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.!)

 

‘Twas the week before break …

Student blogger Jennie and her friends posing for a group photo in front of a Christmas tree during their Secret Santa/ugly sweater party

My friends and I at our Secret Santa/ugly sweater party.

The week before Christmas break was a whirlwind of events, exams and lots of fun! First off, we had a few exams, since it was midterm time and we had a two-week break for the holidays.

One thing I really appreciate with our professors is that they usually look at our exam schedules with our other courses, and they try to not overload exams on the same day but spread them out. Once in a while they are many clumped together just due to other events or holidays that come up, but it doesn’t happen too frequently.

I was really happy with the amount of time I spent studying, because it really showed off with the exam grades! I was able to study quite a bit during the week, but I also got to go to my weekly indoor soccer game, have an ugly sweater party with friends in my class, and attend intramural bowling with my team.

The soccer game was really intense and competitive. Both teams were around the same skill level, so it was a close game. My friend and I joked around earlier in the day that this game was going to be the one where we finally scored a goal. I wasn’t expecting to score, though, since I play more in the defense position. During the game, I was able to play as a forward for a bit, and I was actually able to score a goal! I was so happy, and it was an extra bonus since it was the game winning goal. I was fully awake after that exciting game, so I used some of that energy to finish studying for the exams the rest of the week.

Thursday was the big Secret Santa/ugly sweater party where we all brought some food items, wore our ugliest sweaters and exchanged gifts. The gifts ranged from clothing and candy to a handmade wooden sign and a winter beanie. I choose my friend Jake for Secret Santa, and I know he loves Sriracha, so I decided I had to get him Sriracha socks and to-go Sriracha keychains. The best part about the gift exchange was that I found out my friend, Jake, chose me and got me a Sriracha shirt! Everyone thought it was really funny how similar our gifts were to each other. After the party we attended our weekly bowling game! Almost every team was wearing ugly Christmas sweaters due to the holidays being the next week. All in all, we did really good in our three games and ended the night with some fun!

-Jennie

Transitioning from 2nd to 3rd trimester classes

Coming from 2nd trimester to 3rd trimester there is a change in the course load and timing for the schedule. It is a relief to be done with anatomy labs, but you spend more time in lecture throughout the week. Most days we have classes back to back so a lot of the professors use methods during class to keep us students engaged. This week in Physiology III, we were able to listen to a heartbeat while matching up the different pressure values that occur to open the chambers and let the blood flow in and out of the heart. It allowed us to interact within the classroom while still understanding and learning the material. I know this trimester will keep me on my feet with class material but the professors are helpful with understanding the material and the extra tutor sessions help review and assist you with any problems you may have.

Since joining the Rugby Club here at Palmer, I realized I wanted to continue playing sports during the off season. When I started my third trimester, I decided I would play indoor soccer with a few friends in my class! I knew it would be fun, it would be good exercise and also continue to help maintain a good schedule when balancing my health and academics.

When we had our first game, boy, was I nervous! I hadn’t played soccer in a couple years, so I had a strong feeling I would be rusty for it. I started playing the game as goalie, since it was my position throughout my undergrad years and it went much better than I expected. Most of the teammates are also going to Palmer, and as a team everyone works really well together on the field. We started off on a good note at halftime as the score was 3 to 0. During the game everyone subs out when needed and each player usually plays different positions.

I was surprised on how versatile each player was on the field, and it really encouraged me to get out of my comfort box while playing. We finished the game strong by scoring a couple more goals and ending the game with a final score of 5 to 0. It felt great to be back in the sport again and also having fun with students in different classes at Palmer. Plus, it was a perfect end to the night with a win!

Over my first few trimesters here, I have come to appreciate the students I go to school with and have learned what a great community Palmer is. While playing sports here you get to connect with students that you don’t get to see or connect with everyday due to the different courses for each trimester.

Soccer, ugly sweaters and Palmer Prom

Palmer Davenport campus women's soccer club members in the indoor soccer field.

It may be freezing outside, but it’s nice in here.

First things first … we won our soccer game this week! It was so much fun, and I missed playing since I hadn’t been able to play for a couple weeks due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The two friends from my class that play with me, Sarah and Devon, did really good. Sarah scored a goal and Devon played with a hurt knee, so in my opinion they deserved the MVP award for that game! I was really sore after the game, but we were done with exams after that day for the week, so I was able to stay in and relax for the night.

I absolutely love winter due to the snow, the holidays and the activities we can do outside–like snowboarding, skiing, ice fishing, sledding, ice skating and more.

For the holiday, my friends and I decide to have an ugly sweater party where we’ll do a gift exchange. We picked names this week, and I cannot wait to get my “person” their gifts! I love giving funny but meaningful gifts to my friends and family for the holidays.

In addition, we finally got our first snowfall here in Davenport, Iowa! We were only expecting a couple inches but we definitely got more snow than we thought we were going to! The roads were very slippery, and unfortunately I saw a few accidents outside my window but I also got to witness a couple of my friends’ dogs see snow and play in it for the first time. It took a while for them to get used to, but they eventually warmed up to it and used up all their energy playing in it.

A large group of friends dressed up for Palmer's Davenport campus Holiday Dance, also known as Palmer Prom.

My friends and I having a blast at “Palmer Prom” (the Holiday Dance).

A couple weekends ago I was able to attend my first Palmer Prom/Holiday Party. It is an event held downtown where students and their significant others are able to dance the night away to great music and enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvre and drinks. It was such a great experience, and all my friends thought it was such a blast. By the end of the night, we were all sore from the non-stop dancing! It might be a while till I can wear heels again.

We only have a couple more weeks till Christmas break, which means we’ll have quite a few exams coming up. It is definitely a good idea to prepare ahead of time so I plan on rewriting my notes for the upcoming exams and create some flashcards. I’m usually a procrastinator, so I try to prepare a little ahead of time for exams so I don’t stress out too much. There are usually a couple exams or quizzes each week, and it helps you learn how to stay on track and keep up with studying throughout the trimester.

-Jennie