Thoughts on ‘brain vacation,’ homecoming, studying and more

Well, we are about a month into this next trimester, and I am coming to realize that my brain is still on vacation. I sure hope that it decides very soon that it is time to kick it into gear instead of being in La-La Land. Exams are creeping up, and my thoughts are, “Have I really learned enough information to cover a whole exam?”

Well, whether my brain is ready or not, these exams are coming! I need to make the most of my time through studying, reflecting, and associating new things to learn with older topics. Have I done that? Very little.

 How am I supposed to wake up my little brain? Anyone know some brain exercises to bring the brain back to reality— besides flunking an exam? I have learned through experience that flunking an exam definitely will work— I just cannot afford to do that right now!

On a good note, I am excited for my very first Palmer Homecoming. I have seen the schedule, and I wish I could attend every session! Sure, some, if not most, might go over my head due to my lack of foundational knowledge, which will come within the next few years, but it would be quite the experience!

I am excited at the potential of meeting some great alumni from this campus. Hearing their stories, gaining knowledge from their wisdom, and making connections and networks is what I plan to do. This is what chiropractic is about! This is what Palmer is about!

I am glad that I have made the decision to come here and to partake of this grand legacy. It is now my opportunity, and obligation, to add to the legacy and to become a great chiropractor by first becoming a great chiropractic student.

Now onto my “study soap box” to encourage myself—and anyone else who needs it—to study. Off to the books, away from Facebook and other distractions that come my way and steal a little time here and there.

Great is the chiropractor who becomes the doctor who his patients need. And my patients will need a primary-care physician, the “gate-keeper” for better health and wellness. Let us all aim for this: to assist in the betterment of society, one family at a time through one individual at a time!

Anton Keller
3rd trimester student, Davenport Campus

As the craziness of sixth trimester comes to a close …

Well it’s that time of the tri again. Finals are only a week away, and classes are winding down. I have to say, sixth tri has been like a marathon: a run that just kept going and going. I learned a lot this tri, prepared myself as best I could to enter clinic next trimester, and had some fun along the way.

However, with all the craziness of sixth trimester, I can honestly say I can’t wait for break to get here! I finally get to go home to Arizona and have three full weeks to relax and hang out with friends and family! I think a nice long break will help me rejuvenate and get excited for seventh trimester, which will be full of events!

Homecoming is next trimester, and that is always a blast! So many fantastic speakers, a prospective student event, and an awesome party to top it all off. Another event that is not as much fun is boards, but it’s one of those things that we all have to step up and do. But once boards are over with, I get to have three fun-filled weekends of seminars and travel from Kansas City to Chicago and meet some amazing new people and learn from great doctors. So even with all the stress of a full schedule and entering clinic, there will be so many fun moments to look forward to.

 Kaitlin Bowen
6th trimester student, 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

My Homecoming

Homecoming was such a blast! I went to my first Palmer homecoming last August as a prospective student and it was tons of fun getting to attend this year as an actual Palmer student. Even more so because I was able to interact with the new prospective students – to hang out and share my experience with them, answer their questions, and pass on my enthusiasm as campus guides did for me last summer.

Homecoming festivities started for me on Wednesday with the opportunity to have lunch at Front Street Brewery with a Palmer alumnus from my home state, Washington! Sometimes I feel far from home out here in Iowa so it was exciting and refreshing to be able to spend that time with Dr. Houk, hear about his time as a student in Davenport and the great success he has had since graduating. Something so great about Palmer is the opportunities you have to meet with alumni and learn from their experience and there is no greater place than homecoming to take advantage of that!

I left from lunch at Front Street (which I totally recommend if you are looking for a great place to go out to eat!) to meet up with some friends from my class at the barbeque and talent show in the campus courtyard put on by student council. That was one of mine and my family’s favorite memories from last summer and again, it was fun to be there as a current student, recognize people participating in the talent show, and be able to hang out with all my friends. There was food and snow cones and cotton candy and tons and tons of fun!

The eventful weekend continued into the next morning for the official opening ceremonies of Homecoming 2011. I feel like opening ceremonies are a wonderful time for prospective, current and past students to come together, hear about what is going on in the world of chiropractic and to get re-fired or fired up about our incredible profession. I don’t feel like my excitement for chiropractic fades much, especially getting to be around it every day here at school, but I just LOVE hearing about the research being done to support my passion and the way that chiropractic is reaching the world today.

There is no place I would rather be than a student here at Palmer! I worked for years to get here and homecoming this year was just an affirmation of what I am doing here as a student and hope to be as a future doctor of chiropractic.

Also, if you don’t want to wait to visit Palmer until next Homecoming in August 2012, come to one of our prospective student events. We’re having a big Saturday Campus Visit on November 5. Hope to see you soon!

Devanni Partridge, 3rd Trimester
Davenport Campus

My last homecoming hurrah

It was a bittersweet homecoming. It was the 3rd homecoming that I had the opportunity to attend as a student, thus being my last. As excited as I was to be an 8th trimester student, I was also sad that it was my last one before I graduate. Each year is better than before and Homecoming 2011 did not disappoint! It was the best homecoming that I had participated in, to date! The sessions and all the festivities associated with homecoming were amazing. I love going to homecoming not only to network and have fun, but also to reignite my passion for chiropractic! Being able to meet new doctors and prospective students is so inspiring and definitely the highlight of the weekend. Having been at two previous homecomings, it was nice to see familiar faces of doctors I met years prior. How exciting it is to be a student and network with some of the most successful and influential professionals in chiropractic! It was truly humbling that the doctors I met in the past years remembered me and took a sincere interest in my future. I made so many connections across the country with doctors who want to help me after I graduate! I am looking forward to coming back as an alumnus and being able to help students as these doctors have helped me.

This year’s homecoming was even more special for me as I am preparing for my chiropractic future. I had the opportunity to interview for an internship with a chiropractor who works in a VA hospital. The experience of working in a multidisciplinary setting with a chiropractor and other health professionals to serve our nation’s heroes would be truly invaluable. Going into the interview, I tried not to let my nerves distract me, but rather focus on the confidence in my skills and knowledge I gained during my two years at Palmer. I was elated as the interview went well, and the doctor offered me an internship position! Now, officially part of the VA internship program, my educational path is taking a new turn. I know that I am in for the ride of my life. This news was certainly a great way to kick off my homecoming week!

Of course, I could go on and on about homecoming, but nothing I can say does the event justice. The energy that encompasses Palmer during homecoming is contagious and enthralling. Palmer Homecoming is something you MUST experience for yourself!

Abbey Crouse, 8th 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

A homecoming stand-out

One of the things that stands out in my mind from homecoming is the session on adrenal fatigue from the Dr. Bhogal’s (how do you write that?? Dr. Bhogal and Dr. Bhogal? Mr. And Mrs. Dr. Bhogal? Dr. And Dr. Bhogal? Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Ramneek? Anyway haha)…They were excellent!

They discussed what they do at their practice and how they help people with lifestyle change beyond what we primarily do- adjust. I loved their take on the stress factor in women’s lives and I think they unintentionally made everyone want to come visit their office. They have got it going ON with chiropractic philosophy and in my opinion they would be excellent primary care physicians who I would trust and look up to. They are a couple that both teach here and ironically, I just found out I get Dr. Bhogal for toggle class next trimester and I am extremely excited for that! It will be the first technique I master at Palmer and I will be learning from one of the best teachers at this school! I was also at pediatrics club for the first time today and saw that Dr. Stephanie Bhogal‘s name was on the handout we were given as a reference. I asked if she would be teaching us, what subject, and when, and the club leader responded yes, OBPeds in 6th trimester and I have to say, that added a little skip in my step today despite my extremely tired third-tri-state!

Kaileigh Strath, 3rd Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Homecoming is here!

Hello! Wow homecoming is here! This will be the first homecoming that I will be attending and I am so excited. With so many amazing chiropractors that will be speaking I don’t know how I will decide which ones to go listen to. But, as a campus guide, the event I am most excited about is the prospective student interactive classroom event! Where I hear there will be 100 plus excited future students and their families. The reason I became a campus guide is because I love talking with new students about why they want to be a chiropractor and see the excitement on their faces.  And there seems to be no better time to bring prospective chiropractors to campus than during homecoming when so many students and alumni will be bustling around campus!

From my personal experience as a past prospective student these events really give people a chance to immerse themselves in what life is like at Palmer as well as providing the opportunity to meet some of their future professors. I remember when I came on the interactive classroom event, it was about a year prior to starting here at Palmer and I had a blast. It really got me pumped up about my chiropractic education and helped me realize that moving across the country was the right thing to do.

My favorite part was the anatomy lab, which was my first experience holding a brain and spinal cord in my hands. However, my dad who accompanied me on the trip was not as excited about this as I was.  He was definitely a trooper – he didn’t say anything about the smell or being grossed out by all the brains spread about the room.  I can’t wait to see what parents are like my dad standing in the background while the excited future chiropractors go to work examining the brains and spinal cords. After all the central nervous system is what we as chiropractors devote our lives to in order to help our patients live healthy lives.

Kaitlin Bowen, 4th Trimester Student
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