-board.

Jennie (far right) with her friends from undergrad outside in front of a background of blue sky and trees. There are three other women and one man.

Celebrating with my undergrad friends at the wedding in Rockford.

In addition to this busy week, I attended a wedding in Rockford, Illinois, over the weekend. Two of my friends from undergrad made that next step in their relationship with marriage, and I was able to witness and celebrate with them–and many friends from our undergrad years. It was nice to enjoy the weather, some dancing and a lot of fun with old friends before my long week of finals! I had to head back pretty early Sunday since I had quite a bit of studying to do before my final exam Monday morning.

-Jennie

I met the Baltimore Ravens chiropractor at the Sports Symposium!

Baltimore Ravens chiropractor Dr. Alan Sokoloff and me on the rugby field.

Baltimore Ravens chiropractor Dr. Alan Sokoloff and me!

In April I was able to experience my first Dr. David D.Palmer Athletic Trust Annual Sports and Chiropractic Symposium (it was the seventh one) here at Palmer. To start off, we listened to some great alumni speakers that informed us about concussions, different methods to help correct curvature, and how to have a successful business and practice after school. One of the speakers, who discussed concussions, rugby and football, was the Baltimore Ravens chiropractor, Dr. Alan Sokoloff! Each session was educational and it was nice to hear from chiropractors who were students just like us and also played rugby. During the breaks between the sessions we were able to meet with other chiropractors attending and discuss their businesses, chiropractic, rugby and more. Everyone was really friendly and inviting, so I felt open to start a conversation with them and ask questions.

All the current ruggers and alumni together in a group on the rugby field.

All the current ruggers and alumni out on the rugby field.

Saturday is a rugby day, and we played first on the field against Minneapolis Menagerie and the men played afterwards. Our game started off great as we were communicating well, having successful scrums, and scoring tris. We were able to sub in some of the new players on the team, and they did great and kept scoring throughout the game. In the end we finished with a final score of 69 to 19! We were pretty happy with the way we played, and we were able to celebrate with our team, the Menageries and our alumni supporting us during the game. The men played after us against Chicago and came out with a close but well-earned win!

My friends and I at the symposium banquet. Three young women dressed up for the event.

My friends and I at the symposium banquet.

We all had to rush after our games to shower and get ready for the symposium banquet at the Hotel Blackhawk. Since this was my first one, I had no idea what to expect but I absolutely loved it. The food provided was delicious and filling, and we had the honor of having Dr. Anthony Piana sit with us during the banquet. We talked about his history with rugby and school and a bit about his practice that he currently has in Connecticut. After we ate, they presented awards to some alumni who have gone the extra mile or have represented our college/rugby team all over the world. It was great to see how many players are doing so well in the real world here after Palmer.

The weekend was very busy with rugby, events and some fun, but I definitely had to recover Sunday with lots of study for the next week. Fourth trimester here at Palmer is a little bit easier on the exams compared to the first three trimesters, but that next week we actually had three exams and two quizzes! With Easter coming up the next weekend, I had something to motivate me to get through the week and succeed on the exams!

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.!)

 

I love going to school at Palmer!

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 spring. When I came back, all the main foundation was done, and it was starting to create the walkway, which will connect it to one of the main buildings on campus. When I came back, it made me realize how much I missed being back 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, and 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 for extracurricular activities you participate in.

During my free time these past couple 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

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