Wrapping Up 5th Tri

Hello Ladies and Germs, 

This is my last blog of 5th Tri. I am soooooooo pumped to be done. I get bored easily, and after 10 weeks into a tri I'm looking for a fresh class. Final exams are horrible in 5th Tri (and most other tris) because we have 8 in 4 days next week. Caffeine anyone?

One of the things I've been doing since college is reflecting back on the trimester--things I've accomplished, things I can improve on. Always tinkering to get more production per unit of my time. After all, time is the greatest currency we have. It's nonrenewable and precious. YOLO (you only live once).

Reflective Thoughts and My Self Imposed Grades On...

CLASSES: Overall Self Grade: B

For the clinical science phase of the DC program, I opted to stay full track. I have not been full track since 1st Trimester, so this was a big adjustment to go from 20 credits a tri to 28.5. It's especially hard for my brain because I enjoy doing a lot of extracurricular studying so my class load is never the extent of my education; it is always supplementary.

I have gotten 80s on average across the board, which is solid but not crushing anything. You'll find there are only so many hours in the day and I am comfortable with the application of the information, which is more important than the grades (for me). I didn't like that I fell off the wagon after midterms as far as regularly printing out class notes and even taking class notes. Needs improvement for 6th Tri. Although, I can always improve--overall, not bad. 

SEMINARS: Overall Self Grade: A+  

I just finished my AK certification test this past weekend. I got a 101.5%!!! -- and was the seminar valedictorian (which includes doctors). No other student got above a 90, so I was very excited. I've been working extremely hard at learning Applied Kinesiology and mentoring under Dr. Francis because of his incredible clinical results (he fixes stuff that just is unheard of). As a result I've been able to "help" a lot of friends and family well before I am "supposed to be able to" (whatever that means).

In conclusion, I had 5 (possibly 6) seminars this trimester, the most I've ever done in a tri. Weekends of 9:00am - 7:30pm both days are no joke and sap your recharge button. In fact, this last month I haven't had a day off heading into finals. Was it worth it? Ask my family/friends when I get home. ;)

WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Overall Self Grade: C-

If you don't do what you love, you'll never love what you do on a regular daily basis. That's a recipe for depression. Make sure you love chiropractic before you come here. This grade is based on a few things. I only had 2 true weekends off this whole summer. That's an F for balance haha. BUT, my best friends from JMU and my sister came out to visit for EPIC weekends of fun. That is an A for balance :). So I decided to mash those together for my C-. I realized that I burned the candle at too many ends this trimester.

Next trimester, I'm going to take only 1 or 2 seminars MAX. Focus on enjoying a little more R&R time with friends, and take up a few more bucket list items. I believe that will get my grade up to A/B range!

Goals For Break:

  • Start/Test out a small online business project
  • Read "Rise of the Phoenix"
  • Study for National Board Exams (Part 1)
  • Go to Cape Cod
  • Visit my Grandpa in Syracuse
  • Golf
  • Obviously enjoy friends/family :)
  • Practice chiropractic (DUH!)

Cheers and Blessings,