Week’s Itinerary= Physiology Test 1 & Immunology Test 1
We had a total of 4 exams within 8 days! It was extremely intense. When exams are so closely placed like this (umm, lets see, like finals week for example), I have to mentally tell myself “I’m taking a Maymester class or I am doing Boot Camp.” My mindset is on total-focus zone but with a lot of sleep deprivation.
My Physiology exam was on Monday, and it was difficult. I advise studying on your own and then discussing it with a classmate (especially case study scenarios). Also, there were a total of 5 different teachers who made questions for the exam meaning different styles that range from easy to insane. The material all encompassed endocrinology. We finally got back our grades and discussed it together in class. I got so frustrated with myself because A LOT of the answers I got wrong were when I isolated the possibilities to only 2 answers where one of them was the right one. How the questions were worded confused me sometimes. I took out my frustration on the basketball court that day. I need to not stress out on things that already took place. I need to now start fresh and work harder! The average was an 85%.
Immunology Exam #1 was on Wednesday. This was how I studied for the exam. Since the test material basically splits in half between 2 teachers, I decided to study them both instead of from Lecture 1 to end of Test 1. There are 10 chapters total (Whoa!), so I studied chapter 10 then 1 then 9 then 2 then so on. Get it? Basically, since this is immunology, there is only so much you can explain without repeating information. The first lectures are the fundamentals of the immune system (but difficult to understand). Then the last portion of Exam 1 is elaborating on each component of the system, so I am comprehending information more due to the fact that I am reinforcing the information. If that does not make sense to you, then ignore my thought process for today 🙂 It helped me greatly though. I managed to get a B, so I am pleased.
Lab was cool this week! We are in the abdomen now, and I did not realize how long and elaborate the gastrointestinal tract was! We also saw some cool abnormalities. One of the professors was helping out with taking out the GI tract out of an ox. While she was taking it out, a pool of pus was left over. It was so gross but amazing! Apparently, the cow had dystocia, and an infection probably caused pyometra, which consists of pus in the uterus. I wish I could show you, but the school does not encourage showing pictures like that because it can bother some viewers. One of the Anatomy professors brought in their pet piglet to class, and it may be our class mascot 🙂
Last week, I had exams for Anatomy and Virology. For Virology I got a 95.5%. Yes Lord!!! Only through His strength did I get through that one! The average was an 89. For Anatomy, I got a B, so that was much better than my first exam since last semester.
The whole school had to go to a mandatory meeting where the Dean of our Vet school talked with us about the new vet school building. She showed us the blueprint of the school and said that Class of 2016 may not go to the school 😦 Boo! It looks so beautiful, but I am fine with our building (can’t complain).
Looking forward to next week, because there will be NO EXAMS!! Yeaahh!