Twelve weeks down. Three to go! Time on the grind is in full
mode from here on out. Thankfully, Easter was a little early this
year and allowed a nice weekend of some celebration, fun, and poor
eating choices to gear up for the stresses of finals.
Being from Boston, weekend holidays are pretty tough to get home
to see the family, financially and time-wise. I spent Easter
weekend with my girlfriend's family in the local area. Her brother
and his girlfriend came home from college and added to the fun
shenanigans. A couple weeks ago, Ashley's mom mentioned she planned
on a dinner and asked if we wanted to do anything else. I, being a
true kid at heart, suggested EASTER EGG HUNT! To my happiness, she
rolled with the idea and went next level creative on that hunt! The
rules were we had 6 eggs carefully hidden in the backyard so at
least part of the egg was showing (my grandpa is notorious for
completely burying eggs so this was a nice positive). We came to
find that each egg had a piece of paper with a word on it. We had
to find all 6 eggs, open up all the pieces of paper inside and put
them in a sentence. Mine read: GO TO THE DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM. I
almost peed my pants leaping across the house to the bathroom (get
it ;). I busted open the door to find a wonderful Easter basket! I
wasn't sure what to expect but an Easter basket was above and
beyond what I expected and I was elated, along with my blood sugar,
as I consumed some delicious chocolate and thanked Ash's family for
such a great holiday.
On a school note, I attended a Gonstead adjusting seminar off
campus. Dr. S was the instructor and as usual for my readers of
this blog, if you aren't going to seminars, don't come to
chiropractic school. You're wasting your time. As abruptive as I
can be: School will prepare you to become a licensed doctor--a
pretty good doctor, but not a Great doctor. You need to learn from
the best and practice a ton to be the best, assuming you want to be
a great doctor, of course. (Sadly, there are plenty of people that
don't care...you know who you are). The one big knock I have on
National is they don't expose their students to enough
techniques. Why should they choose what techniques from our rich
Chiropractic history that we should get taught? Shouldn't we be
taught most of them and then choose which ones we like the best and
want to integrate into our tool bag? Just my humble opinion. As
usual, there's a way around this fault by just going to outside
seminars and seeing for yourself! Problem solved! Boom. Hope you
have a great week, email me with any questions.
For starters look into AK, Gonstead, MPI, Functional Rehab
(SFMA/FMS), DNS, Nutrition, Sports Rehab, Homeopathy, TBM, etc.
Have fun future docs.
Well, that's it for me this week. See, National isn't all work
and no play? It's for people that work hard and play
Wow! What an AWESOME weekend! I am so exhausted writing this in
class today (don't tell Dr. H lol). My sister, Eliza, came to visit
Friday morning and stayed until Monday morning. We made an epic
Bucket List and went on adventures galore! Details below:
Eliza and I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo! In case you've never
been there, it is FREE! We drove into the city (fun on its own!)
and basically parking is the only fee ($20 for 3 hours). There were
a lot of animals and I was impressed for a park that is free to the
public! My favorite animal, if you can guess, is the LION! But he
was sleeping on the rocks and wasn't too animated to see me (how
dare he!) The most animated animals? A tie between the camels and
the monkeys. The gorillas were pretty awesome as well. Right on the
edge of the zoo there is an EPIC view of the city skyscrapers (see
picture), a nice bonus!
Later on that day was the Frat Party. We inducted the newbies,
gave them some ridiculous "bro names" and had a grand time. The
party took a turn for the legendary when the slip 'n slide got set
up! We added baby oil and dish detergent for extra 'slip-a-bility'
(real word?) that resulted in NUHS' first ever slip 'n slide bash!
Many people thought this would be a bad idea until they saw how fun
it was. I myself still have some scrapes on my stomach but it
was...WORTH IT! Let's be honest, I'm a kid at heart!
Saturday we ventured into the city and knocked out the Navy
Pier, Millennium Park, The Bean, the new Batman movie (my new
favorite movie ever), and fireworks! We almost made a comedy show,
but time and a misunderstood public transportation schedule were
the true culprits.
Sunday was one of the greatest days ever. Kendall let us borrow
his bikes and Eliza and I took them onto the train and then biked
around the city. This is something I've wanted to do since I got to
NUHS two years ago. This was a BLAST to ride on the bike trails
right along the water overviewing the tall city buildings! We biked
over to a dock and walked to the end and had lunch (cool find), and
then biked over to the beach and did flips into the water from the
side docks. Then we biked up to the end of the beaches just north
of the city and had some really unbelievable views of Chicago.
Next, was the most EPIC thing I've done this summer. We rented JET
SKI'S for an HOUR! It was AWESOME! 55 mph, big waves, splashes
galore, city views in Lake Michigan…pretty remarkable. My sacrum
needs an adjustment for the beating we took trying to jump the
waves! We finished with some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and the
Olympics at a nice location downtown.
All in all--an unbelievable weekend.
I'll leave you with this. NUHS has an edge over many other DC
schools because of its location. Does Logan have a little bit newer
facilities? Sure. Does Palmer draw you enough to be in bum-stunk
Iowa for years? I hope not. Chicago is where it is at. It's an
excuse to live in a part of the country I would never get a chance
to live in ever again and experience the local fun in a way I'd
never do as a tourist. Love the workload or hate it (mostly hate
it), the weekends you have to take a breather and I recommend my
new favorite city in the world--Chicago. If you're on the fence,
choose NUHS (and they don't even pay me to say this!...well sorta
Hey, everyone! Welcome back from a wonderful winter break!
Winter break is always our best (and longest) break! I was able to
head back to the Boston area and hang out with my family and
friends and I had a blast. My buds and I all went into Beantown for
New Year's and a shenanigans-filled night! You know you're going to
be lifelong friends when you haven't seen each other in 4 months
and it doesn't even feel like you spent a week away.
One of the highlights of my break was watching my youngest
brother's hockey games! Jordan is just a wee freshman and he made
our high school's varsity hockey team! This is a big deal, and I
was extremely proud as he was following in my other brother's and
my footsteps (we made varsity as frosh, too). The insane part was
that there were a couple of injuries after the first game and one
of the senior starters got suspended. Our first year coach, trying
to build a program, decided to start my brother on the first line!!
My family was wondering why he would do that but soon enough Jordan
had played his first game and surprisingly skated like he belonged
with the big guys! Jordan even scored his first goal in his first
game as a starter! I was a proud oldest brother :)
So the new trimester is up and running. I'm on a full
4-trimester schedule now and looking forward to completing the
basic science portion of the curriculum. I'm much more
clinically-minded and heavy sciences, while important, are grueling
and memorization heavy.
My favorite class so far is Dr. Ed Bifulco's cervical adjusting
class (E&M). He's hysterical and equally competent as an
adjuster, which makes class a pleasure, despite the 8:00 a.m.
I hope everyone enjoys the short week and I'll see you next
With the holidays in full swing it's easy to get distracted by
the corporate advertising, the pressure to buy gifts, and the
freezing temperatures. I want to take this opportunity to think
about what I'm thankful for. I'd like to challenge you to do the
One of the things I'm thankful for is having a great family that
even when things get rough will always be there for me no matter
what. I'm thankful for the great friends I've met at National
because moving across country where I didn't know anyone meant that
this wasn't a guarantee. There are a zillion other things but those
are the most important to me right now.
This picture is of the "ugly Christmas sweater" my
friend found for me for a party this weekend! Ha,
I recently read a study on happiness where researchers tried to
figure out if money had anything to do with how happy people were.
What researchers found was money helped to a point when all your
necessary needs like food, shelter and clothing were met. Once you
had the essentials, money was not important to overall happiness
like many people believe. Often they found that "just making a
little more money" was not the key to happiness. In fact, the best
"happiness factor" they found was getting together with a big group
of family/friends at night for a dinner and stories. Interesting
since Thanksgiving and the holidays are upon us, and family dinners
are the norm instead of the exception.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and didn't pass out in
a food coma too long! Who am I kidding; that's the best part!
I wasn't able to make it back to Boston since the flights were
outrageous, so I spent Thanksgiving with my friend Shannon and her
family. I have to admit I ended up having a blast with her family
and we shared a ton of laughs, food, football, and of course Apples
to Apples. In case you haven't played, Apples to Apples is a board
game were you have outrageous topics and you put down cards based
upon what you think the other person will pick. So, there's a fair
amount of psychology in the game if you want to win. Over a couple
glasses of wine it becomes hysterical to see what cards people will
play and pick. We played so long that we had essentially seen every
card in the game at least once!
Well, back to studying for me, we have only a few short weeks
until finals and before you know it we will be on Winter Break!
Hurray! I need a break. :)
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