I decide to join the softball team

Softball players

See these ball players who know what they’re doing? They’re not me. 🙂

This weekend, aside from the soft tissue elective, I also signed up to be on our class softball team! Saturday night was our first game.

We felt pretty lucky because it had been a really nice day it was warm we figured that it’d be great weather for the game.We played at 8 p.m., and it had gotten incredibly windy by the time we were suppose to play. You could see the dirt on the field blowing in the wind. But regardless of wind and temperature, we were going to play!

While we were all freezing, we started the game. And it started off pretty well. I should probably tell you, I’m not very athletic. The last time I participated in a team sport, besides cheerleading, was 5th grade, and I’d never played softball. I’m pretty sure before Saturday I had never even held a softball.

So being as I had never played before, I was appointed team catcher. I was apprehensive because I wasn’t too cool with the idea of the ball basically being thrown at me, but my team assured me that’s not how softball works so I took the position.

Turns out I am decent at being a catcher, besides having to use my whole body to throw the ball back to the pitcher (it made it to him most of the time). The other times I’m going to blame on the wind.

Anyway, at some point we were even winning the game! Then (I’m going to blame it on the wind again) it seemed like every ball that was thrown was not to the batter, and a lot of the other team were able to walk. Somehow we had gotten pretty far behind, but it was okay because we were up to bat and it was last bat and we could have come back from it! Except we didn’t. We lost 13-6.

The game was called either to weather or time limit, and we had to accept our loss. Regardless of the loss, we had a really good time. And for my first time ever playing softball, I’d say it was a success. I mean I made it around the bases once, so I’m taking that as a success story.

It was a lot of fun. Even if you’ve never played or you’re not that good it’s something fun to do and you should join a team! Just beware if you’re not very athletic like myself and you’ve never played softball before be prepared to be incredibly sore the next day. Good thing I had that soft tissue elective the next day, because I was struggling to move the next morning.

Clinic observations start next week!

The entrance to the student clinic, the Campus Health Center.

The entrance to the student clinic, the Campus Health Center.

(Note: This post is from last week)

It was nice to be able to take some time for family and relaxing during our long weekend (Easter). These next couple of weeks are generally pretty mild. I’ll need to use them to catch up on projects and homework assigments. It seems that you don’t really have homework or assigments until you get into the upper trimesters.

Tonight is Zumba again! I am quite proud of myself for actually only missing once since it has been offered this trimester. I remembered spine and go seek this week also!

This weekend is the first weekend for the soft tissue elective I am taking so I will be in class from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, but it should be really interesting. I am excited to be able to start taking electives. I think next trimester I am going to try and take Thompson and Activator. It’s starting to hit me that I really don’t have much time left here, so I need to start soaking up and learning everything I can.

We just went over dress code and requirements for our observations we have to do in the student clinic. Observations start next week! It has come so quickly, it’s hard to believe that next trimester I will be taking care of patients.

I was looking at my schedule for the rest of the trimester and I couldn’t believe April was almost over. And I realized how quickly this trimester is coming to an end! I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it still feels like just yesterday that I moved to the Quad Cities. Doesn’t usually feel like it during the first year, but once you’re preparing to go into Level 1 Clinic, you look back and all you can think is, “Wow! That really did go fast.”

I think I will go buy my clinic jacket this week!

My addiction … cookies

imageI  need to take a minute to tell you all about one of my favorite things on campus. The chocolate chip cookies! Not the cookies in the cafeteria, which are also quite delicious but the cookies they sell in the Student Union Starbucks Cafe.

These chocolate chip cookies are the perfectly soft and taste exactly like cookie dough. I have no idea how they make them so perfect, which is probably a good thing because I would make them and eat a dozen a day. I already eat more than I probably should, and being as they are larger than the average cookie, I need to limit mysef.

It never fails, everytime I see them resting on the counter, I have to get one. Today, for example, I made an extra trip home to get money just so I could have one. I justified it today because I am going to step aerobics tonight, so I pre-earned it?

I may be crazy saying it, but I’m pretty sure they are probably the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. They also sell monster cookies, which everyone says are super good monster cookies. I personally am not a huge fan of monster cookies.

So whichever you prefer, I suggest you try one of these cookies. Everyone deserves a little treat now and then. Just be prepared to get addicted!

-Allisha

Crockpot freezer meals make student life easier :)

Photo from SixSistersStuff.com

Photo from SixSistersStuff.com

I wanted to share with you all something I tried out recently. I got the idea from a friend, and it’s quite brilliant. They’re pre-prepared crockpot freezer meals. This is perfect for everyone, but especially students like us who are in school literally all day and are just exhausted. Once we get home, cooking is the last thing we want to do.

The website I used had a printable grocery list with everything you would need to make eight crock pot meals separated into the category in which department you would find the ingrediants. All of the meals looked delicious, so my fiance and I decided to make all eight, and it only took a little over an hour. We split each recipe up so we each could have one bag of each meal, and it was more than enough for the both of us.

Today I made the first of the lot, it was beef stew one of my favorites. I thawed it out in the refriderator last night and this morning threw it in the crockpot until I would get home tonight to eat it. I didn’t realize how nice it is getting home from a long day at school with dinner already ready to eat right when I walk in the door. This could quite possibly be one of the best ideas I was ever given.

I suggest everyone try it you can find recipes online, Pinterest or try out the ones I made at SixSistersStuff.com. Another great thing, Now I don’t have to worry about what to pack for lunch tomorrow, because I plan on packing my left overs! You can also free up that time you normally would have spent cooking and use it for some extra studying time … or not.  😉

-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!

X-rays of wands

X-ray of my Harry Potter wand!

X-ray of my Harry Potter wand!

Today was my first radiology lab where we got to learn about the X-ray machines then take an X-ray and develop it. So we went through the lab and played around with moving the equipment around to get a feel for how to work all the buttons and the placement. Then we went into the dark room, used for developing films. What is really neat about the dark room is, well, it has to be extremely dark. There is only one red light on the ceiling because the films can’t be exposed to light until they are completely developed. What is neat is that when you go to open the drawer to put out the films it shuts off the lights so you don’t expose the films in storage and ruin all of the films.

So the TA left us to get a film prepared in the pitch black room where we literally couldn’t see anything. Luckily we succeeded in our task and make it out without anyone getting lost or injured. Then we got to actually take the X-ray. We were able to use whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t any part of a person. Well, my friend Jenna and I planned ahead and brought our electronic Harry Potter wands with us so we could X-ray them! Jenna’s is one that has sound effects and mine is a remote control for my TV.

We took the X-ray and had to go back into the dark room to develop it. This time I did get lost and almost ran into the opposite wall before I was grabbed and pulled the right way. We got the filmed developed and it looked so awesome! We took it to the library and cut it in half so we each got the picture of our own wands. We plan on framing them!

 

 

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.)

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