A “halfway done” reflection

Hello faithful blog readers,

Welcome to another fascinatingly fun filled blog from the king of campus guides. As I sat down to write this latest blog, I thought about what’s been on my mind as of late. Being that I am wrapping up fifth trimester here at Palmer I feel that it’s time for a little celebration and reflection.

So here we go….

Let’s celebrate first. I’m hitting a milestone at the end of this trimester and really can’t believe that I am halfway through my time at Palmer. It truly seems like yesterday that I was in the same place that a lot of you are right now. Checking out various colleges, trying to decide which college would be the best fit for me, nervous about starting the program, starting and thinking I’ll never see the end, finishing my first year and thinking how crazy it is that I was a third of the way done, etc. What’s really cool about fifth trimester at Palmer is it’s the trimester where you start some real application of what you have been learning thus far in the classroom and get your hands on some fellow students. In cervicals class you learn all the set ups for Gonstead & Diversified techniques from occiput down to T2. And at the end of the trimester you have the opportunity to work up a student patient, and if they are subluxated, adjust them while your professor is watching (of course). In fact, I had that opportunity today and it was really cool, nerve-racking, but very cool. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and diligent effort over the past year and a half. It was definitely a day that I won’t forget.

Let’s reflect a little. Palmer is, in my humble opinion, the greatest chiropractic college there is. We are where it all started. Each and every day I walk the very halls that D.D. Palmer, B.J. Palmer, Mabel Palmer and many other greats of our profession have walked. I read the quotes of B.J. on the walls and in the halls all over campus. It fills me with pride to feel the greatness that fills every nook of this campus. But don’t think for one moment that Palmer is relegated to the past. We are poised to produce the greatest chiropractors in the coming years. If you haven’t come to campus for a visit and a tour yet, I strongly encourage you to. We are the only college with a Business Development Center that will give you all the tools to run a successful and very fulfilling practice once you graduate. We have an amazing clinic that is gorgeous and
staffed with amazing clinicians who are there ready to prepare you for practice. We have amazing clubs and organizations to enhance and complement your Palmer education. Wow, when I started this paragraph it was to reflect on my time here and look at me just bragging about how great Palmer is and the fact that it’s only getting better.

Well I’m going to wrap this up, my friends. As always if you have any questions please drop me an email, or get in touch with me on Twitter (@kingcampusguides). I hope that your new year is off to an amazing start and that it has nothing but greatness for you in the coming months. All the best to you in your future chiropractic pursuits!

Matt Sharples, 5th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Is it a bird, a plane? No it’s a Palmer student!

As a current 4th trimester student, I have finished my first year at Palmer and feel I can breath a little easier. But in addition to being a Palmer student, I am also a single dad to a 14 year old daughter, a 13 year old son, & a 7 year old son. So you may think that I am probably Superman as well but while I would never admit it to anyone, let’s assume for the sake of this blog that I am not. 😉

The reason I share this with you is to let you know that no matter what is going on in your life, you can succeed at Palmer as long as you are willing to work and maintain balance in your life. How you may ask? Here are a couple tips that I would recommend.

1. Know what is most important to you. Is it family, is it getting a 4.0 GPA, is it making sure you are ready for boards? Whatever it is, make sure that you allocate the appropriate amount of time to keep this priority at the for front.

2. Take time to relax. As much as I wanted to believe I would be studying from sun up till way past sun down, that just isn’t a reality for me. I tried it for the 1st trimester and almost died. Now, I take time to work out, get involved with clubs and organizations on campus, and I even watch a little tv.

3. Eat a healthy diet. This is critical to your success here at Palmer. If you doubt me, answer this question. How good would your unleaded car run if you filled it up with diesel gas?

4. Get a good amount of sleep. Now maybe you are younger than I am and still able to pull the all nighters but I did it once for a huge exam and I paid the price severely. I recommend a minimum of 6 hours a night, but 8 is great.

Well, there you have it. Superman’s, I mean Matt’s 4 step outline for success at Palmer no matter who you are. If you have questions about anything at all, please follow or message me on twitter @KingCampusGuide or send me an e-mail (put attn: Matt in the subject line). Have a great day and I hope to see you on campus sometime in the future.

Matt Sharples, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus

Why I love Campus Guides…

Well I have got to level with you all. Being a campus guide at Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport is the most amazing opportunity that I have had, aside from working towards my DC degree. The reason I feel so strongly about this has to do with what we, as guides, represent. In my mind, the campus guides represent the best of the best that Palmer has to offer. We stand as ambassadors of the college and are always ready to go the extra mile in whatever capacity we are asked to participate. I take great pride in knowing that I was selected to join such a select and elite organization.

One of my favorite activities with the campus guides is to give tours of the college to prospective students. I just recently completed my first year of the DC program, and as I start the second year of the program, I look back and can’t believe how fast time is going by. When I give a tour to prospective students, I often look in their eyes and see so much of what I felt when I was in their shoes. I see excitement, anxiety, a little fear, determination, and most of all passion. I felt all of those feelings as I walked the halls of the college, listening to my campus guide as I was trying to figure out where to obtain my education. I love answering their questions and finding out what has brought them to Palmer. When I meet with these prospective students and their families, my desire is to share with them my passion for chiropractic and help them in any way that I can.

At the conclusion of all my tours I always hand out my business card to anyone who wants it and tell them they can text or call me anytime, day or night. I’ve even created a Twitter profile @kingcampusguide where anyone can ask me questions about anything pertaining to Palmer and life as a student. For me, being a campus guide is all about giving back to Palmer and helping to spread the message of chiropractic to as many people as I can. I love Palmer and I love being a campus guide. If you or anyone you know has a question about Palmer or chiropractic, feel free to drop me a tweet or send me an e-mail. (Put attn: Matt in the subject line.) I promise I’ll get back to you ASAP. Thanks for your time and remember in the words of B.J. Palmer, “Throw away your wishbone, straighten up your backbone, stick out your jawbone and go to it”.

Matt Sharples, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus