The trimester winds down

We are getting down to the last few weeks of the trimester. Things are winding down and getting wrapped up within the next three weeks. We are getting all our final practicals, quizzes and tests out of the way before finals approach. Gladly, it actually hasn’t been very busy and won’t be for my trimester until finals. We only have a few things a week, which is a nice change. I’ve been seeing one or two patients a day in the clinic, which has been a lot of fun. I get to do my first physical/re-evaluation on one of my patients at the end of this week. It’s just been kind of a steady month this month. Boards studying and exams took up most of the month, and it’s kind of been smooth sailing since.

Alligator

Gator!

Last weekend I went to Ames/Des Moines (Iowa) to visit my cousin and go bridesmaid dress shopping. We had a lot of fun just hanging out. It was a nice break from the craziness of school. On Saturday night we went to the World Food and Music festival in downtown Des Moines. I tried a gyro, tacos, crab ragoons and a couple different dishes from Ecuador. It was all very delicious and a lot of fun. There were food vendors for all sorts of countries. I just wasn’t brave enough to try the crazy things! They also had salsa dance lessons and various bands playing throughout the night. It was a really cool festival, and there were a lot of people there trying a lot of different things. My cousin tried to get alligator bites, but luckily they were out when went to buy them because she was going to make me try them!

Now it’s just trying to stay focused and not check out too early before finals. There is still quite a bit to do!

-Allisha

BaconPalooza … and studying for boards

Burlington BaconPalooza

News clipping featuring my bacon-eating friend, Dave.

Last weekend was the first weekend I was able to get away from school for a little bit in about a month, so I went back home to spend some time with family.

We had a very belated birthday party for me and my soon-to-be sister-in-law. It was nice to be able to have a a family get-together after such a busy month of school and clinic preparations.

Saturday a couple friends from school drove down to Burlington to join me at the first ever Burlington BaconPalooza for all things bacon-related. We had bacon mac and cheese, bacon poppers, bacon cookies, bacon tater tots, flavored bacon, bacon popcorn and bacon-wrapped meat. The best part was when my friend, Dave Connick (6th trimester), entered the bacon-eating contest. He was challenged to eat pounds of bacon in five minutes. Without any doubt he, of course, won. He took home the trophy and a bag of bacon-flavored popcorn that was the size of me.

Is this bacon heaven? No, it's Iowa.

Is this bacon heaven? No, it’s Iowa.

It was a lot of fun and nice for me because it took place in my hometown, but it was also not too far away so my friends from Davenport could come down and enjoy the festivities.

Saturday night was just as exciting. I had a family get-together will all of my family members that I don’t get to see very often, plus a cousin I had never met before. I left after the get-together to get back to Davenport so I could get in some quality boards studying on Sunday.

That’s exactly what I did all day. Granted, I didn’t wake up until after 1 p.m., but from then on, I studied most of the day. Unfortunately, that’s all I’ve been doing with my free time this week. Can’t study too much for boards, that’s for sure.

-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

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

My 1st trimester at Palmer, cont’d

1st Trimester continued:

When we left off last, we were discussing the academic load of 1st trimester. I’m a older student at Palmer, and the average age seems to be 23-25, so being 35 (sadly) I don’t retain academically as well as I use to. The one thing I found out most about being here is that with the course load comes stress. It took me 2 months to realize I needed a reduction in my schedule, despite the recommendations of Dr. Newman in the PASS Program.

Most of the students here have just school to worry about, and others here have their families to help them through the months, but there are a few of us here that are single parents, and I came here with my 12-year-old son. And being a single father going through Palmer is extremely hard. Even though I took a reduction in my schedule in my 2nd month (I went from 20 to 14 credits), in all honesty I thought I could have skimmed through my course with bare minimum. Well, partly due to the fact I thought I was smarter than the school had to offer … lol WRONG!

I found out that if you’re not doing well by the 2nd exam, you may risk re-taking that course in the next trimester. Unfortunately, I didn’t get serious until the 2nd month, and by then my struggles became a nightmare, and I failed a few classes.

My advice to those coming into Palmer would be this: Get a support group ASAP, study at least a week ahead of schedule for ALL classes, and if the course load is too much and you’re that stressed out with what your taking, get a reduced schedule quickly. It’s not a race, and you’re here for your education not everyone else ….

 

– be blessed…

My 1st trimester at Palmer

1st Trimester:

You know how others that have been there before you try give you that advice that will help guide you in the right direction before you get there?

That was how it started for me. Advice from other doctors and people that had recently gone through the struggle. I took a year off of school to shadow a doctor in Lake Worth, Florida, before leaving for Palmer. Now I kinda thought there wasn’t a big difference between undergrad and graduate schools, but I was sadly mistaken, as I was soon to find out.

I arrived in Davenport in the middle of Feb. 2013 and had around 2 and half weeks before classes started, so I killed time by getting my son ready for his own school and getting settled into our new place. On March 6 I had orientation and learned I had a class of 62 students. From what I was told, this is much smaller than the normal classes that are around 100+ students.

My schedule for first trimester was 20+ credit hours that consisted of classes starting at 7:30 a.m. and ran till 2:30 p.m., accept on lab days, which put me in school till 5 p.m.

1st Trimester classes:

  • Neuroanatomy 1 and lab
  • Embryology
  • Spinal anatomy 1
  • Gross anatomy 1and lab
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Philosophy 1
  • Information literacy
  • Evidence base chiropractic
  • Neurophysiology 1
  • Rights and responsibilities

Sounds easy right?!? Well, sort of … Stay tuned!   😉

Today I talk about following your dreams …

New blog from Iowa …

Every human being on the planet wants to be happy. Anything that anyone desires is because they think their desire will make them happy. Whether it is health, money, a loving relationship, material things, accomplishments, a job, or anything at all, the desire for happiness is the bottom line of all of them. But remember that happiness is a state inside of us, and something on the outside can only bring fleeting happiness, because material things are impermanent.

Find your joy, and all else follows.

Permanent happiness comes from you choosing to be permanently happy. When you choose happiness, then you attract all the happy things as well. The happy things are the icing on the cake, but the cake is happiness.

I’m proud to say, ‘I’ AM LIVING PROOF’ that with hardwork and determination ‘YOU’ can fulfill your dreams and goals. Make your mistakes, learn from them, and enjoy the journey toward your goals.

I told everyone for years, that I would be a doctor, and now I’m living in Iowa attending the best chiropractic school in the country. Working toward the next chapter in my Book of Greatness. Those who know me, know the pain and struggles I endured to be here, and for these lifes lessons, I’m forever grateful …. lesson learned life, thank you.

Palmer College of Chiropractic Student and Future Physician.

-William

HELLO CAMPUS!!!

(originally published 1/11/13)

Very exciting news that I got recently! Last week I received my class schedule and orientation schedule that I will be attending on March 4, 2013.

I must say, they aren’t kidding when they talk about “owning” you the first year. I will have 11 classes my first trimester (with labs) and around 32 credits in total. My first class at 7:30am (which made me choke on my drink) is Neuro-Anatomy, and is quite the wake-up call as a first class. I can honestly say these aren’t any introductory courses ….

Regardless of the courses it’s still very exciting to finally be going into something that I have completely struggled to obtain over the last 4 years. Moreover I obtained a very nice apartment near campus that Palmer currently owns. So check this out! 1000+sq ft. all utilities included except electric for…wait for it…. $550 per month WHAT!!! I must say Palmer is taking very good care of their student body thus far (no complaints).

For the most part I’m now 31 days away from my move to Davenport, IA. And the anticipation is building for this most epic event. At this point the only thing I’m waiting on is my award letter from financial aid, and the verdict on my scholarship. I’m keeping you posted as fast as everything unfolds here in Florida. I’m still working on a video blog to send in, but for some reason I keep making myself laugh every time I get started, and it’s not coming out right. So in the mean time, I’ll just write it out.

Peace off!

– William

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