An extremely busy week

Last week was an extremely busy one, but it came to an end and I survived it. I got my picture for my clinic badge taken this week. I’m one step closer to taking care of patients!

We had five exams last week, which was slightly stressful but now that they are all over, it doesn’t seem like it was that bad. I went to zumba again on Tuesday but didn’t make it to step aerobics because I needed to study.

Wednesday was adjusting day in our pelvic class. I was the patient this first time, and it was my adjusting partner’s birthday, so I let her adjust me as a birthday present. 🙂 I will hopefully get my oppportunity on Monday.

Friday we got to do a physical exam on some kids in my OB/peds lab. Which posed to be a lot more difficult than I had originally expected. Kids like to talk and move around a lot, and it’s hard to say (chiropractic) things in a way they can understand. The little girl we were working with was a trooper. It was good practice for realizing how you’re going to deal with these real life situations where people aren’t necessarily going to understand what you’re saying to them. We get so accustomed to talking to our peers that understand our chiropratic language that when we go out and talk to people outside of the Palmer community, we forget we have to change our word choices. Same goes for interactions with children, and I thought it was be easier than it ended up being.

Friday night I went to Board Game Club to wind down from the busy week. And we actually enjoyed some nice (though windy) weather this weekend!

-Allisha

Sorority and step aerobics

sororityhouse

The Sigma Phi Chi sorority house

I am a little late in writing these next couple of posts. Last Thursday there were a couple of events I went to that I just wanted to talk about a little bit.

The first was the step aerobics class I believe I had mentioned previously. Sofia, the same girl that teaches zumba started doing a step aerobics class on Thursday. This was the first time it had been offered, and it was the very first class. She said it was her first time teaching a step class and she was very excited. She’s such an awesome dance instructor, so energetic and she’s good at what she does.

This was also the first time I had ever taken a step aerobics class. I wasn’t exactly sure what step aerobics entailed, and, man, was I in for a treat. It was a whole lot of fun … but halfway through I was sure I was going to collapse! I still have no idea how I made it through the whole class. I’m also not sure I’ve ever worked out that hard in my whole life.

Even though I struggled to get through it, I had a lot of fun and plan on going again this week. Can’t get better unless you keep at it!

After step aerobics I had to be at the trimesterly welcome social at the sorority. We offer this get-together every trimester just to welcome the new ladies to campus and have beverages and snacks. We like to get to know the new students on campus, and we also welcome D.C. students wives to come join us. We had a good time and met a lot of great people.

One of our alumni came down for the event from Wisconsin to hangout and talk with us, which was really cool. We were able to talk to her for a while about all kinds of different things. She told us about the practice she built and retired from, what she’s out doing now, what it was like when she was at Palmer, and shared some insight into what to expect and watch out for once we’re out in practice.

It is really cool to be able to connect with alumni and get an idea of all the things we have to look forward to. All of the Palmer alumni I’ve ever spoken to have been super helpful and excited about helping students and still enthusiastic about Chiropractic. It makes me proud to someday be a part of that group and be able to talk to future students and tell them all the hard work they’re doing 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.

-Allisha