Busy week, more tests

This week is incredibly busy. Three practicals, two quizzes and three tests. We were fortunate enough to have two exams moved to next week, so we didn’t have five this week. We will get through it; we’ve done this before … we just usually end up collapsing on Friday. I’m also going to try and get a couple observations in this week among studying.

National Board scores also came out this week. I didn’t take them this time around. I’ll take them in September, but I have quite a few friends that had to take them this trimester. I’m rooting for them. I’m sure they all did awesome! But it just puts things into perspective that I’m going to have to start studying for Part II real soon.

Potentially the best case scenario is that I will make myself start gradually over the next June break, but I said I was going to do that for Part I and it didn’t happen. Sadly, you never feel prepared enough for the National Board exams.

A nice end to the week will be Board Game Club. We’re playing a Game of Thrones game that is pretty intense and potentially going to take us 4-6 hours to play. We haven’t played this one yet. We had to set up a special event to get together to get this one played because it takes so long.

I had to miss the softball game last weekend, since I had a wedding to go to. I heard our team didn’t win, but they played a good game. I’ll be there for the next game on Saturday, though! We’re gonna make a come back, I feel it. It’s nice that it’s getting warmer. There’s going to be a lot more going on in the Quad Cities, and the weekends will get a lot busier to match up with our busy weeks. We’re about a month from finals already–seems crazy. Times goes way too fast here. We’ve learned to manage time by the number of exams we have in a week rather than days.

Well, it’s time to get started!

-Allisha

The most challenging experience of my life

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa

Hi, I’m Allisha. I’m a 5th tri student at Palmer’s Davenport, Iowa, Campus. I’ll be sharing my Palmer experience with you, so please come back to check it out. I’ll be posting a couple times a week.

Here goes …

If I had to describe my past five trimesters at Palmer, I would say that it has been the most challenging experience of my life. It has also been the most rewarding experience of my life.

It’s challenging in ways that can’t be taught. It’s something you have to figure out on your own, something that comes with the reward of this profession. I think the challenge has been the most essential contributor to why Chiropractic means so much to me.

It’s very clear to me now that this career path isn’t meant for everyone; it takes a certain kind of person. It takes dedication, strength, passion, motivation, love and, most of all, it takes determination. These were all traits I wasn’t sure I had before I got here.

In the past 17 months I have grown in myself with this profession not only to love what I have learned, love what I have become, but mostly to love what I will do for other people. It is really hard that first year to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought I would see it through all the textbooks, exams and notes. I assure you, it’s there waiting for you, and what is on the other side is one of the most incredible feelings you’ll ever experience.

Nothing can compete with the excitement you feel when you perform your first adjustment. Nothing is more rewarding after all those exams than actually seeing the results from your patient seconds after that first thrust.

You’re here to change people’s lives, and I believe you will do just that. That is exactly what I came here to do and even though there were many days when I didn’t think I could handle any more and days I questioned whether I was in the right spot, I realized Chiropractic chose me. I am exactly where I need to be, and there is no better place then right here.