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Happy New Year!

by Jan 22, 2016

After a long and much needed break, I am happy to be back in Florida for trimester number four. While home in New Jersey, I visited with my family both on my mother’s side and my father’s side. I hung out with my hometown, high school, and college friends. I also got to spend some quality time with my immediate family.


I made memories everyday of my three-week winter break. My highlight was seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my dad. That movie exceeded both our expectations and I am looking forward to the next one. It was great to decompress after what turned out to be the most difficult trimester yet. Now I am ready to get back to work.


Every ‘new year’ most of us make resolutions to improve on the previous years. This year and this trimester, I am going to learn from my previous trimesters and not make the same mistakes. Though my advisor and colleagues agree I didn’t do badly last trimester, there is always room for improvement. I am going to do everything I can to stay organized even in the middle of the controlled chaos that is graduate school.

Fourth trimester is the last trimester of the basic science phase. There are three phases that makes up the NUHS Doctor of Chiropractic program: basic sciences, clinical sciences, and clinic. I am extremely excited to get this trimester going so I can complete the first phase of the program. I was also happy to see my friends from NUHS again!

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I am on the fast track also known as ‘four track’, meaning that the first phase will take me four trimesters. This trimester I am taking 27 credits, the most I have ever taken at one time. I am looking forward to the challenge but I am cautious. I have decided to purchase a printer so I am better prepared for my classes. My previous printer broke in second trimester and I used the library for printing. I decided it was worth the investment since having the PowerPoint presentations printed out before class is an excellent way to stay up to date with the material, especially with this many credits.

My classes are as follows:

  • Nutritional Biochemistry II
  • Evaluation & Management of the Head, Neck, and Cervical Spine
  • Medical Genomics
  • Medical Microbiology II
  • Manipulation of the Cervical Spine
  • Science of Diet and Nutrition
  • Systems Pathology II
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Renal Physiology
  • Radiation Physics and Technology

This is the first trimester I will not have an anatomy lab. I must admit it is very bittersweet. It was one of my favorite parts of this program, but it is nice to be done with the extra laundry because of the scrubs.

I have a lot of plans for this trimester so I look forward to sharing with everyone. Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions feel free to email me at [email protected]

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Christopher Kotwicki

Christopher Kotwicki

My name is Christopher Kotwicki and I am a future Doctor of Chiropractic! I am also a self-proclaimed beach bum, animal lover, fitness junkie, and sports fanatic.


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