Archive for tag: clubs

Is It Summer Yet?

When you spend 5 days a week inside of a classroom, it's hard to remember what's going on outside in the "real world." I always joke that professional school is a perfect transition from college into true adulthood. Many of us students still have the opportunity to learn every day and work toward our dream careers, yet we still don't quite have the full responsibilities of adulthood such as taxes, mortgages, or supporting a family.

Some weekends, I sit and gaze out the library windows, wondering what all my friends are doing on a beautiful sunny day. I sometimes feel as though I'm missing out on the "grown-up things" people are doing back home, and I definitely am a little envious of the free weeknights and weekends that those in the working world enjoy. None-the-less, I always take a step back and reflect on how fortunate I am to be in this rewarding program, and then things don't seem so bad. I'm in the company of other great people going through the same challenges of exams and practicals. Once midterms are over in a couple weeks, I'll be able to enjoy more of the pool, the warm weather, and the sunshine of summer. :)

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This trimester has flown by, and it's already half over. Most of my time lately has been spent studying, reading, and occasionally working. One of the biggest highlights of this past week was the Big/Little Reveal Night we held for Lambda Chi Sorority. This is my last tri as president, so I wanted to begin a small but memorable tradition for the next officers to carry on.

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The purpose of the Big/Little mentor/mentee program is to offer younger students the opportunity to ask questions about classes, board exams, clinic experiences, and other various aspects of the program. We believe that the ladies of our sorority would benefit from having a role model in their same program, and so we began the Big/Little tradition.

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One night after our weekly sorority meeting with Dr. Elder, we had the younger members participate in a scavenger hunt for clues, and then everyone met their Bigs! I hope the girls had a great time meeting their new mentors and are looking forward to maintaining this professional and fun connection with another student in their program!

I hope everyone has a great week ahead! Happy 4th of July!

You Mean I Have to Study INSIDE

Another week of gorgeous weather in Illinois, and I am finding it more and more difficult to study inside for our upcoming exams. During the day, you'll often find National students eating their lunches or reviewing their notes on the many park benches and tables we have set up around campus, but this is only a temporary activity. Many of us realize that by sitting outside and "studying," it's much easier to find yourself people watching, staring at the swans on the pond, or wanting to close your eyes and daydream. All right, it looks like I'll have to keep the sun bathing in moderation until midterms have passed.

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Abdominal Exam

This week, we covered quite a bit of ground in classes. In our Phys/DX course, we continued to practice different regional exams of the body, specifically the abdominal exam and neurological exam. In phlebotomy lab, students are still perfecting their needling "abilities" and learning different techniques for drawing blood. Specifically, we are spending a lot of time on the butterfly needle technique and drawing blood out of smaller veins. It's definitely nerve-wracking, but a valuable experience none-the-less.

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Phlebotomy Lab

On Friday afternoon, Student Council hosted the summer's Tri Games competition. The sport of the season was flag football, and like any other trimester, each group of students sported their tri's respective color and played for 4 months of bragging rights. I unfortunately was not able to attend the event, but I don't doubt it was a great showing! Maybe my 6th tri classmates took home the trophy? :)

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My weekend was spent in Rochester, Michigan, for my older brother's wedding. As a Buckeye myself in a family of nearly all Ohio State grads, I never thought I'd see the day when one of my sibs married a Wolverine! Despite our differences, the two families came together and threw a terrific celebration.

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Congratulations, Ben and Jenny! I loved the opportunity to get away for a weekend and spend time with my family, but I miss them already! It's a good thing I have plenty of studying and work to keep me busy now that I'm back.

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Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Things have been getting busier here at National. Spring has sprung! (Well, kind of.) Aside from the unfortunate rainy days and 50-degree temperatures, campus activity is picking up and everyone is antsy for summer!

This week, students enjoyed our beginning-of-the-tri Club Lunch Day, catered by Chipotle and sponsored by Student Council. On Friday at lunch, all active clubs were represented at tables throughout our gymnasium, offering the opportunity for new students to learn more about and potentially join each student organization. I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the delicious meal and many clubs gained new prospective members! It's great to see younger students getting involved in our school.

Saturday morning, many students drove downtown to attend the Chiropractic Wellness Symposium, organized by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. We had the opportunity to learn about functional endocrinology and a chiropractor's role in treating autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and other widespread diseases. What an amazing experience! I walked away from that seminar with such inspiration and hope! Chiropractic and all other alternative medical professions need to embrace the impact we can have on human health. We truly do have the power to change people's lives. :)

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After exploring downtown Chicago a little bit after the seminar, we drove back to Lombard, just in time for a youth soccer game. My friends Brandon and Jake are earning off-campus service hours by volunteering as coaches for a 4- to 5-year-old soccer league in our community of Lombard.

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In case you were not aware, one of the requirements of the DC and ND programs at National is to participate in a certain amount of on- and off-campus service hours before graduating. Many clubs on campus offer opportunities for students to gain these hours, but the most rewarding experiences are those when students get involved with our community.

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For Brandon and Jake, this soccer league is simply about encouraging kids to be active and involved at a young age. However, for these adorable kids, kicking the ball in the right direction is an accomplishment enough! Best of all, the parents are excited to see local students being involved in the community, and we are able to represent our university with high spirits and good will!

A New Trimester and New Experiences

Welcome to my first blog! I'm very excited for this opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with you, and I hope you'll enjoy it, too. Feel free to check out my "About Me" section as well.

This week, I began my 6th trimester of chiropractic school. It's hard to believe that I've finally reached the half-way point in my education, with only 5 trimesters to go! I am currently in Phase 2, which consists of the clinical science aspect of National's program. My classes this tri include advanced adjusting technique lab, a handful of radiology diagnosis classes, and a physical and lab diagnosis class. My schedule begins at 8am every day, which is getting me in shape for the "real world," I like to think. Especially in the summer, there's no better feeling than getting an early start to your day, with the sun and chirping birdies outside serving as an alarm clock!

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The class we have focused most on during the first week is physical and lab diagnosis. Since it is an 8 credit hour course, we meet for lecture and lab three days each week, and we're already moving right along with the curriculum. We began by reviewing some of the fundamental evaluations we were taught in our evaluation and management courses in previous trimesters. At this point in our education, we can never practice our skills enough. Our first week's activities consisted of performing vitals, a head and neck evaluation, and an eye exam. Fortunately, all of the diagnostic tools needed for these exams are included in our "doctor bags" that we were given when we entered the program, so the difficult part now is remembering to keep our ophthalmoscopes charged for class!

This week seemed to fly by! As the new Student Council president, I spent many of my lunch hours attending university meetings or leading discussions of my own. Our first Student Council meeting of the trimester is coming up, and I look forward to meeting all of the club representatives and incoming students in the professional programs. All students are welcome and encouraged to come the weekly meetings, and increasing attendance is something I hope to accomplish during my term.

With any luck, the weather will remain warm and sunny, and we can have another beautiful summer tri. Enjoy your week! :)