I am just over one year into my journey to become a doctor of chiropractic. It is daunting and I’ve struggled along the way. But if it was supposed to be an easy path then everyone would be called Doctor. Cleveland Chiropractic College is unlike any other academic environment I’ve ever experienced. When I tell people that we are a family, I don’t think they fully grasp how deep our love for each other really lies. I’ve heard about super competitive schools and while we are competitive, ours is a friendly competition and not the cut-throat sabotage variety. At any time someone will offer tips for how to study for a test or freely share their old notes with another student. It is the most genuinely caring environment I’ve ever been privileged enough to call home.
When people say it is a blessing to lift others up so they might succeed I am proud to say that Clevelanders exhibit this every single day without a second thought. It is as much from the faculty as it is from the other students. I know that at any time I can talk with a professor who will set everything down, and with genuine interest, answer any questions I might have or offer guidance if that’s what I’m needing. Open door policy is a way of life here and even with instructors that I may not have taken classes from yet.
Once a year we all get together for a night of relaxing fun. It’s the Cleveland Chiropractic formal. Everyone gets dolled up, enjoys a great meal, and shares some laughs with students and faculty alike. The food was delicious, the music was perfect, and everyone had a great time. It’s a nice reminder that every once in a while we all need to set the studying down and step back to enjoy the life we are living right now. Once we are finished with school and have our fancy diploma we will wish that we could have spent more time with our chiropractic family.
I raise a glass to you all. You are the support group that others should strive to become!
Chiro Prom 2015
Winter break is over and this is the first week back to school. Grad school is fun. Ok, maybe not fun in the classic sense. Fun as in “OH GOD! OH GOD! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!…or maybe not”. Let the coffee addiction resume.
Religions fascinate me and they always have. I do not subscribe to any particular religion. I am not a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, or Jew. But this post isn’t about my religion or lack thereof. It’s about my sometimes inappropriate sense of humor.
I attend a chiropractic school so I finally have a reason to have a box of bones. Just ask my poor mother and she’ll tell you that I’ve always wanted a skeleton. Needless to say my anatomy and physiology class (just auditing this one since I’ve taken it before but wanted a refresher before my graduate classes start) uses bones and fun websites depicting different aspects of a cadaver dissection. I’ve arranged to borrow an articulated skeleton from a friend so I have something in my hands to remember all of the names of each bump and dimple on each of the bones. Don’t worry, sadly, these are not real human bones.
I can’t just have a box of bones in my kitchen and NOT name this poor fellow. There were a few names tossed around. BOB was a contender for a little while (Boyfriend Of the Box) until it occurred to me that with the nice weather we’ve been having the door-to-door bible preaching folks would be out soon. So now when they visit me and ask if I’ve found Jesus I can say YES and proceed to tell them that he’s in a box in my kitchen. That’s right! I named my new friend Jesus.
Do I need therapy? Maybe but this entertains me and no humans were harmed in the making of my entertainment so pffffffft 😛
Jesus is my friend.
Monday was a good day. My classes weren’t bad, the DC (doctor of chiropractic) kids are on spring break so it’s undergrads only on campus, and I got an email that made me smile. My admissions advisor let me know that with the posting of the grades from the previous module my admissions packet was in the hands of the committee. Up until this point I think I’m about the only student that doesn’t have an official acceptance to the doctorate program. NO LONGER IS THIS TRUE!!
I have to admit that I really love that this school is so very communication oriented. Most places would have let me know that I was accepted via the usual snail mail packet of fun. Nope. Not Cleveland Chiropractic College. I got a personal phone call to congratulate me. Now I can go to the registration luncheon (free food on my birthday no less) and really feel like I belong with the rest of my classmates. I will be starting the very intense twelve trimester program this fall. So if you’ve seen me since January and thought to yourself that I was just a bit under pressure you’ve just encountered the tip of the iceberg I’m afraid.
It’s going to be one heck of a ride!
Too much chemistry makes for a mess of stress.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about some big life changes that were in the works. But since it wasn’t 100% confirmed I wasn’t able to reveal all of the details. It’s still not 100% but I’d venture a guess that it’s closer to 98% and that’s close enough for me.
Starting Monday I’m going back to school. School isn’t something new to me. I’ve often taken a class or two here and there over the years (that’s how I got my associates degree after all). What makes this change huge and scary is that I’m going full-time and will only be working part-time. Well that plus a slew of other minor things like student loans which as of this point I have never had to use (work reimbursement was great while it lasted).
Cleveland Chiropractic College
I will be attending Cleveland Chiropractic College and by the end of the summer I will have finished my bachelor degree in biology. Adding to everything else that’s terrifying me about this change is that classes are accelerated. That alone is a challenge but when I get to take a ton of different chemistry classes that are eight weeks each I find myself freaked out. OH! And it gets better… my first eight week session’s grades in general chemistry 2 and organic chemistry 1 will dictate my acceptance (or lack thereof) to the chiropractic program in the fall. I’m terrified and excited all at once. I just have to make this work.
I have a great support system with all of my family and my friends that function as an even crazier family. If you find yourself in one of these groups please don’t take any panic attacks personally and forgive me if I forget something as I will have more things to juggle than I am used to. I love you all.