Finals and break

(written during finals week) Ah, finals are finally upon us. Which means two things: Goody bag Friday and endless studying. Goody bag Friday was a success. Although I showed up kind of late because I had a later final, and I didn’t get a yellow Laffy Taffy or Snickers like I had hoped. The pink Laffy Taffy and Milky Way did just as fine, though.

Unfortunately, the endless studying hasn’t been going as well. I seem to be very easily distracted this trimester when it comes to studying. Like right now I should probably be studying, but writing this seemed more appealing.

We are over halfway through finals, and I have two more to go before the break starts. Both finals are for my Technique classes. The last one is tomorrow at 8:55 a.m. Then I have to see a patient in the rehab department, and then I am free to relax and not think about school for the next ten days. Then boards scores come in, and I will either be celebrating a lot or crying a lot. Either way the break should be a great one. I’m going to Des Moines to shadow a doctor in the area, and I’m going to think about doing some things for my wedding. We will see, though. I might just do a lot of sleeping.

Halloween is at the beginning of the tri like usual, but this time it’s on a Friday which means costumes. I am going to finish up my costume over break, and my friend and I are going to pass out candy to the neighborhood children and find costume contests to enter! Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’m happy I finally get to partake in the festivities!

For now I must get back to studying! Happy finals week!


Boards are over!

Boards are finally over. Things are officially starting to slow down for this trimester, and I am finally able to get back to a normal routine.

We took National Boards test last weekend. It was, as Boards normally are, exhausting. I tested Friday through Sunday, and we got a rest day on Monday (no classes). So this week was a short week, but I came back to two patients a day, two tests and a couple practicals and quizzes, so it was still pretty busy.

Yesterday was Founder’s Day! Happy 119 years to chiropractic! The school had a little celebration today. I was not able to attend on account of having to cram for my test today.

Within the last two weeks not much has really been happening besides a lot of studying and preparation. Now that that is over, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and trying to remember how to study for regular exams!

I was able to make it back to hot yoga this week, but I still haven’t gotten caught up on sleep! This weekend I am headed to Ames/Des Moines to go bridesmaid dress shopping with my cousin. I think we are also going to go to a world food and music festival, so that should be a nice treat!


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.


Activator, a hog roast and Redband coffee

Redband Coffee Company (photo from

Redband Coffee Company (photo from

This weekend was quite busy. I had a lot of things to attend, but being the beginning of the trimester, it usually is busier with events.

The elective I am taking this trimester started last weekend, so I was in class from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. learning all I could about the Activator technique. I have no real experience with Activator Methods, so it was all new to me and very interesting. We had a lot of hands-on in the course since Activator does a lot of pressure checking and stress checking. This is just the basic course. There are two other courses that get more in-depth, but those aren’t offered on campus.

Even though it was a short week, it seemed really long having just gotten back from break and trying to get into the swing of things (then having class all day on Saturday and Sunday). I made it through class, and I learned a lot, so we celebrated Saturday night at the Delta Delta Pi annual hog roast.

Every year DDPi puts on a hog roast for all students during the summer trimester to welcome everyone back to classes. I’ve been to two now, and both have been a lot of fun. This one was special in particular because we had a lot to celebrate that night. It was my friend’s birthday, another friend had just competed in Talk the Tic, we were starting another trimester, and another friend was back in town.

They had a lot of really great food and later in the night there was a special performance by Axis and Atlas. Axis and Atlas are a band that a couple 6th trimester students put together not that long ago, and they make special appearances at various events on campus. This is the second time I have seen them play. They have also performed at Homecoming. That was a lot of fun. They did a great job. Everyone was really into the music, dancing and having a good time.

Redband breakfast sandwich (photo from

Redband breakfast sandwich (photo from

Sunday it was back to the classroom at 8 a.m. to jump right back into Activator Methods. My friend and I had to take a short break and get some breakfast, so we grabbed a breakfast sandwich from the Redband Coffee Company downtown. Let me tell you, that sandwich was delicious. If you haven’t had one of those yet, you better get down there ASAP and try their breakfast sandwiches.

After we had breakfast, we were full force ready to jump back in and start learning again, at least for a short while. We finished up learning the rest of the basic protocal and practiced the rest of the afternoon. We forfeited our lunch break to get out of class at about 1 p.m., and I went home and napped for a real long time. Once I was able to get out of bed, I went to hot yoga, got my butt kicked, came home and had to start studying.

Although it was busy, it was a great weekend! The next couple of months are going to be just as busy with a lot of fun things going on. It’s a great time to be in Davenport, Iowa!


Exams, TIC and Faculty Appreciation Day

(written 5/28/14) We had a long weekend last weekend it having been Memorial Day weekend. I spent the weekend doing a lot of napping and very little studying. I had all intentions of using our extra day for extra studying, but it ended up being incredibly hot in my apartment, so I decided sleeping most of the day was more appealing.

The majority of our testing is done, just a few more practicals and quizzes left, and then we set into finals. I will start studying for those sometime this week. Although with this week being a short week, I’m losing track of time more quickly and less studying gets done. Either way, it was nice to have a little bit of a break before I need to jump into the hectic week that we call finals.

Today was Faculty Appreciation Day, which means not only do we get to recognize the important people on this campus that make this program possible, we also got free food! It was awesome, and I ate way too much. On today’s menu we had chicken and burgers. Three different types of burgers turkey, beef and black bean. The turkey burger and chicken were delicious. We also got salad and a bag of chips, which were also just as equally as good.

Tonight is the “Talk the TIC” competition where students get up in front of the student body and give a 10-minute talk about chiropractic and health. The students that attend get to vote on a winner, then the finalists get to present at Spizz Night, and the winner at Spizz gets to go on to compete against other schools in Atlanta, Ga. I will not be competing, but I have a friend that is, so I will be there to cheer everyone on and come back to tell all of you about it. I believe there are nine students competing, and I know a few of them personally and think they will all do very well.

Only 2 weeks and one day until SUMMER!!!


Lunch on the Lawn!

Lunch on the Lawn

Lunch on the Lawn

This week we had lunch on the lawn! That means that the Palmer Clinics, Student Services and the Marketing & Communication Department bought all the students lunch! This was done last year to showcase the brand new tent that the College had bought and uses at promotion events. It’s quite a nice tent. It has the school’s logo and some pictures, I think. I can’t quite remember I just remember it looking nice.

So lunch was set up outside the Welcome Center. There were tables and buffet-style hot dogs and bags of potato chips. You also got your choice of water or soda. There were three options: regular hot dog, veggie dog and turkey dog. I decided to try out the turkey dog, and I was not disappointed. I also had a bag of Doritos and water.

I do enjoy lunch, but I enjoy it even more when it’s free. So I am very appreciative of our free lunch. It was a bit chilly outside, but it wasn’t raining, so I ate my lunch outside quickly then hurried back inside where it was warm to study.

I also finished my second observation in the clinic today, which was really neat. I remember being in first trimester and thinking, “Oh, man, those guys are so cool, they’re in here observing and about to take over in the clinic. I’ll never get there!” Now I am there and still feel like I’m in first trimester and I’m not sure if I should be in the clinic yet. Except I have a white coat, so that’s where I am definitely supposed to be, despite being terrified that the past two years have went that quickly and still feeling like there is still so much more I need to learn.

It’s less than a month until the end of the trimester, and I might have just had a mini panic attack realizing that right now. There is still so much to do … how will we get it all done?!?! Alas, the closer finals get, the crazier Palmer students get. I mean that in the best way possible.

I can’t wait for it to warm up more consistently so studying outside becomes an option. We do have a lovely courtyard to study in! Hopefully it happens before finals. Tt would do me some good to get off this couch and see sunlight once in a while. Sunlight or not, the studying must go on! So I shall get back to it!

Here’s a link to a photo gallery from the Lunch on the Lawn, if you’re interested.


It’s National Library Week!

(written Tuesday) It’s Tuesday! Which is suppose to mean that it’s Spine and Go Seek Tuesday, but I left the apartment in a hurry today and completely forgot it was Tuesday … thus forgetting the squishy spine to hide!

Once I got to school and realized I had forgotten it, I was completely bummed. It’s National Library Week, though, so the Library has a lot of things going on. (Check out their Facebook page for details.) So hopefully people were too distracted by that to miss our squishy spine scavenger hunt.

Next Tuesday we will be back at it again! It will give me extra time to think of a good place to hide it! It was suppose to be getting nicer, so outside options were going to be available until it started to snow again yesterday. Maybe someday spring will show up here in the Midwest!

Tuesday also means Zumba day! If you haven’t come to check it out yet, I highly reccommend it. We always have so much fun!

I didn’t get a chance to check out the Libraries activities yet this week, but I think they are doing various trivia (prizes for just participating! so head over that way), I believe there is a drawing for a bigger prize for those that submit the right anwers to their trivia questions, and one day I read they’re looking for students to take selfies with their favorite resource tool. I study down in the second floor Library sometimes, and they have really cool cherry blossom decorations made out of book pages all over the library it looks great. They also have pictures with a little information about all Library staff on the front window, so head down there and check that out and thank those wonderful ladies for all they do for us!


My first pelvic adjustment!

(Written Monday)

I got to do my first pelvic adjustment today! It’s so exciting to be in the classroom adjusting this early into the trimester. In Toggle and Cervicals, we weren’t able to adjust until the last couple weeks of the trimester, and here we are a little over a month into the trimester and we’ve been able to adjust in both of our technique classes.

I have said it many times before, adjusting days are just the best, and whether it’s the first adjustment you’re giving or the fourth, it’s still just as exciting.

Sixth trimester is a lot more hands on, so you’re not sitting in the classroom listening to lectures as much throughout the day. It makes the days go quicker. Tonight I have radiology lab at 6 p.m. I’m not sure what we’re doing in tonight’s lab. Then I have a couple exams and quizzes to study for this week.

It’s a short week with the holiday break, so that is always good news. After last week, a long weekend is needed, although I have to go to the dentist on Friday. But regular dental check ups are just as important as regular spinal check ups. Since I get adjusted once a week, the least I can do is have my teeth checked every six months. Overall health is the best kind.


An extremely busy week

Last week was an extremely busy one, but it came to an end and I survived it. I got my picture for my clinic badge taken this week. I’m one step closer to taking care of patients!

We had five exams last week, which was slightly stressful but now that they are all over, it doesn’t seem like it was that bad. I went to zumba again on Tuesday but didn’t make it to step aerobics because I needed to study.

Wednesday was adjusting day in our pelvic class. I was the patient this first time, and it was my adjusting partner’s birthday, so I let her adjust me as a birthday present. 🙂 I will hopefully get my oppportunity on Monday.

Friday we got to do a physical exam on some kids in my OB/peds lab. Which posed to be a lot more difficult than I had originally expected. Kids like to talk and move around a lot, and it’s hard to say (chiropractic) things in a way they can understand. The little girl we were working with was a trooper. It was good practice for realizing how you’re going to deal with these real life situations where people aren’t necessarily going to understand what you’re saying to them. We get so accustomed to talking to our peers that understand our chiropratic language that when we go out and talk to people outside of the Palmer community, we forget we have to change our word choices. Same goes for interactions with children, and I thought it was be easier than it ended up being.

Friday night I went to Board Game Club to wind down from the busy week. And we actually enjoyed some nice (though windy) weather this weekend!


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