It’s National Library Week!

(written Tuesday) It’s Tuesday! Which is suppose to mean that it’s Spine and Go Seek Tuesday, but I left the apartment in a hurry today and completely forgot it was Tuesday … thus forgetting the squishy spine to hide!

Once I got to school and realized I had forgotten it, I was completely bummed. It’s National Library Week, though, so the Library has a lot of things going on. (Check out their Facebook page for details.) So hopefully people were too distracted by that to miss our squishy spine scavenger hunt.

Next Tuesday we will be back at it again! It will give me extra time to think of a good place to hide it! It was suppose to be getting nicer, so outside options were going to be available until it started to snow again yesterday. Maybe someday spring will show up here in the Midwest!

Tuesday also means Zumba day! If you haven’t come to check it out yet, I highly reccommend it. We always have so much fun!

I didn’t get a chance to check out the Libraries activities yet this week, but I think they are doing various trivia (prizes for just participating! so head over that way), I believe there is a drawing for a bigger prize for those that submit the right anwers to their trivia questions, and one day I read they’re looking for students to take selfies with their favorite resource tool. I study down in the second floor Library sometimes, and they have really cool cherry blossom decorations made out of book pages all over the library it looks great. They also have pictures with a little information about all Library staff on the front window, so head down there and check that out and thank those wonderful ladies for all they do for us!

-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

Feeling a bit lazy but ready to study

Spine ... with cheesecake

Spine … with cheesecake

The second Spine and Go Seek was a success! I had it with me at the Sigma Phi Chi bake sale next to the cheesecake I made last night. The girl that found it just picked it up becasue she thought it was cute, read the sign and was really confused as to what to do next, so it took some prompting for me to get her to take it down to the Marketing Department. She was pretty excited and loved her goody bag.

It’s Zumba night, but I’m having a lazy day and I think I will skip. The girl that teaches Zumba is starting to do a step aerobics class on Thursdays, so I think I will start going to that.

Next week is starting to get busy. I think we have about 6 exams next week. This week will be a lot of preparing for next week.

Let the studying begin!

– Allisha

My new adjusting table is here!

My new adjusting table!

My new adjusting table!

Yesterday I picked up the adjusting table I ordered from the Bookstore! It is the prettiest shade of purple.

I had to recruit some people to help me walk it over to my apartment because the box was heavier and bigger than I could handle. I took it to my apartment on my 9:20 a.m. break and didn’t get home until 5 p.m. because of zumba, so I didn’t get to open it until I got home.

I walked through the door and started tearing through the box just to look at it. I was able to get it set up in my bedroom because it wouldn’t fit any where else in my small apartment. It barely fits in my bedroom, but obviously I’m willing to squeeze around it so I can look at it every day.

I took a picture and sent it to everyone so they could share my excitement, and I had a couple people say, “That’s really pretty, but what is it?”

Once you’re here for a while you forget the outside world doesn’t understand some of the things we forget is pretty specific to our profession. Then, of course, once you get here everyone likes to ask us to adjust them … and showing everyone my new table only increased that request, even though I have numerous times explained that we are not allowed to adjust outside of the clinic. I assured them they can come see me in the clinic soon enough. As exciting as that is, it is also frightening!

Spine and Go Seek winners … and more zumba

The winners of the first bout of #SpineAndGoSeek!

The winners of the first bout of #SpineAndGoSeek!

Today we had our try-out round of Spine and Go Seek and despite some minor hiccups we got everything in place. After only a few hours, our squishy spine was found and returned to the Marketing Department! From what I am told, it was three second trimester students who found our spine, and I hear they were quite excited.

Unfortunately, we had the wrong clue posted* so they ran around campus not sure where to go until they were given a hint. Then they had no problem finding our hiding spot. Everyone seemed real pleased with this game, and I’m excited to find a new place to hide the spine for next tuesday! If you’re not on board with the spine and go seek game you really should be. This is the picture of our first winners–they looked so excited! Although I went easy on you guys this week, maybe next week I’ll put it somewhere a little more discreet.

National Boards are coming up this weekend. The bad news is Boards are this weekend. The good news is I don’t have to take them this time so I get a long weekend to catch up on school work and start studying. I will also be catching up on some TV shows and seeing a movie or two.

We had Zumba again in the gym and had a really great turn out. I bet there were 20 people or more there. Enough to where we were running low on room. Hopefully more people will show up so we can have another class during the week. We had a really good time, and I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow! As I have mentioned before about not being able to do a push up, I’m also not very good at doing planks. After a while, my arms just couldn’t handle anymore, and I fell onto my stomach. Can’t say I didn’t try, though! Hopefully by the end of the trimester I can do the whole workout without needing a nap afterwords!

– Allisha

(*Note: I work with Palmer’s social media manager in Marketing. She’s in charge of posting social media stuff and the blogs.)

What’s Spine and Go Seek? Find out Tuesday!

Look for one of these around the Davenport Campus on Tuesdays!

Look for one of these around the Davenport Campus on Tuesdays!

There are going to be a lot of new cool things coming your way, guys, real soon! We came up with a lot of really good, fun ideas that we want to put into play real soon. My favorite though is one inspired from a friend that took our original idea and made it awesome!

We are going to start a “spine and go seek” Tuesday (#SpineAndGoSeek). On Tuesdays during the  9:20 a.m. hour, I am going to strategically hide a squishy vertebra (like a stress ball, but a Palmer vertebra!) somewhere on campus and take a picture of it. The photo will then be uploaded online to Facebook and other various social media sites. Then you guys have the chance to find it! Take your picture with it where you find it, then go to the Marketing & Communication Department (first floor of the Administration Building–off Friendship Court) and receive a prize!

I think it’s going to be really fun. I’m kinda sad I’m the one hiding them because I’d like to play! That’s one of the many great ideas we came up with. You guys will probably end up seeing and hearing from me a lot more in the months to come!

As for the remainder of the week, Board Game Club is tomorrow night! My cousin and her boyfriend are visiting, so I’m making them come with me. I know everyone will have a good time. Tomorrow, I’m going to check out the Animal Chiropractic Club! I will let you know how awesome that is!

– Allisha

New kid in town

(originally posts on Palmer’s Student Blog 12/28/12)

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is William Fleetwood, and I will be new to the (Davenport) area as of February and will be attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in March. I’ve been asked to document my journey while attending Palmer and even into the future as a practicing physician. By doing, this I plan to give a different prospective through my point of view and sharing it with others (such as you all).

I’ve spent the last year shadowing a Davenport Campus alumnus here in Florida, and gaining much insight and knowledge into what it takes to run a practice. I’m 44 days from my move to Iowa now, and I’m equally as excited as much as I am nervous about coming North. I’ve never seen snow, so this whole winter thing will be a first for me in its true meaning. I have much to share with you all, so stay tuned for my postings.

Thank you for your time today – PEACE OFF!

– William Fleetwood, future Palmer student