A new tri begins

I'm not the only one who hates getting up early!

I’m not the only one who hates getting up early!

We are a couple days into the trimester and even though we only had about ten days off, I am struggling to get back into the swing of things. I forgot what 7:30 a.m. felt like after that break!

It looks like I am entering yet another really busy trimester, but this is the one where we really start to get prepared for entering clinic, so I imagine it will be exciting and frightening all at the same time.

I had a very productive break. I did a lot of relaxing and went on a mini vacation with a friend from 4th tri. Board review (National Boards) starts at the end of this week, which will make for very long days, but it is nice to catch up with stuff you may have forgotten in the past two years. It is also nice to get ahead on thinking about boards. I don’t take Part II until September, but I am sitting in on the board review now for the first time, so hopefully I will be more prepared for when boards actually come. It will be here sooner than I realize.

SPIZZ Night is on Friday, which is always a good time. They give you dinner and a chance to check out some clubs on campus and various vendors. Then you get the opportunity to listen to some professionals out in the field talk about chiropractic–they get everyone fired up. The event is hosted by the Alumni Office, and there is also a give-away of several prizes, including a portable table. Unfortunately, I have to miss this trimester due to the board review but if you can make it, it is always worth it. It is the perfect thing to get you fired up to start a new trimester.

On Monday some friends and I are going to go to Iowa City (about an hour from the Quad Cities) to hear a lecture Jane Goodall is giving at the University. Though not Chiropractic related, it is science related and should be fascinating.

The first month back is usually a busy time, there is a lot going on and a lot to do try and check out as much as you can!


Half way there! Plus finals and free breakfast fail

Finals week is coming to a close. I am just about to take my last final of the trimester, biomechanics. Then I will be heading home for a few days … then off to to spend a few days in Las Vegas to celebrate officially having successfully completed half of the D.C. program!

breakfastWhen I tell people back home that I’m half way done, I get less than excited responses, mostly like, “Really? Only half way?” But let me telll you, being half-way is exciting! It’s a pretty big accomplishment, and I have been working hard for it! It actually hasn’t set in yet. I still kind of feel like I’ve only been here for a year. Everyone will tell you it goes by so quickly, and in first trimester you’re like there’s no way this is taking forever! You don’t actually start to believe until you’re taking your last final of fifth trimester, and you’re, like, “Where has the last year and some odd months gone? I can’t be half-way done yet … there’s still so much I need to know! But, alas, I am here, I have done and  I am one step closer to being there! It’s an exciting time!

We got another, like, 5 inches of snow on Monday. Luckily finals weren’t affected, but the free breakfast dinner was moved to Tuesday night. I went at 8 p.m. on the dot, and the line was wrapping around the Cafeteria. It was insane the amount of people that showed up. As more people came and saw the line, more people got discouraged and a lot of people left. I was probably another 10 people from getting my food when all my friends decided to leave. Half went to Village Inn the other half went to Texas Roadhouse. I got suckered into leaving my stop in line for a FREE breakfast to go to Texas Roadhouse to PAY for dinner. It was okay, though. I got to have dinner with a friend who is leaving soon to precept near Chicago. From what I heard, though, the free breakfast was good, and a lot of peopled showed up so it seemed like a success. Although I did hear they ran out of food so people that came later missed out. It’s important to be on time! You get free food that way!

Today my tea bag told me that “Failure is success if we learn from it.” I really hope it’s not an indication of how my exams are going to go, but on any other day it is a good reminder to just keep trying and don’t let small set-backs stop you from your dreams.


Finals are here … and inspiration on a tea bag

Who knew you could get inspired by a cup of tea?

Who knew you could get inspired by a cup of tea?

Today is the last day of regular classes! Finals start on Friday. So these last couple of days we are just finishing up notes and practicals.

There hasn’t been much going on this week besides a lot of studying. We don’t have classes Thursday, so we can have one day before finals to study, which is really nice. Friday we get free goody bags filled with candy, snacks and fruit to get us through our exams. I love goody bag day.

On Monday, Student Services is giving us breakfast for dinner–two of my favorite things! Like I said, things are just winding down right now. I don’t have much to report. I will hopefully get a chance to adjust my cervicals partner today then I will have something more to talk about. Until then I will leave you with quote that came on my tea bag this morning:

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Follow your dreams and only surround yourself with people that support you in your successes.


Brrrrr … but in a good way! Kinda.

(Note: This post was actually written Thursday, Jan. 23)

Yay! Another too cool for school day! By cool I mean freezing cold (way below zero without factoring in the windchill), not I’m too cool for school and I skipped. Skipping is not good; don’t do it unless absolutely necessary. Luckily, with this freezing weather, the exam, practical and quiz that I had scheduled for today were moved until Monday. Which means I get to use this “snow” day to actually just relax and browse notes at my own leisure! It is 2:03 in the afternoon, and I have not left the comfort of my own bed. It’s too cold, and there’s no better place.

Get to know this guy really well--especially his spine!

Get to know this guy really well–especially his spine!

From my understanding, the second trimester kids got a treat today and had their Spinal Anatomy exam moved. You will hear lots of things about Spinal Anatomy. All I will say is I genuinely enjoyed the class. When I took the class, it was also in the fall trimester and we had an exam the Thursday before one of the breaks. We had the worst blizzard of the year that day, so our exam was pushed back to after break–which also meant having to study spinal over the break. Now most people would be excited for more study time, like in the case of my physical diagnosis exam for Monday. Not when it comes to spinal anatomy, though, after you have already prepared and prepared (and hopefully you have) and you’re just ready to take the exam and be done with it. So I was super disappointed when I had to continue to study and come back and take it. Either way, the experience was non-traumatic, and I obviously made it out okay because in just about a month I will be halfway done with the D.C. curriculum, I still love the profession, I still love this school and I still love what I do everyday.

Once you get  here, you’re going to hear a lot of things and get a lot of advice from other students. My advice on this is be choosy about what you believe. Everyone has their own levels of difficulty. If someone tells you a class is super easy and not to bother studying until a couple days before, take it with a grain of salt and find out for yourself. Never wait until a couple days before to prepare for any exam. Your idea of easy is not the same as someone else’s. You both don’t have the same background or learning style, so what comes easy to them may not come easy to you. When you choose to believe those things, then end up not preparing like you should and not doing as well as you like, then you start to get bummed out because that class was suppose to be easy! Don’t let those things get to you; everyone has a different class that they struggle with.

On the other end, there will be classes that people say are incredibly hard. Spinal II will no doubt be on that list. Those words of advice may freak you out and make you nervous, but just study hard and find out for yourself.

All in all, just try to enjoy your time here. It’s going to be challenging and it’s going to be tough, but it’s also going to be amazing. You’re going to have so many incredible opportunities and meet some fascinating people and make some of the best friends you’ll ever have. Embrace yourself and embrace chiropractic.


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…