Freedom Awaits! (Week 11)

Week’s Itinerary= Musculoskeletal Final, SA Digestive Final, and Radiology

Guess where I am now . . .

beach

 Yep! I am at the beach with friends!

I am so thrilled that my core classes are finally over.  This week consisted of no sleep and eating delicious junk food as I took my last three final exams.  Monday was Musculoskeletal, and I was a little nervous for this one.  For one, it was the only final out of all the classes to be cumulative, and this final is 50% of our grade (hate this!).  It was all multiple choice between three professors with three different personalities.  You could tell which professor was kinder than the others based on their questions.

SA Digestive Final (not cumulative) was challenging,, but I surprisingly enjoyed taking it.  It made me feel like a doctor where I had to read a case and make very important decisions that will best help the patient.  It can be tricky because some of the questions can be subjective, but the professors are trying to prepare us to make decisions for ourselves instead of just memorizing information on slides.  I really appreciate that type of learning.

My last final, Radiology (not cumulative), was the day right after taking SA Digestive.  I was determined to learn all of that information before taking the exam.  I did not fail!  I managed to get a B (will take it in a heartbeat).

I feel so at peace now that I am done with everything.  Thank you for listening to my struggles and triumphs this semester.  Next is electives, so you won’t hear from me until December.  Can’t wait to share my adventures with you all soon!

Here are more pictures from my trip!

beach1

Fish chowder by the campfire followed by smores and jacuzzi action!

beach2

Uh oh!!  Yeah. . . on our way back from our trip, I experienced another freak accident that involved another animal.  We hit a deer!  It was quite a scary experience, but I am so glad none of us got hurt except for my friend’s totaled car :(  Why do these animals keep wanting to hurt me!?  Honestly and surprisingly, my pit bull attack was way scarier than this because this car crash happened so quickly, and I didn’t see anything (just the impact, smoke from the blown airbags, and not knowing where we would stop and end up at was the only scary thing).

beach3

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 34:17-20

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

Finals Commence (Week 10)

Week’s itinerary= LA Digestive Final, Theriogenology Final

I finally made it to finals . . . what a journey!  The experience honestly felt as though I had been taking finals since the third week of school the way every week has been so intense.  So, here is how the last 2 weeks of what my core classes will look like:  this week is 2 finals (LA Digestive and Theriogenology (Animal Reproductive Medicine), and next week is 3 finals (Musculoskeletal, SA Digestive, and Radiology).

Last week, all of my exams and quizzes were completed last Thursday, so I had what I deemed a sufficient amount of time to begin studying for my finals this week since my first final began on Wednesday.  As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the GI tract in horses, cows, sheep, and goats.  It was not as difficult as I thought it would be.  For this exam (not cumulative), there was a take-home portion (case-based short answers) regarding fluid therapy for sick patients and an in-class portion (multiple choice) regarding diseases of the liver and diarrhea issues.  Some of the material for the in-class exam portion did remind me of studying for bacteriology, virology, and parasitology all over again because of the lists of diseases from these critters we have to be concerned about.  I managed to do well in that class.

The last final for this week, theriogenology (not cumulative), was taken on Friday.  This time we had to learn about stallion, dog, and cat reproduction.  The material I was studying for was so organized and engaging.  However, they made the final only 25 questions like the 3rd exam we took.  I do not like this at all because there is not enough questions to buffer my grade.  The questions were also very challenging and picky again.  I hope I did well (Update:  Did fine!)

This past weekend, I took part in “AthHalf”, which is a half marathon (13.1 miles) celebrating music and art here in Athens.  I was inspired to run this marathon because a classmate of mine who lost 50 pounds decided to run this marathon.  After the 10th mile, I was ready to collapse and go to sleep.  My knees and ankles felt like they were going to dislocate, but it was all worth it! :)

athHalf2 athHalf

 

Here is me with church members my Bible study group are a part of.  I was able to finish in around 2:15:00.

One more week to go!

Through Him,

~Camille

2 Timothy 4:7= “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Surprisingly Not That Bad (Week 9)

Week’s Itinerary= SA Digestive Quizzes #3 and 4, Pathology Pre-Test

This week was honestly not that bad!  We had a quiz or exam every day, but the experience was nowhere as stressful as the previous weeks.

The SA digestive quizzes were again tedious to study for, but very informative.  The professor helped us with one of them by uploading her power point slides with the same quiz material.  I highly recommend studying that before tackling the required textbook reading.

This was my last chance to try and successfully pass the next pathology pre-test. I didn’t pass the last one, and remember you need to pass with a 90 or better in order to not take the real exam.  The material for this exam was beastly and not fun to look over sometimes.  The focus was on pathological features for brain and central nervous system disorders, and I had to plow through a ton of material to get ready. Fortunately, I passed by getting 90 percent of the answers right!  The professor was surprisingly nice with her questions this time.  Thank goodness.  This meant I did not have to worry about taking the exam on Friday, so I hope my other classmates did well that day.

This past weekend, I went back home to help my aunt in Atlanta with a business project that Microsoft has been backing since this past summer. Her program is called “Global Education Consultant Group” and it aims to help students who are high school seniors or college freshmen interested in STEAM careers (Science + Technology +Engineering + Arts [newly added] +Mathematics).  Here is her website:

http://drelainebryan.com/services/gecg-microsoft-fall-stem-program/

EB

I helped my aunt with photography and met some of the students she’s working with. They are eager to learn how to become leaders in their field of study and to learn how to communicate and network their way into good jobs, or maybe even creating their own businesses.

If you’re a young person who fits this description, check out the website. Students in this program have met not only college recruiters, but learned how music promotion works from the managers who manages Usher’s career. Next month Jovita Moore, a news anchor at Atlanta’s channel 2, will meet with them.

I was glad to lend a hand with this great project.

EB1

EB2

Here is my aunt, Elaine Bryan, discussing the program

EB3

Here is one of the students who took part in the program last summer and is now an ambassador for my aunt’s company.  She created the new logo for my aunt’s foundation.  She is also interested in going to Pharmacy School and hopes to be an anesthesiologist.  Wow!

Through Him,

~Camille

Ephesians 4:29 ” Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

Time to Prove Myself (Week 8)

Week’s Itinerary= SA Digestive Quiz #2, Basic Surgery Final Exam, Science Research Symposium

Even through all this madness, I am doing surprisingly well with my grades.  I am beginning to find a balance where I am not being blown this way or that by my surroundings. I am staying the course that God has graciously provided for me. In past semesters, I would occasionally be discouraged by professors, classmates, or even anything I saw displeasing in my environment. But now, I am beginning to stop worrying about every little thing that bothers my heart and spirit. Never let anything in your path discourage you from achieving your goals.

Small animal (SA) digestive quizzes are hard and adequate preparation takes up so much of my time.  We were asked to read two scientific articles about liver disease syndromes and the possible role of nutraceuticals (nutrition supplements that may act as medicines) for treating liver problems. Together, this assignment was more than 20 pages of pure intellectual dryness, assigned at the same time as studying for our surgery final.

Fortunately, reviewing for surgery was not that bad.  The final asked for short answers and was divided into surgery and anesthesia sections, just like the quizzes we’ve been taking. My advice is to review all the lectures and videos, and you should be fine.

Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program (GVSP) participants were required to present at UGA’s Vet School symposium this week. We presented our summer research findings to our peers and professors at the school, and not to an audience of basic scientists as we did before and honestly I was a lot less nervous.  My main goal was to make my talk as fun and engaging as I could, so that anyone could understand the experiments I did.

So I watched the audience carefully while I was talking. Some people smiled and nodded at the right times, but then I looked at others where their eyes were glazed over. Seeing that, I realized that I can’t make everyone understand what I’m trying to say. At least not yet.  My research included challenging material, and I now appreciate what professors go through during lectures.

You can learn more about my GVSP experiments in my post called “The Best of Summer”.

Through Him,

~Camille

Isaiah 30:41 “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

A Ride Filled with Turbulence (Week 7)

Week’s Itinerary= SA Digestive Midterm, Canine Ovariohysterectomy, Radiology Exam 3

Looking back on these past few weeks, I’ve realized that life at vet school can be a roller coaster.  I cannot believe I survived all of that, and there is still more to come.  I feel exhausted, spent, and delirious one day and then feel rejuvenated, inspired, and tranquil the next.  It’s a ride that is so life-changing that it’s still, after three years here, so hard to put into words.  Do I still think vet school is worth it?  Yes, but you need to make sure you are physically and mentally ready for the bumps and turns that this curriculum has to offer.

The first exam on Monday was the midterm for our small animal digestive course. The midterm was enjoyable but some questions were very tricky.  It was the type of exam where every answer could possibly be right, but the professors want the “most likely” or “BEST” answer from the list of choices.  I managed to do fine, thank goodness.

Surgery time!  It is my final surgery for our core classes. (I signed up for the advanced surgery elective for later this semester).  This week, we got to spay a pit bull mix.  I LOVED her so much and honestly wanted to adopt her because her personality was beautiful.  This is surprising because I was attacked by a loose pit bull this past July and harbored negative feelings toward pit bulls —  until I met this cutie pie.  She changed my whole perspective on them.  Not all pit bulls are monsters!  She also got adopted by a first year, so I am so happy she has a good home.

May

We did have a radiology quiz before our third exam on Friday, but that was very much like the others.   I got an A on the exam.  The professor was such a great teacher.  He discussed everything within the thorax and although the material was dense, he explained everything well and he was helpful with answering questions.

 

Through Him,

~Camille

John 14:27= “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Talk About Overload (Week 6)

Week’s Itinerary= Musculoskeletal Midterm, Theriogenology Exam 2

 

This is the second weekend of “studying overload” before my two exams and quizzes this week.  I had to prepare myself for our musculoskeletal midterm on Monday.  It consisted of multiple choice and short answer questions that covered 12 lectures, which was a lot to review over the weekend.

My research this summer with Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program (GVSP) greatly prepared me for the material in this class.  I am very grateful I had the wonderful opportunity of working with bone fractures and using mesenchymal stem cells in order to aid in the bone repair.

My last exam this Friday was theriogenology (animal reproduction studies).  It was brutal.  I usually love when we’re given two hours to take an exam because more time means less stress and pressure.  I was wary, though, when I saw only 25 multiple-choice questions in a two-hour exam period. Most of the questions were straightforward, but a handful involved specific data about what happens and when during gestation. For example, we were asked about the details of dosing regimens for specific drugs,  exactly when twinning in horses can be detected before it becomes detrimental to the health of the mother, percent of sperm used to increase fertility, and so on.  The material we had to review for this exam was just so dense that having to memorize details can be frustrating, but those details matter to our patients.

Through Him,

~Camille

Romans 8:31= “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Bring it On (Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary= Radiology Exam 2, Respiratory Pathology Pre-test and Exam, Ovariohysterectomy Feline Surgery, and Surgery Quiz #4

I looked at the class schedule and realized that I have two exams for four consecutive weeks, on Mondays and Fridays. As a result, I can barely tell the differences between weekends and weekdays.  This Monday we had our radiology exam 2 and my feline spay surgery (ovariohysterectomy).  I was nervous before taking my radiology exam because of how revolting my quiz grade was last Friday. I approached the exam with a feeling of doom lurking ahead, but I should never have let that quiz discourage me.  The exam was surprisingly straight forward: it covered general concepts and abnormalities that can be detected in x-rays of equine forelimbs and hindlimbs.

Surgery was exhilarating!  I was finally the surgeon this time, and our patient was an adorable, 16-week-old female Seal Point Siamese.  A young cat equals a tiny reproductive tract, so this task was definitely an exciting challenge.  Another big issue for kittens is they can easily become hypotensive (low blood pressure), so we had fluids and emergency drugs ready to go for our patient.  I had the honor of taking out one ovary and the uterus while my surgery assistant took out the second ovary.  No signs of hemorrhage were detected, so our surgery procedure was a success.  And quiz #4 on Friday went well.  It consisted of an anesthesia and surgery portion.

Great news.  After our surgery, a classmate adopted our patient!  I am so happy for her because she is in great hands.

indie

indie2

Immediately after surgery, I had to begin studying for our pathology pre-test, which was  exhausting.  The pre-test was early Tuesday morning, so I did have overnight to review everything.  If you don’t remember from last year, we are allowed to take a pre-test before our actual test.  If we pass it with a score of 90% or better, we do not have to take the actual exam.  I love that rule.  However, passing the pre-test is easier said than done.  I did not pass the pre-test, but I did exceptionally well on the exam that was taken on Friday.

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 68:5-6:
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,  is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families..”