I can’t believe I have almost made it to the half way point here at Palmer. I made it through the first year which I hear is the hardest, delivered my first adjustment in toggle recoil class, and passed round one of boards! It has been a crazy ride so far, but looking back on what I have accomplished I have to say it was worth it!
There are, of course, a few things I would do differently and many things I would not change. One thing I would do differently is I would have become involved with clubs here on campus right from the start. I have learned so much in the past few trimesters from the very knowledgable club representatives and wish I would have started sooner. There is only so much time in class so clubs allow you to explore the different techniques and determine which ones suit you best. There are so many fabulous clubs to attend but the two that I have come to know and love are the Animal Chiropractic Club and Motion Palpation Club. My first experiance with chiropractic was when my horse got adjusted so natually I got involved with the animal club and I am now vice president and loving every minute of it. I got involved with Motion Palpation Club when my friend became a club representative and dragged me to club one day during third trimester. I can’t thank her enough for making me go to club instead of sitting around doing nothing during the club hour!
I look forward to next trimester where there are even more technique classes and I get to start observing in clinic. It is hard to believe that in August I will get to start taking care of patients in the student clinic. It is exciting and scary all at the same time. As for the next seven months prior to entering clinic I plan to continue attending club meetings on campus and seminars off campus in order to master my adjusting skills because there is always more to learn.
Kaitlin Bowen, 5th Trimester Student