Switching gears

Each trimester at Palmer is very different from the last, in that your class schedule has changed, you have new professors and are switching gears and learning entirely new material. For these reasons, I always look forward to another new trimester and getting one step closer to being a chiropractor!

I have really enjoyed being on a trimester schedule at Palmer (on the Davenport Campus; Florida and West are on a quarter system), verus the semester schedule everyone is used to in undergraduate studies, because just about the time you are getting sick of a certain class and ready for a change, the tri is over!

The start dates for entry into Palmer are in March, July and November, and as students we get about 10 days break inbetween each tri and during the summer break we get about 3 weeks. These breaks may not seem very long, but I am always ready to get back in the swing of school and keep the momentum going!

I am so happy with my decision to come to chiropractic school!

-Lacey Pletchette

Finding my path

A year ago, attending Palmer wasn’t even on my radar. I had a successful career as a marketing manager, owned a home outside of beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and was living a life of adventure. I was exactly where society said I should be in my 30’s, well minus the marriage and kids part. You would think that living in such a beautiful place and having a great job would be satisfying enough, but it wasn’t. I felt a lack of purpose during the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m..

I can recall during the interview for my first job out of college how I got the feeling that the business world just wasn’t “it” for me, but student loans needed to be paid, and after I had just invested $20,000 in my education, it was time for a payoff. So for nine years I pursued marketing, knowing every day that marketing just wasn’t what I wanted to do. One would look at this scenario and tell me to just make a switch to something else. The problem is that I didn’t know what that “something else” was.

I looked at teaching, human resources and physical therapy. Yet, none of these felt like they were right. Then last summer I decided enough was enough and made a visit to a career counselor. It was through my visits with the career counselor, conversations with my best friend (a 6th tri student) and visits to my chiropractor that I decided becoming a chiropractor was the path I should pursue.

Why chiropractic? I’ve always had a desire to help people; to have a skill that will make a difference. Chiropractic gives me the ability to help people tap into their body’s innate ability to heal, with just my two hands. I can by no means heal someone, but I can aid him or her in achieving wellness. I can’t think of better way to spend my 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After finishing my first trimester at Palmer, I believe now, more than ever, that becoming a chiropractor is my “it.”  The search is over. I’m on the path I was meant to be on. Oddly enough, it was well worth the wait, and the risk.