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So this week, I am going to feature an e-mail that I got from a dedicated reader! She had really good questions that I think will really help you as a prospective student! I tried to be as thorough as I can! If I missed any points, let me know.

"Once you get into the DC program does the school provide housing for students?"

You are eligible for housing in any program, so if you are in the Prereq Program, you can still get housing on campus. However, if the rooms fill up, then you are directed to find housing off campus. The housing staff will give you a good list of apartment complexes in the area to contact, and there are some apartments off campus that give student discounts. 

With off-campus housing, you most likely have to sign a yearlong lease, but there are other benefits to living off campus. The program is rigorous and you are in class sometimes as early as 8am and it could go as late as 5pm! Then you find yourself migrating to the library and studying all night long. Well, living off campus breaks up the monotony of it all. 

The housing on campus is convenient because you basically pay for the trimester in advance, and the lease is on a trimester basis. Although the rent rates are somewhat lower than off-campus housing, it is not a drastic difference. Oh, and you won't have to drive to class every day if you live on campus, but then again, some people find it therapeutic to just drive. It's all up to you.

My first trimester I lived on campus in a studio, and I actually enjoyed it because it was very convenient. However, I ended up moving off campus and I don't think I would go back to living on campus. It's so easy to get sick of the campus, and with me living off campus, I was able to stay saner and have somewhat of a life outside of school.

I know of a 1BR apartment that will be available to sub-lease (starting mid-August of this year) with the option of re-signing the lease at Covington Apartments, which is about 5 minutes from campus located on South Finley Road in Lombard. It's extremely nice and there's a fitness center with an outdoor pool. It's great if you have a family 'cause the majority are families. The management is always on top of things, and it's a safe community. If you are interested in more details, please let me know!

"If I am accepted into the Prerequisite Program, does it guarantee that I will be accepted into the DC program?"

I can give you brief insight into the answer of this question, but it would be wise to contact an Admissions counselor yourself. I know that you can come in as a Prerequisite student with the intention of applying for either the chiropractic or naturopathic medicine programs. However, being accepted into the Prerequisite Program does NOT guarantee your admittance into other professional programs. However, I'm not sure about this, but I think you can apply for Chiropractic program and that you can receive a conditional admittance with the conditions of finishing your prerequisites and passing them. For more of a solid answer, contact an admissions counselor

"How rigorous is the first phase of the DC program? I ask this question because I am very nervous about anything that has to do with chemistry. It is definitely my weakest subject and I am afraid that I will have a lot of trouble with this subject on down the road."

The first phase is very rigorous. It is very different from an undergraduate science program for many reasons. One of those reasons is that you barely have any buffer classes. What I mean by that is, you do not have "electives" to help boost your grade point average. Your GPA will be based on heavy science classes, and not just one science class, but about 25-27 credits worth of them. It is a lot to get used to and handle; however, it's VERY POSSIBLE. Time management is the key. You will face days when you don't know if 24 hours in a day is enough, and personally, I'm still asking myself that question--and I'm past Phase I. 

If you are nervous about it, you can try the first trimester going full-time and gauge your performance and sanity that way. Phase I of the program is a 4-term track. The phase may also be completed in 5 or 6 terms. Your advisor will work with you to determine whether you should follow the 4-term track or choose the 5-term or 6-term track. There are definitely options that are there to help you be successful. 

"How far is Lombard from Chicago?"

Lombard is about 25 minutes from Chicago but that is WITHOUT traffic, which unfortunately is very rare, or without snow in winter. Some students who live downtown have said that it has taken about one hour or a little more to get to school in the morning, and that it takes a little longer to get back to Chicago if you are leaving Lombard at rush hour time which is 5-7pm. My fiancé commutes to the downtown clinic and he hasn't fully enjoyed the commute, but some people really don't mind it. There are definitely other suburban options like Oak Park, which is virtually halfway between Chicago and Lombard, however people who live in that suburb still experience about the same traffic. 

Tip of the week: Research all your options as a prospective student! Lombard/Chicago has so much to offer!  

See you all next week!

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