To Go or Not To Go??

In life there is always going to be different views and opinions on just about everything simply because we are all unique and have a mind of our own. One specific question that is always being debated is whether or not a student who is in Chiropractic school should start going to seminars or wait until you are finished to start. So who is right?

Let’s look at it from the side of view that you should wait until you are done with school before going to additional seminars. Would it be more worth wild to wait until you have an understanding of all the fundamental information before going and learning specialized information? Also, why spend money that is not yours and your going to have to pay back? Or, how do you even know what technique is going to fit you best? Therefore, should you wait?

Ok, now lets see the other side of the coin. While you are learning the Chiropractic profession, should you experiment and find exactly what fits you? While the cost of seminars is usually a lot less expensive especially when you are a student? To help make the information you are learning in school a more practical understanding.

So with many different views on whether or not you should wait I personally believe that it is totally up to the specific individual. Everyone needs to do what works for them. Everything is not for everyone and everyone is different therefore do what makes you happy and just make sure you make an educated decision that you can live with. So…what do you think?






Is anyone building an ark?

This week has been pretty crazy here at Sherman College. No, I'm not talking about school itself, it's actually been pretty nice this week to have all of my midterms finally finished, I'm talking about the weather. Normally anyone reading a blog would assume that I must be really bored if I'm posting about the weather, but this week it has really been something worth talking about.

Last Wednesday was supposed to be the beginning of playoffs for the mens softball team, but the games got rained out, then rescheduled for Monday, but they got rained out again and are now rescheduled for tonight. Today is the first pretty day we've had in a week, but the forecast calls for more thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

On my drive back down here from Kentucky on Sunday I pretty much floated here as much as drove and the drive back up on friday may be more of the same. I'm glad the school is built on a hill, because if this keeps up, it might be the only place around here left to dock the ark before all of South Carolina is under water.


Found some fishing in SC!

As a flyfisherman from the rocky mountains, I have found myself somewhat homesick since I have been here, for the cool, clear streams of the west, and the joy of flyfishing for trout. Now I know this post isn't necessarily related to chiropractic, but as a chiropractic student, not everything is either. Sometimes a big part of being a student is being able to get away from being a student for short periods of time. Two weeks ago that is exactly what I managed to do. Previous to starting school here I was a department manager in Sportsman's Warehouse in Lexington KY. When I came down here for school the manager of the Sportsman's Warehouse in Columbia SC told me that he could use a little help occasionally on weekends, if I ever wanted a break from the weekly drive up to KY. Two weeks ago was one of those weekends, and a fellow employee had told me that the Saluda River in Columbia was stocked with trout right below Lake Murray Dam. After I got off on Saturday afternoon I went down to the river for the last few hours of daylight and was pleasantly surprised and was able to scratch a pesky itch. While fishing the riffles and pools below the dam I caught a bout a half dozen of this years stocking of brown trout on caddis dry flies, but then as it got darker and the caddis bite turned off I switched over to a black wooly bugger before leaving and was rewarded with a bent rod and a 20+ inch holdover brown trout, and was able to leave very satisfied with the afternoon. The good news about the whole trip is that the river is only a little over an hour from Spartanburg, close enough that it's not a major trip to get there, and I can go whenever I work, but just far enough that I can't get there afterschool on a week day and expect to really get any fishing in, so it keeps me from using valuable study time on the river.

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Here is a little catbird I saw just today in my garden :)  probably making a nest in the little bush it was near :)  the eggs will be a beautiful blue!

The lovely month of May!  I can't help singing the song from Camelot when I think of the first day of May!  The weather is gorgeous!  But, it is beginning to get that warm Southern flavor :)  of HOT!

The NEWS FLASH from this quarter is that everyone I know has passed their Boards whether it be Board I or II !!!!  A very successful end of last quarter and beginning of this quarter!!

However, it's almost old news now as we are into Midterms here at Sherman.  Sigh, life goes on and we must all keep up.  The good news is….Boards are over !  (for now).

Time to study for those Midterms and on through till the end of the quarter.  There's not much time to pause anymore.  A bit of sun perhaps here and there as long as it is well planned and organized around studies and exams.  Yet, I am planning my 3 week summer vacation at the end of this quarter!  WE MUST KEEP FOCUSED on little and big goals!



Well, midterms week is almost over. It's a huge relief to be nearly done with midterms because it has been one stressful week. We've had multiple exams every day this week, but we've gotten through. the tough part though is that neuroanatomy II's midterm isn't until next week. So even though I'm through with everything for this week, I've still got the toughest one yet to come, and I am not looking forward to it. Well, I'm sure I'll get through, and I can't let it ruin a good weekend to come.


Neuroanatomy is Fun!

Anyone looking for a good time Monday through Thursday from noon to two, come join us everyday for neuroanatomy II with Dr. Duke. I've been told that biochemistry II is the most challenging class we take here at Sherman College, and I really hope that is true. I found the material in biochemistry II to be challenging, but as long as I applied myself, had no real trouble understanding and came out of the class very well in the end. However this quarter with neuroanatomy II, the material is not difficult to follow, but the amount of material is truly intimidating. The class is designed to give us a better understanding of the human brain, and I have found this to be true, because now I have a very real appreciation for the millions of neurons and synapses that are cooking each day as I try to store two more hours of lecture each day into the already highly packed spaces in my head. Each of us in the class are grateful for our Mondays for one reason. That is the day that Dr. Duke does not lecture, but instead we have lab time to study models. It gives us a short break to prepare ourselves for the mountain of information we will recieve for the rest of the week. A quick tip for future neuro students: Dr. Duke has a good sense of humor and likes to tell stories, so prepare before class with a good joke or a question that can get him into one of his many stories, because if you can get him off subject for ten minutes, it might give you just enough time to come up for air before drowning under a new flood of information. But most of all, enjoy it, and remember that we are doing this to go into the greatest proffession in the world.

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My Newly Found Obsession

Let me start off by saying that I would never just pick up a book and start reading it for fun. The only time I would ever read would be in school when I was assigned to read. Therefore, when my classmate told me that I had to read this one book I was very hesitant. Finally, I decided it is time to turn a new leaf and try something new. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. She told me that she had not only the first book but the whole series to the Hunger Games. When I asked what it was about, I had no idea that I was going to get the response I did. She explained that it was about these tributes that had to go in front of the capitol and fight till the death, being there could only be one winner. After hearing this, I was honestly scared and rethinking my decision to take time out and read this. But I decided why not being there were now a couple students and even teachers who had read this and where raving about how good it was. Let me tell you, the book was phenomenal. I could not put it down, and again I am not one to read. If I can say the least, I had to start the second and third book immediately and had the same problem, I could not put them down. It felt like I started reading it and I needed to get further in the story to see what is going to happen. If I can suggest anything to you, it would be to read this book. Well, my classmate was able to get four other people hooked on reading these books. So after reading the first book, five of my classmates and I went to see the movie. I thought the book was great, well the movie was even better. It was over two hours long and it felt as if you were there for a half an hour. For someone who does not like to read, I am officially hooked on reading and the Hunger Games is what started this new obsession. So, if you decide to take the plunge and read these books, “May the odds be ever so in your favor!”


The Quarter is Under Way

Well, another new quarter is now well under way. With bagelfest for the quarter over, all of the new quarter festivities are done and it is time to settle into the rythm of classes. The nice thing is that with the quarter system each class goes by quickly and it seems that as soon as we feel like the quarter has really started, it is midterm time, and before we know it, finals are here. To someone who hasn't experienced it, the idea of as many as sixteen midterms and finals in eight differend classes all coming at you within a little more than four weeks can certainly seem intimidating, and well, being that this is the first time I've ever really thought about it in those terms, it is intimidating, but somehow we all seem to get through it ok anyway. I would certainly rather do it this way and feel like the time is flying by, rather than a semester or trimester system where things seem to drag on forever. There is just as much pressure on the teachers to keep classes concise and to the point, to teach us the things we need to know for boards without a lot of additional information that we don't really need. I feel like I've just gotten started, but then I look back at what I've done, and I've now been here almost a year and I am amazed at the amount of material that I have learned, and at how much is still to come, but I think it is something to look forward to rather than worry about. This is the reason why my patients will be willing to put their health in my hands, because I will have put in the time to be able to know how to best help them with their lives.


Campus Fun: CCC Cookout


DSCN0031[1]As the beginning of a new quarter starts the thought of the CCC Cookout is on everyone’s mind. The second Wednesday of every quarter the CCC club holds a cookout for all students, but mainly for the new students coming in. The CCC provides the food for everyone and makes sure they have something for everyone. The CCC takes this time to get to know the new students and introduce them to the CCC club. Being the Spring semester is only for transfer students there was not a huge incoming class but yet there was still plenty of people taking the opportunity to eat a good meal and get to engage in conservations with their fellow school mates.


DSCN0029[1]As usual the cookout started at 5:30 and by 5 o’clock the grills were up and running and the smell of food filled the entire building. I was in my last class of the day (Microbiology II) and half of the classes stomachs were rumbling from the smell of the food. After that aroma filled the classroom, at least half of the class went down to get some food. Everyone seemed to enjoy good laughs, great company, and even better food! Thanks goes out to the CCC club for letting this event happen.



Blood Drive April 30 at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center

  • What:  Blood Connection at the Sherman College Health Center
  • Who:  Future and current Health Center patients will receive a free visit (x-rays not included). All donors will receive a free t-shirt from The Blood Connection
  • When:  Monday, April 30, from 1-5 p.m.
  • Why:  Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. You can help Sherman and The Blood Connection support the needs of our community.
  • Where:  Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center, 2020 Springfield Road in Spartanburg
  • To Do:  Participants, please drink plenty of water and eat before donating!
  • Contact:   Dr. Rochelle Delain, 864-578-8770, ext. 230,
  • Online:  Go to  or

Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as primary health care professionals who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in Spartanburg, SC, the college operates a Chiropractic Health Center open to the public where students intern under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic. For more information, visit or call 800-849-8771.

For more information, please contact:
Chiropractic Health Center
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 864-578-8770, ext. 230 or 864-578-8777