During my [few] free hours of the school day, I work part-time
in the Office of Admissions as a Student Ambassador for the chiropractic
program. This position is a perfect opportunity to meet
prospective students, field questions about the various aspects of
campus life, and educate people about the many programs and degrees
National has to offer. To those of you reading this blog who have
been on a campus tour with me, I hope your experience was a
pleasant one! To those of you who have not yet visited our campus
in Lombard, give the Office of Admissions a call today
(1-800-826-6285) for a personal tour! I hope this brief summary
will entice you in the mean time:
"Hi, I'm Erin! Before we begin, please feel free to interrupt me
at any point along the tour, because I know I can sometimes get
carried away as I go! I'm currently a 6th trimester student in the
chiropractic program, but I'll do my best to answer any questions
you may have regarding the other programs we offer here, such as naturopathic
medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, oriental
medicine, or our bachelor's program."
"As we walk through Janse Hall, you will notice an array of
classrooms and labs, many of which have been remodeled and
renovated within the past two years. We have three interactive
classrooms for classes and meetings in conjunction with our Florida program.
You can also see the changes to the campus store and new student
lounge that will be opening up this fall!
"Our newly renovated biochemistry and anatomy labs offer unique
and collaborative learning environments for all of our students in
the basic science phase of the doctoral programs. Downstairs, you
will see our four technique labs, each room with different tables
used for different manipulation techniques. Both chiropractic
students and naturopathic students begin learning manipulative
therapies starting as early as the second trimester of
"Now, we're going to head outside so that I can show you around
the rest of campus. We still have yet to visit our LRC, on-campus
clinic, student center, and on-campus housing. As you can see, it's
a beautiful summer day here in Lombard, so many of our students are
enjoying their lunch hour outside in the sunshine. Don't forget to
put on your sunglasses as we head out the door!"
Relaxing Next to Lake Janse
This was an example of my 1-hour tour, condensed and cut off to
less than 300 words! If you are interested in getting a FULL tour
of our Lombard campus, sitting in on a classroom experience,
chatting with current students, or getting more information about our
various programs, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions! I look
forward to seeing you on tour! :)
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!
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!
This past weekend, National held its annual homecoming event,
marking the 51st year of our establishment on our Lombard campus.
Attending as a student, I was so graciously sponsored by a National
alumnus, Dr. Holly Furlong, who has been very involved with the
chiropractic profession and our university since her graduation.
The weekend was jam packed with clinical case presentations,
vendors, and phenomenal speakers educating students and alumni
about current issues of the chiropractic profession.
One great highlight of the weekend was watching the installation
of a new time capsule into the foundation of Janse Hall. At
last year's 50th anniversary, the administration removed the time
capsule initially placed in the building during its establishment
in 1963. This year, Dr. Charles Tasharski, who witnessed
the installation as a new student in 1963, helped reinstall the
time capsule this year, a tremendous milestone in our university's
President Stiefel did his best to get NUHS up to the 21st
century by plugging #NUHShomecoming2014 throughout the weekend.
Although we really appreciated his effort, I think current students
were the only ones participating in "hash-tagging." :)
Throwing up the hashtag with President Stiefel
The homecoming festivities were great networking experiences for
many of our current students, as well as educational opportunities
for our chiropractic physicians. We learned about using ultrasound
as a non-invasive, non-ionizing diagnostic tool to evaluate the
neuromusculoskeletal system, and it's even more exciting now that
we have an ultrasound for student use in our clinic system! And one
of my favorite lectures was about the upcoming change from ICD-9 to
ICD-10 diagnostic codes, a huge transition that will be taking
place throughout America's health care system.
At the banquet event with Dr. Cox
We also had the honor of meeting Dr. James Cox and learning
about his Cox Flexion-Distraction technique that is taught in our
curriculum and so widely used in the chiropractic profession.
Saturday night, we concluded homecoming with an alumni
banquet/gala. What girl doesn't love getting all dressed up?
Seeing our alumni have such pride in their alma mater was truly
inspirational to me as a student. It makes me excited to be
involved after graduation and gives me hope for a successful,
rewarding career as a chiropractor. All of this hard work in school
is worth it! A tremendous thank you goes out to our alumni
department for putting together such a wonderful weekend for all
our alumni and students. I look forward to participating again next
"We want to do a lot of stuff.
We're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's
We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in
one delightful little cup."
-- Jerry Seinfeld
Well, Jerry, you sure nailed that one right on the head. I never
thought I would have seen this quote and known it to be true. Up
until this stage of my life, I've rolled sluggishly out of bed, but
always bounced awake with the first morning conversation or the
sound of hustle and bustle in the hallways. Teachers and peers
would often joke about how they didn't understand how I could have
so much energy in the mornings! Unfortunately for me, those days
are over. I have finally joined the other 100 million Americans who
enjoy, and sometimes even require, coffee on a daily basis.
The average coffee drinker in the U.S. spends approximately $164
in coffee drinks yearly. So, what is so great about this product?
Many of us know about its tremendous capabilities to help us focus
on tasks, wake up early in the mornings, and keep late nights
studying. However, there are some great health benefits as well
that have been studied.
Coffee is packed with antioxidants, which are powerful in
scavenging the free radicals in your body to help prevent further
cell damage in your many organ systems as well as your arteries
(atherosclerosis, anyone?). By scavenging all these free radicals,
the body is protected against potential mutations, which can in
turn cause malignant cell growth, therefore leading to cancer. As
with any food with antioxidant properties, they are great for
helping protect against cancer.
Coffee is known to increase your basal (resting) metabolic rate,
which may aid in weight loss or prevention of Type 2 Diabetes,
although the research is not conclusive. It's also important to
note that caffeine may enhance not only your physical performance
for a workout, but also your mental and cognitive performance
during exam time.
A beautiful picture I took of a rainbow cloud to help brighten
your week! The subtle beauties of nature!
Despite all the evidence out there rooting for or against this
miracle beverage, the conclusion I leave you with is this: too much
of anything is bad for you. It is important to note that when
studies are conducted, they are done so based on coffee consumption
habits, and not necessarily on the coffee itself.
If you're going to drink coffee on a daily basis, remember that
1 cup of coffee is only 5 ounces, not the giant Bubba Keg mug you
see some people bring into work every day. Try to stay within the
2-3 cup range, and keep it as close to black as you can. The health
benefits of coffee are in just that, the
coffee. Be careful of the sugary creamers with all the
hydrogenated oils that your body can't break down, or my favorite
ones, the "instant creamers." Whoever said cream should be a
powder?! Give your body the best building blocks to start its day,
and I hope you enjoy the kick-start coffee brings you with each
delicious sip! :)
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