How to Deal When the Trimester Blues Set In


During your tour here at National you will indefinitely come across many different journeys and maturity opportunities. As I write this blog for students and perspective students, I enjoy giving you some ideas and tips from some of my experiences to make their journey smoother.

Freak Out, Depression, Burnout Cycle

One thing I've noticed while attending is the impending Week 5 and Week 11 "Freak Out, Depression, Burnout Cycle." (I 1000% made that term up.) Let me explain. At the beginning of the trimester, everyone is excited for the new classes but still hasn't gotten into the rhythm of studying again after a satisfying break. Come Week 5 you are freaking out that you haven't studied yet, but also depressed that you let this happen again (my 7th time now, haha). The good news? Just buckle down and grind it out for 4-5 weeks through midterms and learn the material and you will be fine, all else held. It's merely the feeling of unknowing exactly what to expect and being underprepared in the material, so your brain's natural reaction is to FREAK OUT.

The "burnout" part of the cycle is located at the end of midterms and before finals. Your brain and body is exhausted from burning the candle at both ends and you're dreading the impeding sleep deprivation that takes place for finals. Wow, that sounds terrible!! You can do it! The first step is accepting! The next step is writing down your tests and printing out/gathering the material on those tests, and the final step is cranking it out until you've learned it! Rinse and repeat! You're not alone; you're human!


Physical Diagnosis Class

On a class note, Tri 6's staple class, Physical Diagnosis has many lab practicals split throughout the trimester. It feels like the finals week of your earlier tri E&M classes all trimester long. Despite the nerves on being put on the spot to perform exams, I love that we are getting great practice on examining patients and getting out all the nerves now before we actually have real live patients that depend upon us. I am completing my Regional Lab Practical on Monday. It includes a variety of different regional exams: Cranial Nerve Exam, Peripheral Nerve Neuro Exam, Vitals, Head and Neck Exam, Eye Exam, ENT Exam, Cardiac Exam, Pulmonary Exam, and Abdominal Exam. The hardest part of those is that Dr. Gidcumb expects it to be done in exactly the order that he lays out in the notes. So you may evaluate and examine everything in the section, but still fail because you did it out of order. I've prepared well, but fingers crossed I remember. :)

Food for Thought

Have you ever thought about your position on drug prescription rights being incorporated into Chiropractic Scope of Practice? It's an extremely interesting topic of debate. I encourage you to look up a few articles and decide what you may be leaning towards. It helps hearing both sides of the argument, however chiropractic's one glaring problem is our profession is so eclectic that nobody agrees on anything across the board! Oh well. :P