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

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