It is that time of year again where we’re getting to the end of the trimester and the Campus Guides are preparing to say goodbye to some great friends and fellow Guides and welcome in the new ones.
Each trimester students who are interested go through an application process if they are interested in becoming a Campus Guide. If they’re selected, they go through a training program where they learn how to walk the walk and talk the talk. They spend late nights at the school and long hours learning all about Palmer’s history and the ins and outs of the school so they can share their knowledge with those who visit us. And when they have finally completed their training, we all get together to celebrate and share some good stories about the training and the newcomers to our group!
This year we had some awesome speakers with Dr. Alana Callender and Julie Knaak, who work in the Palmer Family Residence (known to most alumni as the Palmer Mansion), and they shared with us some great songs about chiropractic, including songs about Palmer! We had a great time and lots of laughs listening to the old tunes and dancing in our seats!
We also had the pleasure of getting some “words of wisdom” from Dr. Michelle Barber, which was full of random and funny things to help us get through life!
We don’t get together as a group to hang out as much as we should due to our busy schedules, but I thoroughly enjoy spending time and sharing a meal with such great people! I love my fellow Guides, and I’m so happy I got involved in such an awesome organization! It has really helped me to get a better grasp on the history of chiropractic and an understanding of where this profession has come from and why there is so much SPIZZ and so much excitement about where it is going. On top of that, it has helped me to be able to share this with other students and visitors on campus while I polish my philosophy and delivery when speaking to a group.
I even won myself an award this trimester–the “Above and Beyond” award for my efforts towards the group! It really isn’t hard to put time into something you truly enjoy doing, but, nonetheless, I am honored to be recognized!
(Written 6/3/14) Well, it was a plenty early morning for me today. With the heat we have been having, I have been getting up in the morning to make sure my dog Sota (Siberian husky) gets some exercise before he is left alone all day. On a typical day, this has me up and out of the hour by 5 a.m. so I can run for 45 minutes and still have time to cool down and shower and get ready for the day. But today was my first Campus Guides meeting as a new Guide! The meeting started at 6:45 a.m., so I was up at 4:30 a.m. to take Sota out and still have time to get ready! And you know, I actually don’t feel too bad right now. But I’m just waiting for that wall to come where I can’t hold my eyes open around 1 p.m. today.
Today’s meeting was full of a few introductions, but we didn’t get to crazy because we have a banquet tonight as well, so they were saving a lot of the speaking and things for tonight. But we did talk about graduation and orientation. As a Campus Guide, one of our duties is to help during graduation, basically acting as an usher and also giving Mansion tours. We talked about where everyone would be and what their responsibilities for the weekend were.
Another thing we do is give tours at new student orientation. I was quick to put my name down for this event, because I think it’s the thing I’m looking forward to most because I’ll be able to meet the new students coming in and feel their excitement and be able to help them and answer any questions they might have, just like I did on my first few days here.
I think Campus Guides made their biggest impression on be during my new student orientation. I was finally here, and it was finally setting in that this is what I was going to be doing and it was all very new and confusing and the Campus Guides really helped me feel more confident and calm about everything. I hope I can do the same for the new students!
So I had my third session of Campus Guides training. Campus Guides is a group of students at our school who play a large role in welcoming guests, visitors and new students to the school and showing them around, answering questions and sharing the Palmer story and philosophy.
To become a Campus Guide, there is quite the selection process full of essays and interviews and finally a rigorous training program to make sure you maintain a professional manner, know how to handle unexpected questions and situations, and learn more about Palmer history and the school so you can give tours around campus.
We’ve gone through more mock tours of the campus, where myself and the other new guides in training give tours to each other and to our Guides trainers who help us make sure we are staying on the correct course of the tour and remembering to talk about certain key points at each stop along the tour.
You wouldn’t think giving a tour of a place where you spend so much time would be that difficult, and it really isn’t, you are right. It’s pretty much just like telling a story of a regular day here, but as a younger trimester student, there are things I have not yet done or seen and places around the school I don’t go very often. For example, the clinic. I go there for appointments of my own but I don’t know as much about it from the point of view of a person who is in 7th trimester or above and the process of how clinic works is still a bit confusing to me so it might be harder to answer questions about those things.
Also, about Technique classes. I’ve only had one Technique class thus far, so I am not sure exactly how the other classes are, but having this training gives me some insight into how those things work so I can share that with others.
By the end of this trimester, I will have completed my training and will officially become a Campus Guide. I will be giving tours of the school and of the Palmer Mansion (which is a topic for a whole new blog), and I will be getting the opportunity to meet new students and alumni and share the Palmer story.
When you visit a Palmer campus, you’re sure to meet a Campus Guide
I decided to apply for Campus Guides, and today I gave a tour to two people who are already Guides so they could evaluate my personality and knowledge about Palmer. It was a little bit awkward, talking to two people who you already kind of know and who are already Palmer students but acting as if they don’t know anything about Palmer.
They sent us a packet to read over before the tour so we would know what the route is and some things they wanted us to talk about. But for as many times as I read it over and walked through the tour in my head, it still came out differently than I wanted it to. For some reasons in a good way and for some reasons not so much. I made a few mistakes and I couldn’t answer all my questions, but overall it went pretty well.
The Guides were encouraging and said that I did great! Next week I have my interview, and then I will find out after that if I will be accepted for a position as a Guide! I have my fingers crossed for this position. I think it will be a great way to meet some new people and share my experiences at Palmer with others, just as the Guides did for me when I was visiting the school trying to figure out if this was the right place for me.
And I am sure glad I had the chance to meet with them, because I am loving it here and I can definitely say they made me feel welcome and confident in my choice even before I was enrolled.