First round of exams …

(Written pre-Homecoming)

CAUTION: Tests may be closer than they appear. AHHH! The first round of exams are upon us in second trimester. We ended this week with a Biochem 2 exam. I’m drawing structures in my mind and thinking, “Stimulate, inhibit, location … oh, shoot, what else?” Woof. Hopefully I’ll get good results from that exam soon!

Next on the agenda is Spinal. Hundreds of “quizzie” questions are waiting for me to memorize screaming, “Memorize me, breathe me, and live me!” So. Many. Questions. Then I have one day in between to recuperate, and then it’s General Pathology 1. Only 60 pages of reading for that. 🙂

It’s super important to get ahead on exams right away to coast through the trimester. It’s a lot harder to dig yourself out of a hole the entire trimester, instead of having a little leeway.

After that first half of exams, we have Homecoming! There are lots of cool speakers and presentations, free food and fun rugby events. If I survive the first round of exams, I’ll let you know how Homecoming goes. 🙂 Hehe

After Homecoming is the next half of the first round of exams. Monday is Gross Anatomy 2, Tuesday is Physiology 2 and Wednesday is Spinal Lab Practical. Honestly, I can’t even think about this round yet. It’s too far away, and I have too much information to cram into my head before that.

Thankfully this week is also a little break from rugby! We only have one day of conditioning this week, but have rugby events almost every day. I’m just happy I don’t have to run outside. 🙂 Considering I am feeling a little rushed with this round of exams, I am not eating the greatest or sleeping the most. So this rugby conditioning break is the perfect way for my body to catch a break.

I’m off to consume copious amounts of coffee and study! Ahh, the things I do for my future patients. 😉 Wish me luck and send me motivational/sympathy vibes. 🙂

Callie

FOOOOOOOOOOD ……

Alrighty, guys, time to talk about one of my favorite things: FOOD! Who doesn’t love food?! Unfortunately, in chiropractic school, eating food on a regular basis can be tricky.

For me, it’s even trickier because I’m mostly vegetarian. The only meat I will eat is if I kill it myself, which for me is venison. Not only do I have a dietary restraint, I also put coffee before food …sometimes. Okay fine, most of the time! If I’m running late in the morning I usually make a quick bagel and a cup of coffee to go, without packing a lunch or snacks for classes. This either causes me to run home during my hour break, buy something from the cafeteria, or go hungry.

And some days I don’t have a break, don’t have my wallet or–let’s face it–I don’t feel like running back. So it’s super important that I plan ahead in order to avoid food disasters. So I thought I would make a list of what I do, because maybe you’re struggling with this right now or want to know what a daily routine is like for chiropractic school. Well, here it is:

Sundays are grocery shopping days. My boyfriend, Joey, and I grocery shop together every Sunday. We shop together for two reasons: 1) It’s something for us to do together (time is precious, people!) and 2) We keep each other on track (so I don’t over spend and so he picks out the right product). We make a list and plan meals for the week, and we stick to it. When we get home, we wash the fruits and veggies before putting them away and then cook meals for the week. That doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it rocks.

Before I go to bed each night, I make a list of what I need to do in the morning before school and then set my alarm accordingly. I usually try to get a couple snacks together in the fridge or laid out on the counter. That way, if I’m in a hurry, I can just grab and go. Sometimes lunch stinks, and I bring a PB&J, but other times I’m able to pack leftovers and heat them up at a variety of different places on campus. I love bringing grapes, carrots and granola bars, too! Super easy to grab and go. I’m also addicted to cheese (Hey, I’m from Wisconsin, give me a break!), so I usually have a string cheese or three ….

So, moral of the story: Buy easy, healthy snacks to pack, meal prep, and plan out your day before you go to bed because sometimes school isn’t very fun and these just make life a little better 🙂

-Callie

New trimester, new blogger

Me attempting to palpate and test Jen’s SI fluid mobility. A work in progress, people, a work in progress.  :)

Me attempting to palpate and test Jen’s SI fluid mobility. A work in progress, people, a work in progress. 🙂

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Palmer! As I write this, I’m just finishing my first full week of 2nd trimester! Let me tell you, I am exhausted. Sad to say it’s not from a crazy amount of studying, but just having a routine again is quite tiring!

Classes start at 7:45 a.m., and I usually go straight until 2:45 p.m. I have a break or two during the day, but that’s now been filled with PASS sessions. Then after classes I have rugby conditioning and/or practice four days a week. The rugby team had a tournament Saturday in Iowa City, and the women’s team took first place! It was actually quite an accomplishment considering we spent all day running around on one of the hottest days of summer. But other than being very busy and tired, I am so glad to be back at Palmer.

Exciting things are happening in 2nd tri! I feel like a REAL chiropractor! This trimester I have a palpation class where I’m starting to find contact points and conduct some simple chiropractic tests. It might not seem like a lot to most people, but it’s a huge jump for me! It’s very exciting to do some hands-on work instead of just reading books. Now I understand the process of what my chiropractor does when he is ‘pushing’ on my hips. It feels GREAT!

I was so incredibly nervous the first day, just ask Jen (my good friend and fellow Palmer blogger). “What if I can’t find the contact points? What if I do it wrong? How do I know if I’m doing it right? What do I do with my hands? AHHHHH!!!” That lasted about five minutes, and then I realized that no one else knew what they were doing, either. And, as it turns out, just a little bit of practice can go a long way! I’m hoping this confidence boost will transfer over to my other classes, too.

Fingers crossed! 🙂
– Callie