Study or learn about vaccinations?

Last Friday I was going to go to Animal Chiropractic Club but realized I had a quiz and decided I should probably study for that. Then someone told me Dr. Michelle Barber was speaking on vaccines for Pediatrics Club, so I was conflicted and decided to go listen to Dr. Barber.

She’s one of the professors on campus and teaches microbiology, public health and toxicology. She’s a wonderful speaker and always has really great information and great things to say. Every time I’ve heard her speak somewhere I’ve learned something new and always take away something really valuable. There was a really great turn-out for her discussion, which will be in two parts. The second part is Friday at the 9:20 club hour.

Vaccination is always a touchy subject among our profession, and all I want to say is make sure to gather as much information and learn as much as you can to back whatever your stance is on the subject. There’s always stuff to learn on any topic, and this tends to be one that people have very strong opinions about. It’s just important that you have good research and good knowledge to back your point of view.

But that’s beside the point. What is really awesome is that we have such supporting faculty that even in their spare hours they are still willing to come and teach us about things they have researched. What’s even more amazing is the amount of people who are on a break are still so eager to learn that they sit through more lectures, gathering more information to make them the best doctors they can be.

It’s just really cool to be somewhere where the faculty genuinely cares about the students enough to give up their free time for the students. Dr. Barber is also shaving her head to raise money for children with cancer, which is really cool. Palmer is full of remarkable people, and I couldn’t be more proud of where I am.

-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

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

Meeting a legend: Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall, primatologist (Jeek, Wikimedia Commons)

Jane Goodall, primatologist (Jeek, Wikimedia Commons)

It has been a busy couple of days but not in a bad way! Monday  some friends and I went and saw Jane Goodall (the famous primatologist and conservationist) give a speech, and it was one of the most inspiring and uplifting lectures I have ever heard.

She is an incredible woman and I am so happy to have found some of my Palmer family to share that with. We stood in line for almost two hours to get her autograph in one of her books, which I am very eager to read.

We got back to Davenport around midnight and had to get up for class at 7:30 a.m.,  so the day was very long and very exhausting, but it was more than worth it.

There will always be someone else here that is interested in the same things as you. I promise you, you’ll be able to find someone to do non-chiropractic related things with you, and I think that’s awesome!

The Activities Fair was Tuesday from 8 a.m. – noon. All of the campus clubs set up tables in one spot, and you could check out what each one has to offer and see if you would like to attend their meetings and see what it’s about. I worked at the Sigma Phi Chi table for a little bit promoting our trimesterly social but then ventured out to explore which clubs I might want to dabble in this tri.

I think I am going to check out the Philanthropy Club, Pediatrics Club and the Animal Chiropractic Club. But there are so many other clubs, there has to be at least one to suit your interests. Some people suggest trying different ones each week to see which ones you will continue to be a part of.

The last thing the day had in store for me was Zumba. The classes are just getting started back up again this trimester. If you aren’t already on the Zumba train, I suggest you get there now. We had an awesome time, and the instructor is extremely energetic. Right now it is only offered once a week, but if we get enough people interested, she will start another class for us so we can have it twice a week. So please come check out Zumba! If you’re worried about looking crazy, don’t worry, I for sure look crazy.

– Allisha