Archive for tag: travel

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!

Year 3 Begins

Photo of Chip Esten singing at concertHappy Fall, everyone!

Welcome back to the beginning of a new trimester at National. Since I last blogged, I have been traveling non-stop to see friends and family, so I wanted to write about my experiences away from NUHS. By the time finals week had concluded, I was in much need of a mental break!

I spent my first few days of vacation still here in Chicago, seeing various country artists such as Miranda Lambert and Chip Esten (Deacon on ABC's hit series Nashville), as well as working at fun events such as the Arlington Million up at the Arlington Heights Race Track.

I eagerly traveled to northeast Ohio to spend time with my family, including my little sister, before she went back to Ohio University for her last fall semester of classes. I spent some time shadowing and visiting with my older brother and his wife at their very successful chiropractic practice, which always serves as a friendly reminder of WHY I am going through this challenging program!

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One of the best parts of my break was traveling to the scenic Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio with my boyfriend Taylor. He and I spent a long weekend hiking, exploring the caves and trails, zip lining through the forests, and canoeing down the Hocking River. You may never have been to Ohio or explored its state parks, but Hocking Hills is an absolutely beautiful experience for people and families of all ages. Being able to see the stars at night isn't so bad either, since I spend most of my year staring up at streetlights. It was a perfect trip full of new landscapes, new experiences, and plenty of relaxation.

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While passing through Columbus, Ohio, I shadowed two National graduates currently practicing in the central Ohio area: Dr. Jennifer Wente-Moeller and Dr. James Schramm.

Let me tell you that observing doctors first-hand is the absolute BEST experience you can gain as a student. Shadowing a doctor teaches you things that the classroom sometimes cannot, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have met with two unique and inspiring doctors!

I'm looking forward to a very busy, yet exciting trimester. It's hard to believe I am beginning my 3rd year in the chiropractic program and enrolled in Tri 7 classes! Wow, time flies when you're in chiropractic school! As I say to some of the younger students beginning the program, I worked incredibly hard to get where I am now, but looking back, I wouldn't trade it for anything. :)

As always, please feel free to contact me at erinemley@student.nuhs.edu with any questions about my blog or my experiences here in the DC program at National!

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! :)