My big decision

Kaya the tabby kitty in her cat bed

Kaya, my new cat!

As the trimester was coming to a close, I decided to make a big decision! My friend, Callie, was over at my apartment and brought up that her friend from La Crosse, which is where we both went to undergrad, was looking to re-home a cat. I have been interested in getting a pet of some sort since I’m a big animal lover. I decided to contact her friend and get more details, which made me come to the decision on re-homing her cat to my apartment!

Since she was located in my undergrad city, I thought I would visit my friends who still live around there for the time being. So this past weekend I traveled up to La Crosse and had lunch with my friends and we explored our old campus since the UW La Crosse has finished construction on a few buildings since we graduated. I didn’t get to spend too long with my friends since I was traveling back home with my new cat to Davenport that same day. It was really nice to catch up with my friends and to explore our old campus together and reminisce on our old memories.

This past week my new cat has been exploring the apartment and getting comfortable with her surroundings. Luckily her past owner let me bring her cat tower along with her so she recognized it in my room and uses it all the time still. She is getting lots of play time and has gotten many more toys in addition to the ones she was given to take along. We have already created a good bond together, and I think it will be nice to have her around, especially when I’m stressed.

We have been having our usual rugby morning practices at 5:30 a.m., and I have been able to see a real improvement with our team in fitness and also ball-handling skills. I think the new players on the team are doing well and will advance really fast once we are able to get on the field and practice more together. While rugby has been keeping me active, our weekly soccer games have been going pretty good, but we haven’t been able to come out with a win these past couple weeks. This past week we were close, but it ended in a tie. Hopefully tonight we will be able to step it up and come out with a win before finals start.

With finals coming this next week, I have started studying slowly and hope that I don’t have to cram as much later on. I am fortunate the exams are spread out over a few days but it still is a lot of exams in one week. Luckily my friends and I have plans to relax after our final exam and help a couple people move into a new house for the next year. I think we are excited to have a week off to take it easy and prepare for the next trimester of classes. It is crazy to think that after this trimester my class will have completed one whole year already here at Palmer! It feels like it was just yesterday when we started!

-Jennie

‘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

Hi! I’m Palmer’s new blogger!

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