No student is an island

No one is an island, but this one wouldn’t be bad for a day.

You may have heard it said that no man (woman) is an island, and I thought that for me. That was never more true than the day I walked through the doors on orientation day at Palmer College back in July of 2010.

I didn’t come from a chiropractic family and had just a sliver of understanding as to what chiropractic truly was and a passion for helping those around me. I felt really alone in a lot of ways, but luckily I had an amazing girlfriend who had made the move with me from Utah. So even though I felt alone, I wasn’t really.

But as 1st trimester began, I quickly found a couple fellow students who lived in the same building with me, and we formed a group that studied together, went to open labs together and stressed out together when exams and practicals came up. We rejoiced with each others successes and shared a shoulder to cry on when things weren’t going our way. Looking back, I really don’t know what I would of done had I not had those close friends.

And as we quickly approach graduation this year, I honestly can tell you that the friendships that I have made will last long beyond graduation on October 18, 2013 (not that I’m counting or anything).

Once you start your chiropractic education, whether it is at Palmer or one of the other schools, I encourage you to find some fellow students and bond together. Forge a friendship to help lighten the load. Becoming a chiropractor is a great journey and will be one of the greatest things you ever do. Best of luck to you in your chiropractic journey and should you have any questions, big or small, please leave a comment.

Take care and have a great day.

-Matt Sharples, 8th trimester, Davenport Campus

Sports Council: 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk

The only event of the year where Palmer’s Sports Council camps out for three days in a row–in one big tent, as one big sports medicine team–is the 3 Day Susan G. KomenBreast Cancer Walk. This event is one-of-a-kind and only comes once a year for our school to participate. This year Palmer’s Sports Council had over 30 wonderful volunteers that gave countless hours to thousands of participants to help with one cause, “The Cure” for breast cancer. The volunteers graciously provided their sports medicine and chiropractic skills, while facing many finals back at school and some even facing (National) Boards just days away. However, while they made many sacrifices, every single volunteer will tell you the positive impact of the event by far out-weighs the cost.

During the three days the volunteers were able to advance their skills in taping, soft tissue work and even history taking. The intern volunteers were able to treat dozens of patients for their first chiropractic adjustment and provide services that helped the participants finish the full 60 miles. The doctor and patient interactions at this event are unlike any other because it allows students to have interactions with the same patient for three days in a row and really see the impact that their skills have on real patients.

The 3 Day Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk is filled with many people who have been impacted by breast cancer in one way or another and, because of this, there are many emotions that come with the event. The walkers are so thankful for the care we provide, which allows them to cross the finish line. The 3 Day walkers provide such kind words, warm hugs and, best of all, positive attitudes that are contagious. While the sports medicine team worked hard to keep the walkers on the course, the walkers worked hard to finish for the loved ones that they have lost to breast cancer, those who are battling breast cancer, and for those who will fight the battle in the future.  Our time at the event was priceless and allowed us to practice our skills but, best of all, allowed us to give our time to “The Cure.” 

Palmer’s West Campus Sports Council allows us students to really gain hands on, real life experience with patients, which has shown to be an invaluable opportunity for us students.