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!
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.
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!
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!
When 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.