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!
Some of my favorite memories from chiropractic school have been
made on the beaches of Cocoa Beach, FL. Every year, all of the
chiropractic schools in the US (and Canada!) come together in late
October to have a great time and maybe earn some bragging rights
along the way. :)
In the past, the Chiropractic Games traveled around to the
different colleges, but in recent years, Cocoa Beach has become the
prime location. Who wouldn't want to travel to Florida right when
fall is setting in up in Chicago?
This year, NUHS put together both men and women's soccer teams,
a co-ed softball team, and a couple individual runners. Among other
sports offered at Chiro Games are flag-football, swimming, table
tennis, hockey, and beach volleyball. Although I participated in
the volleyball team in 2013, this time we were able to put together
a softball team, and so I chose to channel my inner 8th grade
Saturday consists of pool play and casual games, and then the
bracket is put together for Sunday's tournament. NUHS left Florida
with a 3-3 record, which we were all pretty impressed with,
considering some of the schools have teams that practice year round
and we really just go for the fun! Both of our runners placed in
the 5K race, Mike winning GOLD and Jenn winning bronze. They were
very pleased with their medals and we were excited to come home
with some National pride.
Chiro Games is a terrific opportunity to meet students from
other schools. Despite our different curriculums and different
philosophies, it is fun to be around people who share your passion
and excitement for our profession. We made great friends with the
students from CMCC in Canada, as well as conversing with other
people from all different schools. I am so glad to have represented
National for two years now, and I hope that I am able to enjoy my
third trip to Cocoa Beach next October as a 10th trimester student
ready to graduate!
This past week, I celebrated my 24th birthday in the company of
my friends, peers and coworkers. I'm not always one to make
birthdays a big deal, especially as I get older, but with the
beautiful September weather and midterm season coming up in a
couple weeks, I decided to splurge and have a few nights of
Wednesday night, some friends and I went to Joe's Bar on Weed
Street in Chicago, one of the most popular country venues in the
city and a place I have frequented for many musical performances.
Randy Houser was in town, so we jammed out to his country and blues
music in the beautiful city of Chicago. The following evening, I
celebrated with some girl friends at Bonton in downtown Lombard,
enjoying tapas, appetizers, and fruity beverages. I loved having
the chance to sit and talk with some of my closest girl friends in
school, even though the conversation always somehow reverted back
to classes and NUHS!
Friday night, I went out to dinner in the suburb of Oak Park and
had the chance to catch up with NUHS alum Dr. Candace Gesicki,
visiting from out of town. Candace opened up her own practice just
outside of Cleveland, Ohio, and was so excited to share
her experiences in the real world. We discussed the details of
opening an independent practice, drafting and presenting a business
plan, and becoming involved in the local community. Not even six
months out of chiropractic school, I am so proud of her for
following her dreams! I'm fortunate to have such a great role model
to look up to with all my concerns and questions about the
We are entrepreneurs. We are go-getters. We are representatives
for the field of alternative health care. We are chiropractors!
A very critical aspect of the chiropractic profession is our
community presence as both a health care provider and a business
owner. We believe in a natural, more holistic approach to health
care, and therefore, we do not fit into the traditional western
medical model. I often describe our situation as "not having a
plug-in" to an established health care system, and this requires
chiropractors to wear both hats: the business hat and the doctor
hat. We have such a unique situation with endless potential to grow
our practices and create financial well-being, but it also comes
with great commitment.
In our chiropractic program here at National, significant
emphasis is placed on business and marketing training. I am in a
course now where we created our own hypothetical business, designed
a marketing theme, and developed a calendar of both internal and
external marketing strategies to promote our practice.
We titled our business "Women's Oceanside Wellness," placed in
Oceanside, California, specializing in female and pediatric health
care. This project required a demographic analysis of the area,
various marketing tactics to reach our target population, and a
handful of graphic designs to create a professional image for our
practice. Our 45-minute group presentation required quite a bit of
brainstorming and preparation, but we were so excited to present
our hard work to the class, and our professor was pleased with our
marketing presentation! This was perfect practice for opening up
and marketing our own businesses some day! (View our business brochure.)
Unwinding on the Weekend
After a long week of quizzes and presentations, I celebrated the
weekend by attending Billy Joel's concert at Wrigley Field on
Friday night. I have my older brother, Jed, to thank for my love
for the legendary Piano Man. Isn't it bizarre to think about how
much music has changed over the past 50 years?! Billy Joel is such
a talented, inspirational musician, and I have no doubt his music
will last throughout the years.
On Saturday morning, I traveled to Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio
to attend both a baby shower and wedding for two of my close
friends from Ohio State. I loved the opportunity to connect with
some of my sorority sisters and friends from college, and it's so
exciting to see everyone progressing with their lives!
Another busy week at NUHS has concluded, and I am eagerly
preparing for finals! The end of the tri is near! :)
Ah yes, another busy week has come and gone as a student in the
I began Week 9 with a larger level of anxiety and a smaller
amount of free time. In our Physical Diagnosis class, we were
expected to perform our Head-to-Toe physical exam in the Training
and Assessment Center (TAC) of the clinic. Although we had been
practicing for weeks, nothing can fully prepare you for the
nervousness that accompanies a 50-minute physical exam, memorized
in a specific order and graded for accuracy. Since the exam was
held in the TAC, we performed the practical on a standardized
patient, and what you don't realize is that giving sufficient
patient instructions throughout the exam are half of the battle!
The Head-to-Toe exam consists of an examination of the head and
neck, EENT exam, cardiac exam, pulmonary exam, abdominal exam,
neurological exam, and a handful of other miscellaneous tests
thrown in between. Whew, am I glad that practical is over, but I am
proud to say I took away a tremendous amount of knowledge and
In Tri 6, the Imaging of Tumors course is the class that
challenges many students. (It sure is tricky to differentiate 30
different types of skeletal tumors on black and white X-ray films!)
Fortunately, I felt sufficiently prepared for both the practical
and written portions of the midterm, so I was content with my
performance and had a nice confidence boost to end the week. :)
Thursday night, I took off for Bemidji, Minnesota, with my
friend and classmate, Bethany. Having both grown up in the town and
been a collegiate athlete at the Bemidji State University, I was
excited to experience this scenic, friendly Minnesota city that she
had so often talked about! We spent the 4th of July with her family
on one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, and although the weather that
day was not cooperating with the holiday festivities, we celebrated
later that night by watching fireworks on the water. On Saturday,
we made up for the previous storms by spending the day relaxing on
the lake, jet-skiing, tubing, and most importantly, laughing. It
was hard to say goodbye to her family and make the 10-hour drive
home on Sunday afternoon, but the memories we made throughout the
holiday weekend were worth it! My first trip to Bemidji was a
terrific experience, and I look forward to (hopefully) going back
to visit next summer!
Back at National, we still have midterms and quizzes for the
next couple weeks, but I can see the end of the trimester in sight!
Summer sure flies by when you're having fun!
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