There is no greater feeling than knowing you have just jumped
over your last hurdle in what seems to be the most exhausting race
of your life. That's the metaphor I am using to describe this
overwhelming relief of having completed Part Four (IV) of the
chiropractic national board exams. I haven't quite reached the
finish line yet to cross through that final threshold, but the only
elements that stand between that graduation stage and me are four
weeks and the unknown certainty of board scores.
A beautiful sunrise I witnessed driving down one morning from
Chicago to Danville
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, or as we refer to
as the NBCE, is the organization which administers all components
of chiropractic board exams, and they always have a six-week
waiting period for scores to be graded and posted. All board exams
up to this point had been written exams, consisting of oodles of
multiple choice questions that covered the diverse curriculum of
our education. The last series, Part IV, was a practical style of
exam, which in my opinion, was much more nerve-wracking!
The exam took place over two days:
Saturday was by far the longest and most draining day of the
board exams, but I walked out feeling confident that I was amply
prepared through my education at National University and with my
weeks of independent preparation. It was great to spend time with
my friends and peers again, those who I haven't seen much since
beginning clinic at Salvation Army, even if it was only because we
were all forced to convene in Davenport, Iowa, for exams!
My sister Liz and I relaxing on Saturday night after my long
weekend of board exams
After the exams were finished, I came back to Chicago to spend
Saturday night relaxing and decompressing from the long weekend in
Iowa. I was excited to spend some time with my little sister Liz,
who was in town briefly and was there to celebrate with me when I
Over the next couple weeks, I will be finishing up my internship
in Danville, preparing the last components of my Illinois license
application, and gearing up for graduation. The last hurdle has now
been jumped and the finish line is finally within reach!
For interns in clinic, we don't have the usual 2 weeks off
between trimesters since we are no longer enrolled in classes, but
the clinic tends to be quieter with less interns and patients. The
past month has also been an awesome opportunity for me to enjoy the
last weeks of summertime, focus on my job search, and really
explore what I want to do after graduation.
Paddleboarding in Chicago
In clinic, I'm nearly finished with all of my graduation
requirements, but it seems as if I still have so much to learn! The
past handful of patients I've encountered at the Salvation Army
have been (mostly) females with chronic headaches, neck pain and
low back pain -- a chiropractor's dream! It's incredible to see how
powerful adjustments can be in terms of pain control and restoring
function, so when you add in fascial taping, soft tissue techniques
and active patient exercises, you see the best results! I even had
one woman come up to the clinic specifically for weight loss and
digestive complaints, so that was an excellent opportunity for me
to bust out some of my training in nutrition and functional
Out with Friends
The job search is still moving forward, although I haven't
reached my final destination yet. I have very few strings tying me
down anywhere, so I'm keeping an open mindset! I will always be in
love with Columbus, Ohio, and the idea of being close to my family,
but I've also been considering other small cities such as
Charlotte, Boulder, and even Chicago.
Chicago Cubs Game
Two months ago, I knew I was going to move right back to Ohio
and resume the life I left behind three years ago. These days,
staying in the Midwest in Chicago doesn't sound like such a bad
idea! Interviewing with practices and doctors is intimidating, and
it definitely forces you to conceptualize how you see yourself
practicing. However, I'm also trying to go into each interview with
an open mindset, remembering that every new graduate needs to learn
the ropes from someone with lots of experience, even if that may
not be the way you envision yourself practicing down the road.
Rockin' Out in Nashville
For leisure, I took a weekend trip to Nashville to visit
Michelle, one of my best friends from Ohio, as we both celebrated
our September birthdays!
Caitlin Visits Chicago
I had both my sister and friend Caitlin come to visit Chicago a
couple weeks ago, and I spent one weekend in August visiting "The
Fountainhead," Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport,
National Students Visit Palmer in Davenport
It's been a fun-filled and busy end to summer, and there's
plenty more excitement to come this fall!
Welcome back everyone, after a long Memorial Day weekend! I had
been looking forward to this break for months, as it was the
weekend my parents and sister came to Chicago to visit!
Both my sister and dad celebrate birthdays in late May, so they
wanted to come and spend one last weekend in the big city before I
graduate in December and say farewell to the state of Illinois.
My sister, Dad, and me
Our activities included sightseeing, brunch atop the Hancock
Building, listening to live Blues music at the world-famous
Kingston Mines, and wrapping up the holiday with a home Cubs game.
What's more American than baseball?
My sister and I at brunch
Actually, one thing that is more symbolic of America is our
patriotism. Every year, we commemorate all of the fallen soldiers
who have served our country, and far too often do forget that
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. As a future chiropractor, I
may never serve my country the way that our brave men and women
have, but I hope to do my part by serving our veterans.
Through the work of our professional organizations, we are
fighting to provide chiropractic care to our veterans within the VA
systems across the country. Not only are we working to provide care
on base to our active military members, but also within the TRICARE
system to retirees, dependents, and survivors of our military men
and women. With our collaborative efforts, we hope to someday
provide the care and services our soldiers deserve. It is such a
simple way to show our gratitude and appreciation for their
dedication to our nation.
Now, having had the opportunity to reflect on the loves ones
lost for such a noble cause, we can stride forward to provide
much-deserved care to our veterans who are still among us.
This past Friday was a tough day for all of us at the Salvation
Army Clinic. We celebrated the last day for our 10th trimester
interns, Jena and Andy, before they graduate in a couple weeks.
This was the final time that all of our interns would be
together again, so we wanted to make the most of our shift! We all
contributed to a delicious potluck, Jena and Andy "passed on" their
treatment rooms to us 8th tri interns, and we had a whole morning
of endless laughs. Congratulations to all of the 10th tri students
who will be out in the field in less than one month!
As 8th trimester comes to an end over the next couple weeks,
it's hard to believe this journey has flown by so quickly! I spent
the Easter weekend in Ohio, visiting my boyfriend's family and
enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. There's something to home
cooked meals, card games, and playing bocce ball in the yard that
truly makes me appreciate the slower pace of the real world. In
chiropractic school, we commit ourselves to a rigorous program of
classes, exams, weekend seminars, and hours in the library, so it's
nice to be reminded of what life is like after
professional school. It gives me the opportunity to daydream about
how my life will be 8 months from now. :) Oh, how I'm looking
forward to life after school!
As always, I hope everyone has a terrific week ahead, and enjoy
the warm weather and sunshine as we grow closer to summertime in
It's hard to believe that the fall trimester is almost over.
With the holidays being so highly anticipated by students, it seems
as though there is always something to look forward to that makes
the time fly by.
This past weekend, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday at my
parent's home in Ohio. I did my best to follow my own Thanksgiving
recommendations, but it's safe to say that I still ate my share of
satisfying, home-cooked calories! Having the opportunity to study
chiropractic medicine is a blessing in and of itself, but then when
I think about all the friends I've met, memories I've made, and
life lessons I've learned, life really does seem wonderful. Every
day I am in this challenging program, I am reminded how much I have
to be thankful for.
Alright, so my weekend didn't stop there. I traveled to "old
Columbus town" for the remainder of my trip home to spend time with
college friends and watch the rivalry of the year, the Ohio State
vs. Michigan football game. (This may be the point in my blogs
where some people stop reading!) I have been and will always be a
Buckeye alumnus and diehard fan, so this is commonly my favorite
weekend of the year. I was able to catch up with friends from
college that I hadn't seen since we graduated two and a half years
ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend revisiting
So now I'm back in Lombard, gearing up for 10 days of final
exams, practicals, and papers. These are commonly everyone's least
favorite two weeks of the trimester, when we find ourselves
increasing our coffee intake and our eyes dry out from staring at
endless notes. It's going to be a challenging period, but you just
feel that much more accomplished by the end of it all. Wow, I'm
going to graduate chiropractic school in just about one year!
My 4-week winter break is going to begin by moving to my new
apartment in Lincoln Park, spending time in Ohio visiting friends
and family, and taking a nice tropical vacation over New Year's!
I'm really looking forward to a little R&R and a chance to
unwind before the last year begins.
I wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays! As always,
I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about NUHS and
our programs. :) Take care and enjoy the new year!
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