As I started eighth trimester here at NUHS, my fellow students
who had just completed eighth would pat those of us on the shoulder
beginning this course load with empathy (or was it sympathy?) and
mumble a few words of encouragement. Well, after completing
midterms week and surviving (albeit with a few bumps and bruises),
I felt pretty good and as though I had accomplished traversing
exactly half of eighth trimester! Only 6 more weeks to go from here
and it's all downhill right? Nope!
I found that the work had only really started. I generally am
pretty happy with my organizational skills. I tend to fill my
schedule's deadlines at the start of each trimester and check in
from week to week so I know what class to concentrate my efforts
toward to maximize time. In other words, I'm not a procrastinator
and that has helped with completing various tasks I need to
successfully navigate the naturopathic medicine program's workload.
This trimester is different however.
Here's a breakdown of upcoming projects, papers, presentations
that are due over the coming weeks (not counting finals week). So,
over the next three weeks I have the following work to complete for
each listed class:
Doctor Patient Relationship
- Referenced Paper - The Nature of Patient Interaction when
- 20 Minute Presentation - What is Naturopathic Medicine?
- Naturopathic Practice - Fact Sheet on a
- Naturopathic Practice - Patient Handout on a specific
- Update Hypothetical Practice Website with assigned
Advanced Botanical Prescribing
- 20 Minute Presentation (with handouts) on botanicals utilized
for Cardio-Vascular Conditions
- Personal Study Plan for the NPLEX Part II Botanical
Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine
- 20 Minute Presentation (with handouts) - Autoimmune Diseases
and vaccines (including adjuvants for the vaccines)
- 20 Minute Presentation (with handouts) - Testing for Foreign
Materials in Dental Appliances and Fillings; Explore for
cross-reactions with oral microbes and dental work based upon
This list doesn't count Dermatology and Special Populations
classes with their content and workload! This may seem like a lot
of work with the addition of time in class, quizzes (both in class
and online), cases assigned as well as work. Yet, at the same time,
having been in the working world with multiple project deadlines,
these fixed concrete dates allow me to plan and take care of the
work that needs to be done, even if time does seem to contract as
deadlines approach. This is absolutely the busiest, most task
filled, time constrictive trimester I have had here at National,
especially with the new work hours. At the same time, the classes
are engaging, challenging and building upon previous concepts so
the work doesn't seem as tedious and making progress is an
No food pics this week. I'll do my best to whip up a new
recipe or rehash something into an appetizing tidbit.
Here's a pic of the campus during the transition to spring! Just
a little snow left on the ground in mid-March with warmer weather
on its way! Hoping for an easy transition this year and many
outdoor adventures in April!
Until next week, may your deadlines be extended and you have
plenty of time to do the best work ever seen!