Holiday Party fun

Friday was the Palmer Holiday Party! Every December, Palmer puts on a holiday party for all the students to go out and have a good time. I like to think it’s to celebrate all our hard work.

I had just finished my rotation at the Outreach Clinic and still needed to pick up some jewelry for my outfit and start getting ready. My friend was having a get-together before hand that started at 6 p.m. Another friend and I ran to the store then back to my place to get ready. We had an hour and half, plenty of time to run to two stores and for two ladies to get ready. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

We showed up to the pre-party an hour late. But it was fine; we had brought lots of snacks with us. We had fun playing some board games and taking lots of pictures before we headed down town.

A couple friends and I stopped by another pre-party on our way to the Redstone Room for more snacks. The Holiday Party started at 8 p.m., and I think we got there around 9:30 p.m., but I had been behind the whole day so that was inevitable. I was surprised that when we got arrived, there was still a decent amount of appetizers still there. This was my third time attending the Holiday Party, and I had never made it in time for the appetizers. Unfortunately I had filled up on snacks at all the other parties, so I only ate a couple pieces of pineapple when I got there.

The party was a lot of fun. It’s a lot of dancing and hanging out with friends, and we get to dress up nice. We ladies love a good reason to wear a dress. The school brought in a band from Chicago that was really good; they played great music and sounded awesome. We danced until midnight, and it looked like everyone was having a really great time. Everyone loves the “Palmer Prom!”

– Allisha

Spizz Night and more

Chiropractic meme

What’s “Spizz”? It’s excitement about chiropractic!

We recently had Spizz Night. I was only able to stay for the vendor fair and the dinner before my friends and I left for a girls’ weekend in Wisconsin. Spizz Night went really well, from what I saw. There were a lot of people there. We got into the food line early, but when we were leaving, the food line went all the way to the other side of the building, which I have never seen before.

From what I heard, there were a couple phenomenal speakers there, too. I had a friend say it was one of the best Spizz Nights she had been to. The tacos were delicious, like always. There were several clubs there again. They were also doing a coat drive; if you brought a gently-used coat, you could get put in a drawing for a portable adjusting table, which is pretty cool.

I was there working at the Sigma Phi Chi information booth. We had a lot of people come by. There were several visiting potential students there, too. There must have been a campus visit going on that weekend (there was the next day). From what I heard from the visiting students, they seemed to be having a good time.

My friends and I left at about 5:30 p.m. to head to Wisconsin to do some shopping and just hangout with my friend’s family. It was a nice break before our OSCE exams. I have my radiology part next week and the clinical part the first week of December. So I have to start studying for that really soon!

Killer clowns and zombies … must be Halloween!

Last Friday my friends and I got into the Halloween spirit and hit up a haunted corn maze! It was in Princeton, Iowa, about a half hour from Davenport. It’s called Haunted Carter Farms

It's Halloween time!

It’s Halloween time!

, and they have a smaller haunted house and a haunted corn maze. We had a group of about 13 people come with us. It was $2 off with a student ID, too. Bonus!

So we got there, and first we went through the haunted house, which was clown themed–and several people were not too excited about that. (Luckily I’m strong and fearless and don’t scare easily.) That being said, I don’t like to be vulnerable, so I stayed safely tucked between two people who were more scared than I was.

The haunted house was really cool. They had a lot of special effects, so at one point you felt like you were in a hypnotic time machine tunnel. It was also 3D, which I had never seen before. The paint splatters on the wall were 3D everywhere, and there were 3D creepy clowns coming out of the walls. There were also real killer clowns jumping out and stuff, which wasn’t too bad except they had these really high-pitched awful laughs. I found that more intriguing than scary, I couldn’t figure out how they laughed that high-pitched and loud.

The next portion was the corn maze, not in 3D but still really cool. It was zombie-themed, I think. At one point there were giant porcupines and goblin type creatures, too. There were zombies, lots of zombies. And we had several people in our group that are quite scared of zombies. I just find they’re misunderstood. Although they weren’t too keen on talking to me. They looked at me like I was the crazy one.

We got to the goblin-like creature, and I was pretty sure he was a goblin. But every time I asked if he was a goblin, he shook his head at me and looked at me like I was insane. See the trick is to not let them know you’re scared; they target you if they know you’re scared. A couple people in our group were a little too scared, so we got followed a lot.

I was most impressed with the props and costume, though. They put a lot of thought and time into them. They looked really legit. It was a lot of fun, and I suggest it to anyone that likes the spirit of Halloween.

-Allisha

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.

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

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

Game night! Sometimes it is all fun and games

Photo from Yestertimeblog.com

Photo from Yestertimeblog.com

I struggled to think of something to write about today, then I realized I could tell you about a couple cool things going on this week! Well, mainly today (Friday). The Sports Council Club is putting on a putt-putt golf tournament where each different club or department in the College is going to build their own putt-putt hole throughout campus. The students then get to take their best shot at all the holes and win cool prizes for just going! They are raffling off a Bookstore gift basket, some Theraband products, a couple textbooks and, most importantly, a portable adjusting table. I am pretty excited for this. Not many people know this, but I ‘m pretty good at putt-putt. We got a little taste of the festivities in my NMS class yesterday. Dr. Tunning and Dr. Vanetta had set up a practice hole in the class room and gave a couple people a go at it. I hear Dr. Tunning has been practicing all week for it. He says he’s just promoting the event, but I think he’s trying to get a head up on everyone. I will let you know how it went next week!

The second thing happening today is Board Game Club. It’s a new club that was formed at Palmer this trimester, and they’ve only met, like, three times. I only got to go the first time. We meet in the Cafeteria Friday nights and play board games for hours. It’s so much fun! I’m excited I ‘ll be able to go again this week. Last time I went we played Scattergories for two hours and laughed the whole game. There are always a wide variety of games to play, and it’s just a lot of fun getting together with friends for game night. You get to meet people from a variety of trimesters who all share the same love for board games, like myself.

This is only a snippet of what some of the clubs at Palmer. There are so many more, and they all do really great things. I suggest trying all of them out and seeing which ones peek your interests. It’s a really great idea to get involved with clubs right away. You’ll learn so much and be thankful that you have. Just don’t get too involved and overwhelm yourself by taking on more than you can handle. If that does happen, always be sure to ask for help. There is always someone willing to help.

-Allisha

Enough with the polar vortex!

The polar vortex has struck again! Monday was cancelled, and today we had a two-hour delay, which on Tuesdays is really a three-hour delay because the 9:20 a.m. hour is club hour (no classes). This would have been the fourth cancellation we’ve had in one trimester. I’m not 100%, but I’d have to say this is a record. (Note to those in year-round warm-weather states: Winters in Iowa may be cold, but these extreme cold temps are not normal.)

At first it was awesome having surprise days off. Now it’s causing more trouble than good. We’re about three weeks from finals, and we’re four days behind in most classes. We’re really having to speed things along in every class so we are prepared going into finals. I’ve heard a lot of people saying they’re worried we aren’t going to get through the necessary material in time. So as awesome as having a surprise day off may seem, it will come back to get you in the end.

Playing catch up in seven or more classes isn’t the most pleasant experience, but we always seem to get through it. Then we get a nice break to relax and do something fun. Which is exactly what I recommend–spend  your breaks doing something fun. Travel, go on mini vacations, go on real vacations, relax, take time for yourself, visit family. Do whatever you can to get away for a little bit. If you don’t take time for yourself while you’re here and get away, you may possibly drive yourself mad.

Roller coasters at Adventureland--they also have a waterpark.

Roller coasters at Adventureland–they also have a waterpark.

A few things I have done on breaks to ground myself are going to Des Moines (we went to the amusement park Adventureland), took the train to Chicago for a weekend, visited my cousin in Ames, and took a weekend trip to St. Louis (all these places are between three and four hours away from campus). During the upcoming break, to celebrate having made it half-way through the program, I am treating myself to a trip to Las Vegas.

There are a lot of cool places to go that are just a few hours away from the Quad Cities to re-group after spending all your time focused on school. I find it very important to take time for yourself so you don’t get burnt out. This is a very demanding program, and some days you’ll just need a break. That way when  you come back your refreshed and ready to jump back in and get back to learning. Whether you believe it or not, the first time I went on summer break, which is our longest break (about three weeks or so), by the end of the break I was ready to get back into my routine and just get back here and start learning again. There will be days you  have no idea why you’re here, then you will leave for a little bit, and you’ll miss it. You’ll be ready to get back at it, because all along you’ll know this is where you really want to be.

-Allisha