Let me offer you some advice …

Wow, how time flies. I just finished 8th trimester, and as I write this, I only have two trimesters left as a Palmer student before I venture out into the real world once again.

So you are reading this and probably think that I just want to brag about where I am and that the road ahead looks so very daunting for you, but honestly that is not the case. It really doesn’t seem that long ago when I was in your very shoes thinking to myself that I will never graduate from Palmer. Well, rest assured, many have done it before you and many will do it after you are sitting right where I am.

I think the best advice that I can give to you is to follow your heart and your passion. Palmer is a great chiropractic college, and I love it with all my heart. But it is not for every single individual desiring to become a chiropractor. I would advise you to trust your gut. I didn’t need to visit every school before I knew where I was to go for my education. I visited Palmer in March of 2010 and knew before I left that it was the perfect fit for me. I would recommend that you start with a visit to Palmer, since we are the Fountainhead of chiropractic and where it all began. We are rich in history and tradition, but we are also preparing for the future of our profession. The college is actively making changes to ensure that they offer the best education for the student body and producing the best chiropractors out there.

If you come to Palmer and don’t feel the immediate click that I did, then look at other colleges. The road to becoming a chiropractor is a long and challenging one, but it is very rewarding. My time here at Palmer has flown by, and I say that with all seriousness.

If you have any specific questions that you would like to ask me, feel free to contact me. And if you find yourself in the Quad Cities anytime soon, drop by the college and lets get you adjusted in the Academic Health Center.

Have a great day and best of luck in your future chiropractic endeavors.

-Matt Sharples, 9th Tri, Davenport Campus

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.