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

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

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.)

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

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.

-Allisha