Hello Ladies and Germs,
This is my last blog of 5th Tri. I am soooooooo pumped to be
done. I get bored easily, and after 10 weeks into a tri I'm
looking for a fresh class. Final exams are horrible in 5th Tri (and
most other tris) because we have 8 in 4 days next week. Caffeine
One of the things I've been doing since college is reflecting
back on the trimester--things I've accomplished, things I can
improve on. Always tinkering to get more production per unit of my
time. After all, time is the greatest currency we have. It's
nonrenewable and precious. YOLO (you only live once).
Reflective Thoughts and My Self Imposed
CLASSES: Overall Self Grade: B
For the clinical science phase of the DC program, I opted to
stay full track. I have not been full track since 1st
Trimester, so this was a big adjustment to go from 20 credits a tri
to 28.5. It's especially hard for my brain because I enjoy doing a
lot of extracurricular studying so my class load is never the
extent of my education; it is always supplementary.
I have gotten 80s on average across the board, which is solid
but not crushing anything. You'll find there are only so many
hours in the day and I am comfortable with the application of the
information, which is more important than the grades (for me). I
didn't like that I fell off the wagon after midterms as far as
regularly printing out class notes and even taking class notes.
Needs improvement for 6th Tri. Although, I can always
improve--overall, not bad.
SEMINARS: Overall Self Grade: A+
I just finished my AK certification test this past weekend. I
got a 101.5%!!! -- and was the seminar valedictorian (which
includes doctors). No other student got above a 90, so I was very
excited. I've been working extremely hard at learning Applied
Kinesiology and mentoring under Dr. Francis because of his
incredible clinical results (he fixes stuff that just is unheard
of). As a result I've been able to "help" a lot of friends and
family well before I am "supposed to be able to" (whatever that
In conclusion, I had 5 (possibly 6) seminars this
trimester, the most I've ever done in a tri. Weekends of 9:00am -
7:30pm both days are no joke and sap your recharge button. In fact,
this last month I haven't had a day off heading into finals. Was it
worth it? Ask my family/friends when I get home. ;)
WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Overall Self Grade: C-
If you don't do what you love, you'll never love what you do on
a regular daily basis. That's a recipe for depression. Make sure
you love chiropractic before you come here. This grade is based on
a few things. I only had 2 true weekends off this whole
summer. That's an F for balance haha. BUT, my best friends from JMU
and my sister came out to visit for EPIC weekends of fun. That is
an A for balance :). So I decided to mash those together for my C-.
I realized that I burned the candle at too many ends this
Next trimester, I'm going to take only 1 or 2 seminars MAX.
Focus on enjoying a little more R&R time with friends, and take
up a few more bucket list items. I believe that will get my grade
up to A/B range!
Goals For Break:
- Start/Test out a small online business project
- Read "Rise of the Phoenix"
- Study for National Board Exams (Part 1)
- Go to Cape Cod
- Visit my Grandpa in Syracuse
- Obviously enjoy friends/family :)
- Practice chiropractic (DUH!)
Cheers and Blessings,