Hey everyone! I can't believe that the trimester has commenced
once again! Like the title says, I will give you a miniature
synopsis of finals week, my break, AND my first week of school!
Finals week was not as packed and "exciting" as it has been in
the past. When I was dual-enrolled in both DC and ND programs, I
had anywhere from 10-16 finals in a span of 10 days, and YES that
was CRAZY! However, since my course load was much lighter in the
spring trimester, I had only a little over a handful of finals -
and after receiving my grades, I am super happy! The hard work
along with all the personal stress really paid off and I am glad
that the trimester ended successfully!
Good and Bad of Break
However, when that ended, something else began. The flu! As soon
as my official break began (the following Monday), I started to get
the dreaded flu symptoms, which progressed and impeded on all my
original plans! I was planning on preparing myself for clinic by
basically studying old material, hanging out with family and
friends, and working out. Well, all I got done was sleeping and
some eating. It was miserable and after valiant efforts to prevent
my husband from getting sick…it failed. He started getting symptoms
a week after I did. My sickness lasted the entire two weeks of
break and he was better after about a week.
When I started to feel better though, we had the chance to enjoy
the weather and went on a two-hour hike at Pilcher Forest Reserve
in Joliet. It's an undiscovered beauty that's for sure! The picture
above is a glimpse of what we saw and below is another one. For any
of you nature people (which as an ND you should be!), you must
visit this huge forest preserve! It's absolutely breathtaking.
At the end of our reign of sickness, we had time to celebrate my
best friend/cousin's birthday and going away party (she's moving to
D.C. for the summer to work with Youth Works) and Mother's Day with
my family, which was a fun way to end the tortuous break. I am so
grateful and love my family so much!!
ND Clinic Ahead
The day before classes started I compiled all the useful lecture
notes I've saved through the years in an organized BIG binder that
will help me through clinic. For all of you just joining in on my
journey, I am entering the naturopathic clinic system and have one
more year before obtaining my second (and last) doctorate! The
classes that I have this trimester are absolutely amazing! All of
them are very challenging and really provoke you to bring
everything you've learned together.
Although I've graduated from the chiropractic program, I don't
feel that will help me float on by. There are many new modalities
and treatment options that I did not use in the DC clinic that are
imperative in the ND clinic. This year will be an exciting,
challenging, frustrating, and amazing year all together. I am
ready! Be prepared for a little bit of everything as I blog my way
through the last trimesters of my educational journey! :)
My amazing and beautiful best friend/cousin graduated this past
weekend with her SECOND master's degree and will be moving onto
bigger and better things! I guess the "over-achiever" trait really
runs in the family! :)
Hey, everyone! Yes, it is that dreaded time again. Finals!
Although my schedule is much more abbreviated than EVERY other
trimester I've been here, I cannot believe the amount of tedious
assignments that I've had, from writing cases to five-page papers
PLUS studying for the finals I have next week. What you should get
used to is having anywhere from 10 to14 finals, which is very
different from undergrad. Some of the classes here have both a
lecture portion as well as lab portion and you will most likely
have finals (written and practical) in both of those classes. Don't
freak out yet because you WILL get through it with hard work and
This week went by quick because we had Ryan's mom and little
cousin visit us from Michigan on their spring break. We had fun
going shopping with them, getting pedicures (well, not Ryan ), and
eating amazing food! Then we got bad news that Ryan's grandpa was
in the hospital and we rushed to Michigan to spend time with him
and the family over the weekend. Overall, it was a stressful
weekend due to his grandpa's health problems, but also finishing up
all the assignments that I had so I could focus on studying! But
Ryan's grandpa is back home now and doing much better so we are
very happy and relieved about that.
My finals line-up is not that bad this time around. I have one
to two finals every day from Monday to Thursday next week, and I am
ready to get them over with! After finals, we are doing an "Earth
Day 5k" and I think I'm more nervous about that! Ha ha! Our good
friends just did a half marathon over the weekend and I am freaking
out about a 5k! I know, I know… it's only a little over three miles
so I hope all this working out (6 days a week) kicks in that
Well, enjoy the weather (spring is coming or here?) and study
hard if you have finals coming up like me! I will see you all in
bright and sunny May!!
Blissor: My amazing relationship with my awesome mother-in-law.
She's such an inspiration and huge support for Ryan and I!
I love to HATE April. It's the month where there's warm weather
but then NOT! It's a big tease for the amazing warm summer weather
that we're all longing for. Plus it's full of tons of allergies for
everyone. April 1st is my favorite day of my least favorite month
because it's full of surprises. I pride myself in the fact that I
am a BIG time gullible person. I got "April fooled" twice before
noon! First, my cousin told me her marriage ended! Second, my
brother told me he's not doing well in California and has to move
back to Chicago! Not good jokes at all but they thought it was
funny! Ha ha!
Final Trimester Push
As finals approach, all the professors feel like they want to
challenge us EVEN more by adding long papers to write, tedious
assignments to do that take forever but are worth a ½%, and case
studies to complete! Oh the joys of graduate level courses! It's
all fun, but boy is it VERY annoying. I feel like I'm a paper
writing machine at this point, although the VERY positive (and
reason) aspect is that I DID learn a lot. That's the point, right?
Duh, Miravone! But just wait until you get to this point where you
are freaking out about the gigantic list of finals and on top of
that you have to write long papers with a minimum of 10-12 research
This Sunday, my husband and I had the opportunity (with some
colleagues) to attend a women's health seminar held by Metagenics
concerning menopause, PCOS, and hormone imbalance in general. It
was so informative! Although we've learned all the bits and pieces
in school in multiple courses, it was very nice and refreshing to
see it all put together to be applied clinically.
The seminar made me feel more excited to start Student Clinic in
May, but nervous at the same time. My vision in our future clinic
is to specialize in women's and pediatric health especially after
attending this great seminar. However, those populations are the
most sensitive and complex for many different reasons, so I am
definitely nervous but excited all at once!
After the seminar (since we were in Chicago), we went to our
favorite Pho (Vietnamese Noodle soup) restaurant in Vietnam Town
called Pho 888. Amazing! It made the end of a long and tiring day
Overall, we had a good week and I'm still waiting on my third job
interview to get back to me! Keep your fingers crossed! Take care
Blissor: My husband and I have completed 30 days of p90X and are
moving into the second phase of the workout!
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend. Easter is an
amazing reminder of why I am who I am, and no matter what religion
you belong to, I think it's really important to have a belief
system of some sort. The knowledge of something greater than me has
really helped me cope through tough situations, including the ones
that occur due to school! Whether you practice good thinking,
meditation, prayer, etc., it is important to maintain a body, mind
and heart connection… that's truly HOLISTIC.
This week has been a whirlwind of different emotions for me.
First- Excitement! On Wednesday, our clinicians spoiled us and took
us (Student Clinic) on a field trip to Standard Process, a whole
foods supplement company, in Wisconsin. It was an awesome
experience because we had the opportunity to tour the entire plant
from every step of the supplement process. We went to see the farm
where 90% of their produce comes from, and we had nutritional
lectures on different aspects -chemistry, physiology, research, and
clinical research. Standard Process definitely spoiled us with an
amazing lunch and a goodie bag filled with full-sized products! It
was great and I think I am leaning towards using them in practice
in the future.
Second emotion I felt was- Nervousness. I had to relay to my
patient some serious news about what could possibly be going on in
his body. It was really hard for me because I knew that the patient
would also be upset to hear about it. But that's the field what we
are working in, and all I could do was assure him that we will do
everything we can do ensure recovery. He was optimistic, but it
still was hard for me. Overall the experience was positive because
I had a chance to learn how to deliver "bad news" but in a way to
still be encouraging. Although we get tons of classes on how to
deal with these types of situations, the true test is when it has
to be applied in a real-life situation. I am grateful that my
patients truly and wholeheartedly trust me and know that I really
care about them as a person, not a disorder/disease.
The last emotion for this week was- Gratefulness. Ryan and I
started to paint our house, purchased a bookshelf to get the
organizing started, and celebrated our first Easter together. It's
an amazing feeling to be so blessed with my miniature family. We
are so blessed to have a house to call our own, a puppy and two
cats to play with, and each other to love and support. And it only
Throughout school, it is important at the end of the day to
count your blessings. Keep your life in perspective and be grateful
for the positives and negatives.
Look at this picture - Sampson our cat, sleeping in the laundry
basket surrounded by my endless amounts of notes. Among all the
chaos (my notes), try to focus on the amazing blessing - a
Finals are here. Can you believe it? I definitely can't. Now at
this point, I do wish I had an extra week to get my act together so
I can kick these finals in the butt, but unfortunately, they are
staring me right in the face. It seems that every time finals roll
around, something in my life always comes in to distract me.
I have to admit that there were days when I just filled my mind
with petty stresses rather than focusing on the fact that I have a
huge OSCE exam on Friday that could determine my fate in the entire
program! You would think that the stress of just that would
motivate me to be very focused no matter what happens in life.
However, it's been easier to worry about everything else other than
school. So I am being honest and telling you all this, so that you
may overcome those distractions and stay focused.
Finals are a pretty big deal. It's smart to set yourself up with
doing well on midterms because finals come right after. I have a
total of about 10 exams in the next 10 days, whereas midterms are
over a longer period of time so you get a break in between. Finals
are definitely not as accommodating, so be ready!
So how do you handle stress of your personal life with the
stress of school? I am still trying to figure that out completely
but I have some tips that may work and help you in the future.
I hope I shed some light on some therapies I've used to help me
get through my stress. Believe it or not, it really works, but you
have to be tenacious!
Oh did I mention that I am getting married to the most
incredible man in less than three weeks? I can't believe it. The
picture is actually at Ryan's parent's house on the deck looking
out to where our ceremony will take place! Now I must conquer these
crazy exams first…
Until next time, have some frozen yogurt and if you have any
tips you would like to share, shoot me an email and I will share it
with everyone else!
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