Ready for a new quarter

There is a clear feeling of excitement around here right now as we finish up our final week before finals begin. Many, including myself are excited to finish the quarter and have over three weeks off without having to worry about classes and exams.

Though those are great reasons to be excited, there is more to it than just the excitement of a break from school. There is excitement about change and beginning something new. In just a few short weeks we will be advancing to another new quarter, with one more under our belts, there will be a new class of students here to do another crazy bagelfest and we will all be one step closer to the goal of earning our DC degree and begining our lives in the greatest profession in the world.

Sometimes with the stresses of school life we get a little weighed down and forget the reason we are here, but at least for me, the changing of quarters is a good reminder that helps me to get reenergized about about why I am here. I've already seen miracles happen in my own life and the lives of those closest to me because of chiropractic and the decision to be here at school. I look forward to being able to see those happen for the rest of my career.


Sherman College of Chiropractic Prepares for Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees at Sherman College of Chiropractic has begun a search for the college’s next president, says Chairman Peter Kevorkian, D.C. The board is looking for a new leader to take the college to its next level of growth.

Sherman’s fourth president, Jon C. Schwartzbauer, D.C., announced May 24 that he is stepping down; Schwartzbauer will oversee day-to-day operations and serve the college as needed while the Board of Trustees conducts its search. Schwartzbauer has served as the college’s president since 2007, leading the college through reaffirmation of both institutional and programmatic accreditation, improving student learning and patient care, and implementing a comprehensive chiropractic curriculum.

Kevorkian says the board is seeking nominations and applications for a proven and dynamic leader to serve as the organization’s president. “The successful candidate will have a strong track record in inspiring, motivating and leading a senior management team and will take on the significant leadership role of representing Sherman College’s vision in the chiropractic profession,” he shares.

The college president will report to the Board of Trustees and should have a distinguished record of leadership, management and service in his/her field (D.C. preferred) including higher education, business and/or government experience and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Nominations and applications (see details here) should be addressed to the college, to the attention of the Presidential Search Committee, and should be submitted by July 31, 2012.   

June Already?!….

Well today is already June 1st. Where has the time gone? This quarter has blown by, and to think that finals are going to be here before I know it. So why is it that each day seems to be long and filled with great useful information, yet the weeks and months seem to pass with every blink I take? It is really scary to think that in a short two weeks I will have already completed a year of Chiropractic School (do not get me wrong I am filled with so many emotions such as joy, relief, excitement, and satisfaction but again WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?).

It honestly felt like yesterday that I was moving down to South Carolina, getting used to the area, starting my first day of class, meeting new people, forming friendships, and trying to figure out how I was going to manage all the courses. Surprisingly, the course load was a lot easier than I expected. I think because I love Chiropractic and want to be the best Chiropractor possible, I engage myself in my studies which makes the material and quarters more enjoyable.

Ok, again do not get me wrong, in no way am I saying that it is EASY but more so that when you enjoy something and have fun with it the time goes faster. So, for any new or even current student in the program, take advantage of what you are doing and learning here at Sherman. Engage yourself as much as possible and get the most out of this experience. Don’t blink because the time will fly by before you have a chance to jump on.


Is There Division Within the Profession?

Every profession including Chiropractic has both good and bad things in the profession. The question that seems to arise is whether there is more good or bad. What is your opinion? Are there more good things or bad things about the Chiropractic profession?

In my opinion, I would have to say that the good qualities highly outweigh the bad qualities. Yet, there are bad qualities that may eventually harm the profession if these do not get addressed and straightened out. There are so many wonderful things about Chiropractic that I could honestly go on for days! For example, Chiropractors help people while allowing the body to heal itself….. what more do I have to say?!

Ok, so I understand that there are so many passionate people in this profession but what is it that is tearing the profession apart? I believe that Chiropractors are so worried about claiming their technique is the best that they do not see the big picture. Chiropractic is about the Science, Philosophy, and ART. There are so many different techniques but who can honestly say which one is the “best”? Instead of arguing and fighting about which one is better, why not just appreciate all that is available. Honestly, as long as the patient is getting the best possible care, does it truly matter in which way it is accomplished?

Again, I understand everyone has their own opinion and this is just mine. But what is your opinion?



The Simplest Things In Life

What can be better than to be out on the water on such a beautiful day? Being the temperature was perfect and I have not had the opportunity to go kayaking, I decided that today would be that day. Let me tell you, it was exactly what I needed. Being able to just take in the nature and not have to worry about anything.
I never realized how much I truly enjoyed kayaking until I was unable to go since I moved to South Carolina. The hardest part was trying to determine where exactly we wanted to go. Back home, we always tended to go in flowing water (usually down the river) but down here it is hard to figure out what river to go on, but also where you can put in and pull out.
Therefore, since we did not completely figure that out we decided that we were just going to go to a lake.  We had all plans on going to Edwin Johnson Lake but somehow ended up at Lake Craig. I have never been to Edwin Johnson Lake but I can say that Lake Craig was beautiful. There was a great boat launch which made putting the kayaks in super easy.
Well after three hours of just taking in the scenery, sun, and nature we decided to paddle in to shore and plan our next trip (which will be this Saturday!). I guess I finally understand what it means when people say, “you always want what you don’t have.” I finally have kayaking back in my “life”.


Sherman Knows How to “Roar” in the Twenties

Sherman College could not have picked a better theme for the 2012 Lyceum banquet. Being this was my first lyceum I was not sure what to expect. But I can say that all my expectations were met. For anyone who was not able to make the banquet, the theme was the “Roaring Twenties”. Let me tell you, so many people came ready to have a good time.

Let me give everyone a quick rundown for all of you unfortunate ones who could not attend. The food was wonderful (they had a carving station for meats, mashed potato bar, pasta bar, salad bar, and cheese/bread bar). The students who participated in decorations left no room for disappointment. Finally, the photo booth that almost everyone took advantage of in order to let their “inner kid” come out.

With so many doctors, students, faculty, and friends everyone was ready to let loose and get their boogie on. The girls came looking their best in flapper dresses while the men where all decked out in their suits. There was not one song that the dance floor was not filled. Everyone was dancing and letting all their worries behind them. This lyceum did not disappoint in any aspect. Hopefully for anyone who could not make it this year, will make sure to be there next year!


Here it comes again!

It seems like I just posted on here about the relief of getting midterms over with, and now all of a sudden here comes finals! There are benefits and costs to a quarter system like we have here at Sherman. The benefit is that if you keep your sights set fairly short-term the quarters fly by and before you know it you're done, but one of the big costs is that you never get a real reprieve from the pressure of upcoming exams. Just as soon as you get through one, there is another one right around the corner to gat started on. The only real break we ever get is the breaks between quarters. I'm looking forward to the next one which will be a little over three weeks. Given the costs and the benefits, I don't think I'd have it any other way. I like the idea that I'm never more that a few weeks away from finishing another class and another quarter.


Believe It Or Not

Believe it or not, it’s May 30! Whew! So much has happened this quarter… recovery from Boards, Lyceum 2012, my first elective (Yay!), end of the elementary school calendar, aka summer time for my daughter, and today is registration for next quarter! 

I always love registering for the next quarter! Call it geeky if you will, to me is a time to look forward to the next “season” of classes. It’s a mark of accomplishment before finals occur. 

Finals, if you must know, take a lot out of me. But somehow I always bounce back. People who have seen me through this process just know ahead of time I’m gonna fret and vibrate waaay too much stress. O well, I really, really, try not to! VB-Sigh. Each and every final season I’m always convinced I’m gonna DIE this time for SURE!!! And somehow I always make it!

When I look back at all the drama, post graduation, I’m sure going to have a good laugh at myself. In the meantime, I do the best I can and will have to be satisfied with that. If only “we” could truly detach from ourselves and find a way to make life easier while we were going through it, there would be so much more… peace in our worlds.

Ahh, just now I had a mah-velous idea…. I’m gonna reward myself BEFORE finals! Heck! Why wait ‘til I’m barely coping? Maybe planning ahead will ease my stress a bit. Perhaps a new hairdo or a nice long massage or….a pair of very pretty pink crystal earrings? A girl’s gotta look smashing during Finals Week right?  I thought so!  🙂


SUCCESS = Sherman College

When you think of success, what comes to mind? Well, here at Sherman College success comes in many different forms. For example, Sherman has met the goal of raising 15,000 dollars for new equipment for the health center. For anyone of you who does not realize what that means, let me say it as simple as possible; IT’S HUGE! The main reason that this is such a big accomplishment is because not only did Sherman College raise 15,000 dollars, but three doctors agreed to match whatever Sherman raised, up to 15,000 dollars. Therefore, instead of 15,000 dollars that just became 30,000 dollars. Now do you understand why that is such a “BIG” deal.

With that type of success, one would assume that there is no more surprising news, but there is. Not only is that 30,000 dollars going to help with providing new equipment for the health center but it is going in an endowment fund which means that it will always be there. That is awesome to know that Sherman College is moving in the right direction. They are always looking out for the students and making improvements that allow the students to have the best experience possible.

Even though a lot of credit needs to be given to Sherman, you cannot give ALL the credit to Sherman College. If you ask me, I think everyone who participated in this should get a big THANK YOU. Whether you helped making phone calls, sending emails, donated, or any other contribution, I personally would like to say THANK YOU for all that you did in helping Sherman in reaching its highest possible potential. Without you, Sherman College would not be able to celebrate this success.


“Cast To Be Chiropractors”

CastToBeChiropractorsWhile at Lyceum this year I planned to pick up a copy of “Cast to Be Chiropractors” by Dr. Liam P. Schubel and Dr. Judd Norgrady. And of course, I planned to have it signed by Liam, who is one of the members of the Sherman Board of Trustees. And so, I did both! 

I’ve learned, slowly, that I can’t sit still all day long and study. My body just can’t take being still sooo long and I therefore plan (or they just sneak in) breaks in my studies. And so today, as I had a lovely and quiet afternoon without any interruptions, I planned some of my own distractions. 🙂 The best of which was and is taking breaks to read “Cast to Be Chiropractors.”

You see, as a chiropractic student I feel it is great fun reading about the history of chiropractic and about the paths that others took to get to their Doctor of Chiropractic and beyond….
Here you have a little excerpt that I especially liked from the book. It is written by Dr. Judd Nogrady: 

Living life with a deep commitment to chiropractic is not an easy path. You must lead rather than follow. You must put others in front of yourself. It means rarely having a normal dinner or bed time. It means total commitment to others and to the art, “your art,” of chiropractic.

Most people don’t choose a life path for themselves. Instead, they live their years letting life just happen to them. They rarely look up or side-to-side. They just take what comes along and pass on without a ripple. Others, however, make choices, goals, and long term plans. They usually live longer, more fulfilling lives and are productive for all their years.

Then there are still others who are chosen through no decision of their own. The universe reaches out and plucks them from the multitudes, setting them toward a specific path. They don’t worry what others think, and they couldn’t care less about the platitudes of the masses. They’re too busy serving others. When they pass, a huge hole in the fabric of life is altered until another is chosen to fill the void. They are chiropractors, and if you are one or are planning on being one, you have huge shoes to fill and a universe to serve.

I think you can quickly gather the philosophical bent that I have regarding chiropractic. That is, chiropractic delivered from the heart, in service, creates the best use of the philosophy, art and science. It is also perhaps the most solidly effective.

If you missed this years’ Lyceum Career Day, I hope you plan to come to the next one! Come and get spizzed by Chiropractic! There are great things happening at Sherman College of Chiropractic!