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7th Trimester COMPLETE!

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.

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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.

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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 college memories!

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!

Chiro Games 2014

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. :)

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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?

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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 softball player.

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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.

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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!

Birthday Celebrations

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 fun!

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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!

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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 chiropractic profession!

Marketing the Chiropractic Practice

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Another busy week at NUHS has concluded, and I am eagerly preparing for finals! The end of the tri is near! :)

TAC, Tumors, and Travels

Ah yes, another busy week has come and gone as a student in the chiropractic program!

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 practice.

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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. :)

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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!

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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!