Week’s Itinerary= Bacteriology Test 2, Neuroanatomy Lab Exam, Renal Physiology Quiz, Histology Lab Quiz 2
When will it end!!? So much went on this week! This week will scare you a bit, but you can do it. It consisted of 2 exams and 2 quizzes all lumped near each other (Wed, Thursday, & Friday). Fortunately, our class president reasoned with the Histology professor to move the quiz up to Monday to relieve some stress from Wed, which included the Bacteriology exam. After coming back from my karate tournament last weekend, I was unable to unpack, clean my room, wash any clothes, or get any groceries. I was a mess this week. I would come home after midnight for some days after studying all day at the vet school or music school. Fortunately, meetings provided food (primarily pizza) most of the days this week, which was a blessing since I couldn’t get groceries.
For Bacteriology, I thought it was difficult. I just didn’t have much time to really delve into all of these bacteria and their clinical diseases. I only had 3 days to study over 11 bacteria and there many clinical diseases. For example, Streptococcus has 8 different clinical diseases like Streptococcus uberis, S.equi, S.pyogenes, etc. I did the best I could, and realized that you should just stick with your gut. If you know the bacteria, don’t second guess yourself with an answer, just mark it down. I am so glad this exam was multiple choice b/c I could narrow down what answers were very wrong. After this exam, your anxiety and nervousness eases down for a little while. I got an A (90%!!! / class average was ~90%). Just b/c the average was high does not mean the exam was a walk in the park. I was SO shocked to get that grade b/c I really only had just a few days to study after those 2 exams last week (wk 7).
We got back our Cell Biology Final exam that we did last Friday, and I got an 88.75%! Again, I advise you to study hard before the exam even if you hear that you can get a B in the class for just getting a 50% on your final exam. I also got my 2nd and final paper for Cell Biology and got a 100%, which means I got an A in the class! Praise the Lord!!! On Thursday, the day right after the Bacteriology exam, we had our Renal Physiolgy quiz. Since I did not pay attention in class at all before the Bacteriology exam, I decided to do a marathon of Physiology recordings found online. This saved my life!!! I was able to comprehend everything the teacher was talking about on my pace. I can pause her anytime I am lost and not feel behind. After the quiz, the professor went over the quiz, & I think I got a 100% on the quiz! There were 5 recorded lectures I had to watch, so I basically went to bed at around 2am 😦 Hallelujah!! All of this studying is paying off. And then there’s the Neuroanatomy lab exam on Friday. . .
Just like the Anatomy practical lab portion of the exam, we had to alternate to different stations (50 questions this time). Also, less resting stations were provided, but I honestly did not need the full minute and 30 seconds to answer all of the questions. In the beginning of the exam, I was feeling pretty good. Later, however, all of the brains were beginning to look like blobs, so it was hard to identify everything correctly. Also, I was a bit frustrated that the professors added things on the exam that they never told us to know. I hope they will do a learning objective list in the future like how they do for Anatomy. Right after lab that day, I went to my mailbox & saw my long awaited Histology Midterm in my box. My heart was pounding so hard b/c I was terrified with what I might see. The first section I viewed was the lecture portion. I managed to get a 90% on it, which I won’t complain. The lab section was what I was really worried about b/c of how low my quiz grades were for that class. Guys, I got an 84%!! That feels like an A to me b/c of how difficult it was. So that means overall, I got ~approx. 87% on my Histo midterm. Praise God! I pray that everyone else did okay. The class average was not posted up yet (Later found out that the average was an 83%).
On Saturday, I was invited by some classmates to take a break and go see a movie! We decided to watch “Frankenweenie”, and it was not my favorite (I’d give it a C-). It did give me a chance to just laugh out loud at how stupid it was. Definitely stay for the ending (last 20 minutes), b/c that was the best part of the whole movie.
He was actually the only thing I liked about this movie. He was just such a weird character, but I gravitated to him (kind of like how I did with Gollum in The Lord of the Rings 🙂 )
On Sunday, I did my second day on the job at Bear Hollow Zoo today. The birthday party went extremely well again!! The mom of the two precious birthday boys (one turned 4 and his brother turned 2) hates snakes, so I had to adjust my presentation a bit. The change from a Ball Python to a Red-footed Tortoise turned out to flow real nicely in my presentation with the Barn Owl and Hedgehog. The children and parents really liked seeing the animals up close, and I tried to get the parents involved as well by asking questions and allowing them to pet some of them. Today was my first time EVER getting a tip (20$). I felt like I accomplished something so grand with that tip! But, the most important thing about this job is to see these children smile and learn something new about God’s beautiful creatures.
Proverbs 28:27= “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.”