Campus visit memories

Saturday Campus Visits include the very cool interactive classrooms.

Saturday Campus Visits include the very cool interactive classrooms.

I was on campus this weekend and was able to see the Saturday Campus Visit (we have about three big ones a year) set up and watch clusters of potential students roaming the halls, and it  brought me back to my campus visit.

I did a Saturday Campus Visit in March and came with my mom. We were both more than impressed with how nice everyone was and how enthusiastic the doctors that spoke to us were. I thought it was super cool that we got to go into the CNS lab and they actually had specimens out for us to look at and even touch if we wanted to. After visiting the interactive classrooms, we ate a really good lunch, I can’t remember what it was exactly but I do remember it being delicious (the cafeteria has a lot of really good food, but that’s for another day).

I had then set up a meeting with my Admissions representative to figure out when I could actually start the program and what classes I still needed to take. We found out I was able to start a few months before I had originally expected, which was really exciting but also really scary at the same time. My Admissions rep was super nice and had been talking to me for, like, two years prior to my visit to answer my questions and help me decide what I needed to do to get started. She was extremely helpful from the first time I contacted her in high school.

We ran out of time and weren’t able to do the campus tour, Mansion tour or bus tour, which I really wish we would have done. So if you are looking into doing a campus visit, make sure you make time for those things. They are definitely worth it. The Palmer Mansion tour especially.

Saturday night they were having hors d’ouvres and a get-together meet and greet to just talk with more people from campus, answer questions and talk with other potential students. By the time we had gotten back to the hotel after just the campus visit we were so tired, we layed down for a nap and missed the Saturday night get-together!

We had a really good time though, and the minute I stepped onto campus, I knew it was where I was suppose to be and am so happy with my choice.


Take my advice … sleep!

Don't let this be you!

Don’t let this be you!

Tuesday was a mildly uneventful day. We get those from time to time. Although uneventful, it was still quite busy. I didn’t get home until about 11 p.m., which is past my bed time.

One of my first pieces of advice is to never sacrifice sleep. You may think you should pull an all-nighter to study, but if you go into the exam dead tired, the all-nighter will do you more harm than good.

Which leads me to my second piece of advice: time management. This will be one of the most important things to learn as soon as you get here. The faster you learn to manage your time, the less stressed out you’ll be and the more successful your experience here will be.

This whole week ended up being busy. I personally had four quizzes, two practicals and one exam. So right now my time management skills need to be in their prime. Which they aren’t right now. I was in class until about 4:30 p.m. yesterday and then had to hit the gym. That’s a new thing for me but not because I’m setting myself up for a New Year’s resolution failure. It finallly hit me that I only have six months before I have to start wedding dress shopping, so if that’s what it takes  to get me to start being healthy, so be it. And I can’t tell my patients to start living a healthy lifestyle if I’m not doing it myself.

After the gym I had to make a pit stop at the grocery store so I could eat for the next couple of weeks, which is also important. I picked up a lot of brain food, also important. After my two-hour trip to the grocery store, my friends and I had another get-together to run through our cervical set-ups to prepare for our practical Wednesday. So by the time I had done all these things It was about 11 p.m., and I still had to study for my quiz.

But don’t worry or get overwhelmed–this program is designed to prepare you for weeks like this. And once its over, you realize it actually wasn’t that bad. Plus, in the end, it will be more than worth it.

– Allisha

Brrrrr … but in a good way! Kinda.

(Note: This post was actually written Thursday, Jan. 23)

Yay! Another too cool for school day! By cool I mean freezing cold (way below zero without factoring in the windchill), not I’m too cool for school and I skipped. Skipping is not good; don’t do it unless absolutely necessary. Luckily, with this freezing weather, the exam, practical and quiz that I had scheduled for today were moved until Monday. Which means I get to use this “snow” day to actually just relax and browse notes at my own leisure! It is 2:03 in the afternoon, and I have not left the comfort of my own bed. It’s too cold, and there’s no better place.

Get to know this guy really well--especially his spine!

Get to know this guy really well–especially his spine!

From my understanding, the second trimester kids got a treat today and had their Spinal Anatomy exam moved. You will hear lots of things about Spinal Anatomy. All I will say is I genuinely enjoyed the class. When I took the class, it was also in the fall trimester and we had an exam the Thursday before one of the breaks. We had the worst blizzard of the year that day, so our exam was pushed back to after break–which also meant having to study spinal over the break. Now most people would be excited for more study time, like in the case of my physical diagnosis exam for Monday. Not when it comes to spinal anatomy, though, after you have already prepared and prepared (and hopefully you have) and you’re just ready to take the exam and be done with it. So I was super disappointed when I had to continue to study and come back and take it. Either way, the experience was non-traumatic, and I obviously made it out okay because in just about a month I will be halfway done with the D.C. curriculum, I still love the profession, I still love this school and I still love what I do everyday.

Once you get  here, you’re going to hear a lot of things and get a lot of advice from other students. My advice on this is be choosy about what you believe. Everyone has their own levels of difficulty. If someone tells you a class is super easy and not to bother studying until a couple days before, take it with a grain of salt and find out for yourself. Never wait until a couple days before to prepare for any exam. Your idea of easy is not the same as someone else’s. You both don’t have the same background or learning style, so what comes easy to them may not come easy to you. When you choose to believe those things, then end up not preparing like you should and not doing as well as you like, then you start to get bummed out because that class was suppose to be easy! Don’t let those things get to you; everyone has a different class that they struggle with.

On the other end, there will be classes that people say are incredibly hard. Spinal II will no doubt be on that list. Those words of advice may freak you out and make you nervous, but just study hard and find out for yourself.

All in all, just try to enjoy your time here. It’s going to be challenging and it’s going to be tough, but it’s also going to be amazing. You’re going to have so many incredible opportunities and meet some fascinating people and make some of the best friends you’ll ever have. Embrace yourself and embrace chiropractic.


My top 5 reasons for choosing Palmer

Photo by Tim Richardson

Photo by Tim Richardson

I hope that some of you reading this blog are considering coming to Palmer soon. Some of you may already go here, and some of you might know someone that already goes here or is thinking about going here.

I actually started at Palmer in July of 2011 with the undergraduate program. For those of you considering that option, let me help you weigh out the pros and cons.

What is nice about the undergrad program is that you get familiar with the campus before your first day so you’re not lost at 7:30 in the morning looking for CNS. You also start to make friends sooner, so you already have a social network started before you are thrown into a classroom with 100+ people that you don’t know.

You get to start experiencing events on campus sooner and going to clubs. You learn more of the philosophy of chiropractic by being around the upper tri students more. You’ll also build relationships with upper tri students sooner who will be able to provide you with advice and tools that will help you once you’re ready to get started.

The downside to starting with the undergraduate program is you’re away from your family longer. At first you still don’t know anyone (classes are smaller, though, so you get to know the people in your classes better). Lastly, once you actually start the Doctor of Chiropractic program, you feel like you’ve already been here for forever.

I am very happy with my decision to come here early and take undergrad classes. I was able to finish up my bachelor’s degree while in the D.C. program.

Now for those of you that may already have your bachelor’s and are looking to start the D.C. program right away, let me give you the reasons I chose Palmer in Davenport:

1. I was completely blown away at my campus visit. I came to a weekend visit and enjoyed every minute of it. If you haven’t done a campus visit yet, do it!

2. Everyone on campus was so nice and helpful. And guess what? It stays that way after you become a student!

3. This is The Fountainhead, meaning that I can walk six blocks and stand on the exact spot where the first adjustment was given. There is even a plaque on 2nd and Brady streets about it.

4. There are pieces of history in every hallway. On this campus, we get to follow the chiropractic story first-hand, from touring B.J. and Mabel Palmer’s residence (also known as the “Mansion”) to the reading the wise words spoken by famous chiropractors, which are all over the walls (the epigrams have become some of my favorite pieces of Palmer).

5. Every Chiropractor I talked to said that Palmer was the only place worth attending. Doctors that didn’t even graduate from here have been known to say this same thing.

I hope some of these reasons will prompt you to at least come pay us a visit and see it for yourself. You wont regret it!


The most challenging experience of my life

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa

Hi, I’m Allisha. I’m a 5th tri student at Palmer’s Davenport, Iowa, Campus. I’ll be sharing my Palmer experience with you, so please come back to check it out. I’ll be posting a couple times a week.

Here goes …

If I had to describe my past five trimesters at Palmer, I would say that it has been the most challenging experience of my life. It has also been the most rewarding experience of my life.

It’s challenging in ways that can’t be taught. It’s something you have to figure out on your own, something that comes with the reward of this profession. I think the challenge has been the most essential contributor to why Chiropractic means so much to me.

It’s very clear to me now that this career path isn’t meant for everyone; it takes a certain kind of person. It takes dedication, strength, passion, motivation, love and, most of all, it takes determination. These were all traits I wasn’t sure I had before I got here.

In the past 17 months I have grown in myself with this profession not only to love what I have learned, love what I have become, but mostly to love what I will do for other people. It is really hard that first year to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought I would see it through all the textbooks, exams and notes. I assure you, it’s there waiting for you, and what is on the other side is one of the most incredible feelings you’ll ever experience.

Nothing can compete with the excitement you feel when you perform your first adjustment. Nothing is more rewarding after all those exams than actually seeing the results from your patient seconds after that first thrust.

You’re here to change people’s lives, and I believe you will do just that. That is exactly what I came here to do and even though there were many days when I didn’t think I could handle any more and days I questioned whether I was in the right spot, I realized Chiropractic chose me. I am exactly where I need to be, and there is no better place then right here.

Summer break!

So here IAM a Palmer student, finally living the dream! 2nd trimester begins in July 2013, and I’m currently on summer break for 3 weeks. You may be asking what there is to do here in Iowa, and honestly I haven’t figured that part out– YET–but I will. And when I do you, will be first to know. I’m still in need of my GPS to get around, but I’m getting better, I can now make it to and from Wal-mart without using my GPS.

Due to me failing a few classes and being on reduced schedule, 2nd trimester is going like this:

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Embryology
  • Spinalanatomy
  • Biochemistry

And one or two more courses to even me out around 12-14 credits. You have to maintain 12 credits to be considered full-time and get all your aid.

In the mean time, it’s Saturday and I’m going to enjoy my last few weeks off before I get back into the grind.

– Be blessed…

My 1st trimester at Palmer, cont’d

1st Trimester continued:

When we left off last, we were discussing the academic load of 1st trimester. I’m a older student at Palmer, and the average age seems to be 23-25, so being 35 (sadly) I don’t retain academically as well as I use to. The one thing I found out most about being here is that with the course load comes stress. It took me 2 months to realize I needed a reduction in my schedule, despite the recommendations of Dr. Newman in the PASS Program.

Most of the students here have just school to worry about, and others here have their families to help them through the months, but there are a few of us here that are single parents, and I came here with my 12-year-old son. And being a single father going through Palmer is extremely hard. Even though I took a reduction in my schedule in my 2nd month (I went from 20 to 14 credits), in all honesty I thought I could have skimmed through my course with bare minimum. Well, partly due to the fact I thought I was smarter than the school had to offer … lol WRONG!

I found out that if you’re not doing well by the 2nd exam, you may risk re-taking that course in the next trimester. Unfortunately, I didn’t get serious until the 2nd month, and by then my struggles became a nightmare, and I failed a few classes.

My advice to those coming into Palmer would be this: Get a support group ASAP, study at least a week ahead of schedule for ALL classes, and if the course load is too much and you’re that stressed out with what your taking, get a reduced schedule quickly. It’s not a race, and you’re here for your education not everyone else ….


– be blessed…

My 1st trimester at Palmer

1st Trimester:

You know how others that have been there before you try give you that advice that will help guide you in the right direction before you get there?

That was how it started for me. Advice from other doctors and people that had recently gone through the struggle. I took a year off of school to shadow a doctor in Lake Worth, Florida, before leaving for Palmer. Now I kinda thought there wasn’t a big difference between undergrad and graduate schools, but I was sadly mistaken, as I was soon to find out.

I arrived in Davenport in the middle of Feb. 2013 and had around 2 and half weeks before classes started, so I killed time by getting my son ready for his own school and getting settled into our new place. On March 6 I had orientation and learned I had a class of 62 students. From what I was told, this is much smaller than the normal classes that are around 100+ students.

My schedule for first trimester was 20+ credit hours that consisted of classes starting at 7:30 a.m. and ran till 2:30 p.m., accept on lab days, which put me in school till 5 p.m.

1st Trimester classes:

  • Neuroanatomy 1 and lab
  • Embryology
  • Spinal anatomy 1
  • Gross anatomy 1and lab
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Philosophy 1
  • Information literacy
  • Evidence base chiropractic
  • Neurophysiology 1
  • Rights and responsibilities

Sounds easy right?!? Well, sort of … Stay tuned!   😉


(originally published 1/11/13)

Very exciting news that I got recently! Last week I received my class schedule and orientation schedule that I will be attending on March 4, 2013.

I must say, they aren’t kidding when they talk about “owning” you the first year. I will have 11 classes my first trimester (with labs) and around 32 credits in total. My first class at 7:30am (which made me choke on my drink) is Neuro-Anatomy, and is quite the wake-up call as a first class. I can honestly say these aren’t any introductory courses ….

Regardless of the courses it’s still very exciting to finally be going into something that I have completely struggled to obtain over the last 4 years. Moreover I obtained a very nice apartment near campus that Palmer currently owns. So check this out! 1000+sq ft. all utilities included except electric for…wait for it…. $550 per month WHAT!!! I must say Palmer is taking very good care of their student body thus far (no complaints).

For the most part I’m now 31 days away from my move to Davenport, IA. And the anticipation is building for this most epic event. At this point the only thing I’m waiting on is my award letter from financial aid, and the verdict on my scholarship. I’m keeping you posted as fast as everything unfolds here in Florida. I’m still working on a video blog to send in, but for some reason I keep making myself laugh every time I get started, and it’s not coming out right. So in the mean time, I’ll just write it out.

Peace off!

– William