My Homecoming experience

Dr. Michelle Barber during the toggle off at Homecoming.

Dr. Michelle Barber during the toggle off at Homecoming.

By Friday, Homecoming weekend was already very busy for me. I was attending events on campus and at the sorority house. Wednesday night, I attended the talent show and the toggle off!

I haven’t had the toggle class yet, so it was great seeing the first through third tri students (who also haven’t had the class) attempt to not break the egg on the toggle board! The eggs were in a plastic bag so that they didn’t make a mess. At the end of the contest, some of the alumni/professors competed. Watching them break the egg was hilarious. Upper tri students and alumni/professors couldn’t have the egg roll off the speeder board, either. So even if they didn’t break the egg and it rolled off, they were out!

On Thursday, I attended Dr. Nightengale’s session “How does My Diet Influence My Cancer Risk?” I thought it was interesting to hear her talk about what should be on your plate. Some of the foods included: salmon (with garlic and turmeric), berries, grapes, green tea, wine, walnuts and roasted broccoli with olive oil. I’m currently in Biochemistry II and we are learning about the different pathways (Krebs, glycolysis, fat burning, etc). I’m excited to get further along in the program so I can take the nutrition classes. Growing up, for dinner we would always talk about what we would eat as sides with our meat. Now looking at the plate, really the meat should only be about a quarter of the plate.

Dr. Nightengale also recommended a few apps that she uses or that she has heard of. A few of them are: Is My Food Safe? (free), Food Keeper (free), Cronometer, Foodle and Figwee. I haven’t had a chance to download any of these apps yet, but I know we’ll talk about them again in her nutrition class.

I also had a chance to walk through the vendor section (expo) in the gym on Friday. I picked up some BioFreeze and Theraband kinesiology tape from two of the vendors. I also won a roll of Rock Tape (kinesiology tape) and a ticket to enter to win a speeder board. I took a kinesiology taping seminar last trimester and have found it really helpful with taping some of my friends with edema in their extremities!



PASS sessions, yoga and pets

My dog, Guinness.

My dog, Guinness.

Saturday morning was a busy morning! With a general pathology exam on Wednesday, our PASS (Palmer Academic Success Service) tutor held an extra session this morning reviewing chapter two. The PASS sessions have been extremely helpful for me, mainly to hear the information for a second time and to hear it explained a different way. A lot of the tutors also have different ways to remember topics and tips for what the professors focus on! This makes studying for exams a little less stressful. Most of the PASS sessions take place during the week after classes or in between classes.

Right after PASS my friend picked me up from school and we headed to yoga in the park at Vander Veer Botanical Park. This trimester I’ve started taking yoga classes again at One Tree Hot Yoga as a stress reliever from school. There are a few different studios in the area, and there’s a free yoga class on campus Saturday morning, which I haven’t had a chance to attend yet. The yoga class in the park is free every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. through the summer. There are all different levels of people who attend, and the instructors are great at showing different ways to modify positions for all levels!

After yoga, I spent the remainder of the afternoon reviewing for my general pathology exam and spending time outside with my dog, Guinness. My brother, who is in 6th trimester, also has a dog. Since I have a fenced-in backyard, he’ll bring his dog over to play. I love having my dog at school, and it’s a great reason for me to take some breaks and spend time outside with him. There are also a few dog parks in the area. Since I have the fenced-in backyard, I tend to play fetch with him at my place. But I do know of some friends who take theirs dogs to those parks to run around.

For those of you wondering, there are a number of people who have pets at school. From what I’ve heard from others, people are more likely to get a pet after the first year is over so they have more time for them.




Picture of my dog, Guinness.

Redband and practicals

Redband coffee ... yummm.

Redband coffee … yummm.

Week four of the trimester flew by, and I can only imagine how quickly the rest of the trimester will go. Today (Thursday) we had our first palpation practical on the pelvis. Over the weekend and last night, a few of my classmates and I got together to practice finding specific landmarks (PSIS, ASIS, etc.) along with the testing (fluid motion, seated flexion, etc.). I am starting to find these landmarks much easier with practice and am becoming more confident with then!

I remember the first day struggling to find the inferior and inferior PSIS. I am sure that as I go further along in the program, palpating different features will continue to get easier. Then I’ll look back and wondering why I stressed out over these practicals.

During the practical, there’s no talking, except when you’re performing the test and showing the landmark to the professor. Palpation is probably one of my favorite classes because it’s all hands-on compared to sitting all day. The hour always flies by! Just like I know my time at Palmer will fly by, but I’m excited to have more hands-on classes.

The test only took each person about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. And then we had the rest of the time for ourselves. I walked to Redband with two friends. If you’re not familiar with Redband Coffee, they have two locations, and one is a quick walk from campus. And they have some amazing iced coffee! If you are a coffee drinker, I highly recommend checking them out. I also love their breakfast sandwiches!


Welcome to Jen, one of our new bloggers!

By week three of classes, the quizzes already started! I’ve been told this past summer break was longer than normal, which was four weeks. This was my first summer break starting at Palmer, and normally they summer breaks are three weeks long. The first two weeks back at school were a little hard getting back into the swing of things after spending the past month in Wisconsin with my family. But it feels good to be back and on a regular schedule.

Last trimester I joined the only sorority on campus, Sigma Phi Chi. With Homecoming just around the corner, we had to gear up the house for all of the visitors and graduated sisters to come back. I’m excited to be a part of Homecoming and see what it all has to offer! Stay tuned to see my posts within the next few days regarding Homecoming events I attend!

During the last weekend in Davenport there were the Bix and RAGBRAI events. There were bands downtown Friday and Saturday night, which was a nice break from studying and good to get out with some fellow classmates. Friday night we saw the band Electric Shock, which played AC/DC songs. I’m a big fan of AC/DC, so I thought the show was great!

I’m excited to share my journey with all of you!