Campus Guide Question of the Month:

What change did you hope to make by joining Campus Guides?

I hoped to change the perspective of some of my peers who only ever see the negative in Palmer. Campus Guides has allowed me to understand our history and appreciate the school more, which allows me to share all the great things about Palmer.

–Brian Hall

I was hoping to help people get real answers about Palmer and chiropractic from student’s point of view. Taking a tour at Palmer is what helped me make up my mind about coming out here instead of going to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City.

–Ryan Etherton

Each individual personality has the ability to change and benefit a group. By joining Campus Guides, I hoped to add my experiences to the team’s dynamic, help prospective students enjoy their visit, and aid them in making the best decision for them in finding a chiropractic school.

–Jaclyn Andrews

I want to specifically reach out to those prospective students who are deciding if chiropractic is the right choice for their second career. I want to share with them that giving up the job, selling the house, and/or moving their family to Iowa, will be worth it the end when they think of all the lives they will change as a chiropractor.

–Brook Peters

During my Undergraduate Studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, I was lured (by a tall blonde haired, blue eyed girl- of whom I never dated anyhow) in to a student-lead organization that was in charge of the new student orientation, Student Spirit Events. This luring was at first because of the networking of “future potential” dates, but eventually my drive to help with New Student Orientation came from within myself to help these new students become connected with a “new life” or a “new chapter” in their lives.


I brought this same drive with me in to the Campus Guide Organization. I want people to choose to come to Palmer College of Chiropractic. This needs to be their decision and I want to help them in their search to answer questions that they might have. There are always rough times in life and at Palmer this is no different! Every student has moments of “why am I really here?” or “Is this worth it?” At this point the student needs to reflect back at the time when they felt like they needed to be here and when they made the decision to come here. Referring back to these moments can give us the courage and the self-will power that we need to bear another hour, another day, another week until we find that answer once again- “THIS is why I am here!” “THAT is why I am learning these things!” “THIS is why I am becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic!”


As an organization, Campus Guides thrives on networking. I love that about this organization. If I do not have an answer, give me some time to write a few emails and to hear back. I will then have a good answer to your question or some good direction on what other students have done or accomplished.


Much like at Brigham Young University-Idaho, the vast majority of the student body knows that they are supposed to be here for the continuation of their education and many more need a support group. I want to be one who helps people feel “at home” and to be a support when they need/ want it. That is one great reasons I joined the Campus Guides Organization- to serve my fellowman (woman, too), to “help other people at all times,” and “To Do A Good Turn Daily” (Boy Scouts of America, Scout Oath & Slogan).

–Anton Keller

I wanted to feel the love from leading with service! I believe that energy frequency rises to the person in the room who is giving off the most positive energy. What effect does the collective group of positive guides have? What if a guide has a great feeling after serving and leading a tour and they bring that energy back to their classrooms? What if it lifts all of Palmer’s spirits? You never know how far reaching…

–Kalleigh Strath

I hope to make the student body appreciate more what awesome educational experience Palmer is offering us all. To help keep them focused on the positives and in working together, make better that which makes us feel gloomy sometimes.


My goal in joining campus guides was to surround myself with positive productive individuals. By doing this I have grown in so many ways, the friendships we build within Campus Guides provides us with a group of peers in which we can rely on for support and continuous personal growth. I also hoped to get more involved in our Palmer community, which has happened in tenfold, being more involved has allowed me to appreciate Palmer on another level which I would not have seen otherwise.

–Jennifer Katzer


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead


The first two years went fast

Well I’m officially in 7th tri now, and that means that I’m going to be starting into clinic! Everything that you look forward to from the day you step on campus is starting to come around. Funny thing is that it’s kind of nerve racking now that its actually here. You are officially starting to treat patients and beginning to mold yourself into a doctor.

I can’t believe that it’s been two whole years since I started Palmer. It seems like just yesterday when I was sitting in on orientation. It’s been a fast two years, and I can’t imagine how fast the next year will be.

I guess I probably should start looking into what I’m going to do when I get done. That is definitely something that is important but is so easy to forget during the beginning of our Palmer curriculum. The future is exciting and scary, and I can’t wait to get there and start making money for a change.  Until then, I guess I’ll just have to do some hunting. Darn!

– Ryan Etherton, Davenport Campus

It’s summer vacation time

Well, summer break is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to get out and shadow a few doctors back home. I think that shadowing is such an awesome experience because it helps you see the light at the end of the tunnel. It helps see the love for chiropractic that the doctors still have and how they are truly benefiting the community. It also gives you a great perspective on how you may or may not want to run your practice some day. I definitely look forward to meeting with these doctors and getting advice from them to help me better prepare myself for the future.

Of course, when I go back home, I look forward to seeing my family and friends and getting outdoors for some fishing and boating. Then when it’s time to come back to school, I get to look forward to homecoming, which is going to be a blast. Well, until next time! God bless.

Ryan Etherton
5th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Back to the grind

Well its back to the grind with a new trimester underway but this time new classes is actually the last thing on my mind. Now I’m getting ready to take boards for the first time in a couple weeks. It’s still a little over whelming even though everyone says you are going to be fine. I’m really glad that I’m taking the NBS board review because they are such great teachers and really help you understand the information better. The review makes this much less stressful but at the same time how can you not stress at least a little.

Break seemed to go by so quick this time and I didn’t even go anywhere. I guess just not being in class or doing anything makes time go so fast. I suppose knowing I had boards coming up made the week go faster too.  I’m hoping that we start to get some warm weather after boards so I can start doing stuff outside. I’m definitely ready for the depressing cold weather and lack of sunlight to be gone.  Spring and summer couldn’t come quicker. Well I hope the next couple of weeks treats me well. Later.

Ryan Etherton, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

First Homecoming

Well this was the first time I got to attend homecoming here at Palmer and I’ve got to say it was pretty cool.  I don’t know about all you guys but to me homecomings have always been really lame so I wasn’t expecting too much from homecoming here even though I had heard it was sweet.  It was a pleasant surprise and really – pretty fun.  I really loved how we got to attend the seminars along with other doctors from the real world.

The speakers that I got listen to were really interesting and I can’t wait to get to hear new speakers at the next homecoming.  It really gets you excited about being out in practice and helping improve peoples’ lives.  Another interesting thing about homecoming is that you can make connections with doctors out in the field to either visit their practices, call about questions or even line up potential internships or associate-ships with these doctors.

The biggest surprise about homecoming though was the festival on the last night. They had awesome food and deserts.  Not to mention a band that was great and a really cool fireworks show.  I took my wife to the festival and she was impressed as well.  Overall, homecoming is a really cool experience and I look forward to going again next year.

Ryan Etherton, 3rd Trimester
Davenport Campus

Summer in Davenport

Well, we are now 4 weeks into our summer trimester and I must say it is quite different than what I’m used to for summer. I’m used to the nice long summer breaks that we got in undergrad and I’m used to being outside all summer enjoying the sun and being outdoors. Now I must admit it has been taking some getting used to but I’m finally starting to understand that this is what the real world is like.

With that said I’m really amazed at all the really cool things there are to do in Davenport. I love how they have a ton of parks and trails to walk, run or bike on. Not to mention they have the river that I can walk along with my wife or if I’m lucky go fishing on. Just last weekend Davenport held it’s world-renowned 7 mile race the Bix followed by a festival in downtown Davenport. Davenport also has the Mississippi Valley Fair which brings in cool attractions such as alligator wrestling and artists like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Joe Nichols. Plus if there is nothing big going on during the week, you can always go to River Bandits baseball game or go camping at one of the nearby parks or lakes.

I went camping with some friends a couple weekends ago at Scott County Park and it was an absolute blast even though it did storm on us, which might have made it more fun (but that’s another story). So although you might be busy with some schooling during the summer you can always find something fun to do around here when you need a break from school. Oh, by the way, I almost forgot to mention of the more exciting things going on at Palmer during the summer……….HOMECOMING. I haven’t got to experience homecoming yet so I guess the verdict is still out on that one. I hear it’s a blast though.  Until next time, thanks and God bless.

Ryan Etherton, 3rd Trimester
Davenport Campus