Nothing says fall quite like the changing of the leaves, the
crisp afternoon air, or a good pumpkin spice latte from your café
of choice. But wait, I'm sure you were thinking, "HOW could she
forget pumpkin carving?"
This week, SACA (short for the Student American Chiropractic
Association) hosted a pumpkin carving event for students and
faculty. After a disastrous creative attempt last year, I channeled
all my energy and precision into one artistic pumpkin, which also
serves as a proud reminder of my home, Ohio. I was told that there
was to be a contest for the best pumpkin, but unfortunately for me,
this is college football season, and despite my artistic abilities,
my allies are few and far between. ;)
So what is SACA, you may ask? The Student American Chiropractic
Association is a local, student-run chapter of the American
Chiropractic Association (ACA). This club is our opportunity to
get involved in our profession early, and there are endless
benefits for being involved while being a student.
Every year, SACA brings students from NUHS to the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference
(NCLC) in Washington, DC, where we meet with current doctors in the
field, leaders within the ACA, and members of congress who will
fight for our profession. Students join the fight to educate our
country's political leaders about the benefits of chiropractic and
why we deserve an equal place in the health care field.
On a more local note, SACA holds weekly informative meetings
open to students of all programs. Recent workshops include
practicing "elevator speeches" to use when asked about
chiropractic, discussing the role of ethics in health care and
especially alternative medicine, interviewing new physicians about
their experiences in practice, and many other valuable topics. Our
student leaders within SACA have done a terrific job at encouraging
student involvement and a sense of community among our student
population, and I look forward to future opportunities the club
To learn more about what SACA has to offer, check out
the ACA's website.
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. :)
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.
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
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
I hope everyone has a great week ahead! Happy 4th of July!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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! :)
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