It's the time for pomegranates and while shopping for groceries
today I felt inclined to purchase my first one of the season. I
found that if you cut the pomegranate in a bowl of water that the
seeds sink to the bottom and the rest of the fruit floats on top of
the water. This makes it easier to get the seeds out and makes the
whole process much less messy. I also have found from past
experience that pomegranate seeds stain clothing permanently…so be
very careful when eating!!
You would think with how time consuming it is to cut a
pomegranate that I would have been more cautious when putting the
seeds into the refrigerator. Unfortunately, I set the dish full of
seeds on the edge of the counter, which got promptly knocked to the
floor. I stood there for a minute looking at the seed-covered
kitchen and decided instead of crying about the mess that I would
blog about it! Luckily I managed to salvage a small bowl of
seeds that I thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend that everyone attempt
to cut a pomegranate at least once… it really makes you appreciate
the fruit of your labor! By the way, pomegranates contain powerful
anti-oxidants that are good for blood vessel health, cancer
prevention and allergies. There are many health claims when it
comes to pomegranates.... but one thing I know for sure... they are
This weekend, my boyfriend hosted his mom who came in town from
Boston. She brought me the cutest little Patriots shirt to wear for
Sunday's game, as the family members are diehard New England
Patriots fans. Being a sport, I wore the shirt over to watch the
game, but kept my fleece zipped up to my neck until I was inside! I
can't let anyone see me in a Patriots shirt in Bears
territory! I am only kidding… I don't mind who sees me in a
New England shirt… but I do believe I was in the minority in the
city of Chicago as far as Patriots fans go!
Campus Visit Day
This weekend was the final Campus Visit Day of 2010. I spent the
whole day with prospective naturopathic students answering
questions and leading them through the various stations set up for
the day. They day started out with breakfast and a welcome from the
president, Dr. Winterstein. Then the guests split up into groups
based on their program of interest and were sent off for a busy day
of simulated patient care, sample class lectures, student and
alumni panels, and an overview of the admissions process. I always
feel honored to share my experience at National and leave the day
feeling even more enthusiastic with my decision to become a
naturopath! I remember the Campus Visit Day I attended way back in
2005 with my father that helped me make my decision to come to
NUHS… so long ago! We were definitely impressed and that is
ultimately the reason why I am here!
I hope everyone got to enjoy this mild weathered weekend, as the
cold weather will be here to stay soon enough! Until next week, be
Happy Halloween!! I am pretty sure I have overdosed on pumpkin
this weekend!! It all started with breakfast this morning being
pumping pancakes… followed by pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed
roasting and pumpkin pie baking! Now, I am enjoying the glow of my
pumpkin on the porch while watching scary movies! I normally
absolutely detest scary movies but 'tis the season! Halloween has
always been one of my favorite holidays and I fully enjoyed it this
A group of students from a local high school came to visit
National this past week to learn about alternative medicine. An
intern from the chiropractic program, and intern from the
acupuncture and oriental medicine program, and one of my fellow
clinic interns from the naturopathic program presented on our
respective programs and what each of the professions can do for
patients. Many students were fascinated about the naturopathic
program and wanted more information on how to become a naturopathic
doctor! I am so happy that young students are being exposed to the
naturopathic profession because had I known of this medical pathway
way back when I was starting out on my college career I would have
made different decisions for sure!
Speaking of future naturopathic doctors, Campus Visit Day will
be held next weekend. As it stands now, the stats for visitors are
almost 50/50 for ND-interested students and DC-interested students.
This is a first for Campus Visit Day for sure! Usually, there is an
overwhelming amount of DC prospect students coming from far and
wide to check out the school for Campus Visit Day, but with the ND
program growing interest we are starting to have a greater presence
on campus! I will be at Campus Visit Day this weekend to answer
questions of prospective students and to help give tours of the
campus. Come and join if you can!
Have a spook-tacular week!!
This week has been full of great news! I officially learned that
NUHS will break ground next week for its very first student run
This whole project started almost one year ago after fellow
classmates and I visited a naturopathic school in Seattle during
the 2009 American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
convention. The botanical garden on their campus completely blew us
away and inspired us to start a garden at our school. After writing
a detailed proposal, composing a list of botanicals that grow best
in this climate, and holding several meetings with students and
administrators, we were approved!
Now I know it sounds like I am a complete green thumb with my
community garden in full swing, and now having a garden on campus
to take care of, but this couldn't be further from the truth! In
actuality, this is my first year gardening ever! It just goes to
show that with a little research, determination and a few gardening
gurus as friends, it really isn't that hard!
I am so proud of all the hard work we have put in to make this
plan come to fruition and it reminds me of a cute tag line I read
in a gardening magazine…You Grow Girl!
Another exciting piece of news came this week when the president
of the NMSA (Naturopathic Medical Students Association) approached
me and asked if I would be interested in participating in the ZRT
College Bowl at the 2010 AANP Convention. A group of 4-5 students
from each naturopathic college get the chance to represent their
school in a quiz bowl at the convention. Each school picks a color
for their team t-shirts, which for NUHS just so happens to be hot
orange again this year.
It sounds super nerdy I know, but it really is a great time! Of
course I said that I would love to go and let's be serious, who can
pass up an opportunity to get together and celebrate our medicine
with a NDs from all over the country! This year the convention will
be held August 11th-15th near a naturopathic college in Portland,
OR and the winner will receive a check for $10,000! I can't
wait to report back on how we do!
With so much great news this week, I had a lot to talk about
this at Campus Visit Day. National holds three Campus Visit Days
per year which gives prospective students a chance to come tour the
campus, meet with admissions counselors, talk to current students
in their program of interest, and get a feel for what life is like
as a student at NUHS. I remember way back in the summer of 2006
when my dad and I drove in from Iowa to attend a Campus Visit Day.
Little did I know back then that I would spend the next 5 years
here! Knowing how valuable Campus Visit Day was for me, I have
volunteered at most of them since I have been a student. Despite a
few downpours, the event was a success!
As for now, I am off to watch game 5 of the Stanley Cup
Finals…GO HAWKS! I will be sure to report next week on the progress
of our new garden at NUHS!
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