I Can Do This (Week 2)

Week’s Itinerary= Experimenting study routines, puppy adoption, class elections, and no exams

What a week!  So yes, I am officially behind, but I still have a smile on my face 🙂  The good news is that I feel more settled in and organized with the curriculum.  I have been having some studying struggles, however.  During the first week of school, I tried to study every class each day, but it became incredibly draining.  I would find myself each night nodding off by my laptop.   So, now I am learning how to prioritize which class I feel needs the most attention.  This week, we had a quiz in Histology and our first dissection lab on the dog, so I focused heavily on those classes.  The other three classes were on the back-burner for a while, so on the weekend, I tried to catch up as best I could.  Fortunately, most of the classes offer lecture recordings online, so I have been using it for Vet Physiology.  I really appreciate the professors recording their lectures b/c it’s  VERY helpful!  Even though I took Physiology with Dr. Li, there is still a lot of info that went over my head.  I am stuck right now on free radicals, but at least I got through the first few power points.

During this whole week, I experimented on a way of studying while listening to lectures.  Since I know I am incredibly behind, I kind of multi-tasked.  While I am listening to a lecture, I have the power-point slide up PLUS I have another class up to study.  So I read the slide that the teacher is on, and if I don’t understand it, I listen.  If it’s material I am comfortable with, I study other material from another class.  It helped a little with other classes, but it did not help at all with listening to the professors.  So, I don’t recommend doing what I did.  Next week, I will try to skim through 4-6 slides before class begins and listen as best I can so that I won’t have to listen to the recordings later on.  My mission is to try and save as much time for studying as possible.  Everyone has their own way of studying, so it is all about trial and error.  Oh yeah, and there was horribly loud hammering and drilling going on this entire week, so that was a bit annoying :/

I forgot to tell you all about a special puppy that our class adopted.  He got hit by a car, and the fees for surgery were close to $1,500!!!  So, one of my classmates decided to foster the puppy by offering her a home for a while as we try to raise money to facilitate its needs.  She decided to name her Mona.  A couple students helped out by setting up a donation box in the office of Academic Affairs.  So far, we have raised $1,000!!!  This is such a blessing, and here is the website if you would like to donate:

http://www.giveforward.com/moolaformona

This week, we did class elections, and I fortunately knew most of the people who are running for these positions.  They are all wonderful, and I hope they get the position they want.  Also on Wednesday, the whole vet school had a BBQ Cookout that was so scrumptious!  I have been noticing that burgers taste exceptionally well when I go to Animal Science events.  This observation makes sense to me 🙂

I will give you some helpful tips that I learned this week.  For Anatomy class, make sure that you use the “Anatomy test 1 objective sheet” found in elc (hopefully this website will still be up in the future).  I am using this for the basis of my review for Test 1.  It basically has a list of all the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, etc that you need to know, and they coincide with the lecture notes.  Also for Anatomy, get the “Veterinary Anatomy Flashcards” from Saunders.  For Cell Biology, I heard that it was not that challenging, so don’t bother taking this class for undergrad at UGA, which I heard was a very hard class.  Our exam is a take-home, so it should not be too bad.  For Histology, I have been going to the lab after school before heading home some of the days this week, and it has helped me tremendously.   Here is me with my partner, Matt (he is very kind and patient with me).

There was one meeting I went to that was very useful for me.  It was the Equine Club (free food), and the speaker was very realistic about what life will be like for a vet after graduating from vet school.  She began her speech with “I don’t know whether to congratulate you freshmen or send my condolences!”  I can already tell that vet school is not going to be a walk in the park for me.   In order to see what salary you will make, use the AVMA calculator found online.  Equine is very low after graduating (close to $45,000) while small animal is reasonably high (close to $70,000).  But, I like how she did not care about the money.  She also made a point about how you should not straddle the fence.  It’s best to decide what you want to do soon, so that you can focus on your main desires during clinical rotation in your fourth year.  Also, if you love the outdoors, you need to think about if small animal is best for you.  She mentioned that her friend in small animal practice would say, “I would not know if it were rain or shine unless I saw a wet dog coming in for consultation!” That comment really made me reconsider this job as being a small animal vet, b/c I love the outdoors!

Bible Study (John 2)

This chapter is very meaty b/c it contains so much!  It begins with when Jesus turned water into wine in vs.1-12 (we discussed this section the most on Friday), and ends with Jesus at the temple being very angry with what He sees.  I asked my Bible study to help me with some passages of scripture.  Many unbelievers and even believers would ask me questions based on the consumption of wine.  They would say that since Jesus made wine for a wedding, the consumption of wine should be encouraged.  You may be taking this passage a little out of context.  Water back then was filled with so much contamination (no water bottles or purifiers back then), so the alcohol in wine was used to destroy all of the bacteria.  I used to tell people that wine back then was just grape juice, but I was very wrong after reading about how Noah got drunk in his own vineyard after the flood (Genesis 9:21).  Wine can be used to help cure ailments (1 Timothy 5:23) and can also be used for just enjoyment and indulgence as seen here for a wedding.  There is nothing sinful about wine, but it’s just how you use it that is the issue (over-consumption).  I choose not to drink alcohol b/c I don’t trust myself to maintain a healthy intake.  I can base this off on how I LOVE food and used to be fat!  Here is the thing though . . . scratch out alcohol and allow a bigger and deeper meaning in this passage in John 2 just engulf you!  Water is being turned into wine.  Still-water (not running water), which was filthy back then, can be viewed as death.  Wine, which helps purify ailments, is portrayed as life.  So in essence, Jesus has the power of raising our sinful bodies (death) into life!!  If you read the scripture, verse 6 states that there were 6 stone water jars.  “6” represents man being created on the sixth day God created Earth and “stone” for how we are considered living stones for Christ (Simon’s name changed to Peter meaning “stone”).  The stone jars were filled with still water (death) and transformed into wine (life).  And this all took place on the 3rd day in verse 1 (the day foreshadowing Christ’s resurrection).  Wow!  It is a lot to take in.  See, people will just zone in on wine and care little about nothing else in this passage of scripture.  Wine is the distraction.  Try to see the greater message within the Word, and you have to ask God to help guide you.

Through Him,

~Camille Grant

1 Timothy 5:23= “Drink no longer water only, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent illnesses.”

Vet School Experience (Week 1)

Week’s Itinerary= Class schedule, Getting exposed to the overwhelming class load, new job, & no exams

The best word to express this week is OVERWHELMING!  Even though I studied a little each day, I still felt behind.  The day you may begin to feel this way is after the second day of classes.  For example, in Micro-anatomy lab (Histology), many of us stayed twenty minutes over our class time because we didn’t complete everything. One of the professors did, however, encourage us to not stress over this amount of material.  They will go over it multiple of times as a form of redundancy and repetition.  That did ease my nerves a little but not entirely.  What has slowly helped me from feeling anxious and nervous all the time was taking the time to be as organized as possible. 

If you don’t want to listen to me by not studying the first few weeks, at least organize everything (even cleaning up your apartment helps)! Most of my classmates decided to use Dropbox, which is a website that stores all of your information you want to keep safe and organized online and also on your desktop.  So, I use it to keep all my power point notes organized and kept into folders.  There is also a website that makes flashcards for you called StudyBlue.  In addition, make sure you use the Class Schedule.  I use a special pdf (Nitro Reader) where I can highlight and write over the downloaded material.  You can also print out and circle important dates for quizzes and exams.  You will have occasional essays you will have to write such as in Cell Bio, which has 2 papers that are only a page long, so they’re not killer papers where you have to stay up all night to do.  Here is the schedule:

http://www.vet.uga.edu/academic/class_schedules

Also, vet school is going to feel like middle school because you stay in the same room for most of the day while teachers come to you.  I hope I will get used to this soon.

You will be receiving a lot of free stuff this week!  Meetings will take place each day where free food is offered.  Two meetings you should definitely attend are the SCAVMA and Bayer meetings.  In order to become a member of any organization here at vet school, you must first join SCAVMA (dues are $35).  In order to get free heartworm medicine for your pets, you need to go to Bayer’s meeting.  I do feel bad that I could not go to many of the dinners or special events hosted by the fraternities.  I personally don’t care, however, for the alcohol concentrated get-togethers.  For example, they invited our class to go to Terrapin, which is a brewery (beer place).  They said we don’t have to drink, but what else would I be doing there?  It’s like inviting a vegetarian to tour at a butcher shop.  I just didn’t see a point of going to those events since I don’t drink.  You may enjoy it, so it’s your personal preference.  We also got free lunchboxes from Bayer.  Another thing I really appreciated getting for free was our lockers.  I place my shoes and scrubs for lab, textbooks, gym clothes, and other things I wish not to carry around. 

Don’t worry so much for getting dirty at lab this week by the way.  We only had it on Friday and just looked at bones (not messy at all).  There was also a Big-Sib Event where each of us were paired up with a second-year student, and we will basically be helped by our big brother or sister.  I fortunately got placed with a good friend who is in my church, so it worked out perfectly for me.  (Thanks Tiffany!)

I forgot to let you know that I am president of my Karate club called “Budokai”.  It is a form of Japanese Martial Arts where we work heavily on empty-hand and weaponry kata (techniques).  So when you get into vet school and want a break, you can come to The Ramsey fitness center and do some training with us for free! 

http://karatedo.uga.edu/

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I just got a job at a zoo!  It’s called Bear Hollow Zoo off of Milledge, and I will work there only on weekends.  My job description is to be a hostess for birthday parties [usually consists of toddlers :)].  So, I’ll be giving tours and educating the youth about these precious animals that God has blessed us with! I can’t wait to begin, but I have to do training each weekend until September 29th before I can begin.  I will try to take many pics while I am at work.

Bible Study (Book of John)

***Please know that I am not forcing you to read anything you do not wish to know about.  If you feel uncomfortable reading this, just skip this info.***

Every Friday night, I am a part of a really cool Bible study group where we eat, fellowship, worship, and get into the Word!  This is a very special time of the week for me because I am with believers who are so excited and unashamed for Christ.  It gets me so pumped up and encouraged to glorify my Savior the best way I can.  This week, we delved into the first chapter in the book of John in the Bible.  This chapter nourished me so much!  Here, we see that, “The Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . The Word became flesh (vs.1-14)”. Word is capitalized to show that Christ (Jesus) is the full expression of God, for He is the Truth and the Reality.  I also enjoyed verse 12, “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”  So in essence, not only do you believe in Jesus, you must also receive and accept Him into your life.  Anybody can say they believe in God, but not actually accept Him.  Even demons cried out that Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 8:28-29), but they do not worship Him or obey Him. Lastly, I really liked verse 42 where Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, which means “stone”.  Later in the Book of John, we can clearly see why his name was changed.  Stones can be portrayed as building blocks or “living stones” that are built up as a spiritual house for the presence of the Lord.  Help me Lord to be a firm foundation of your Word and Love!  

Through Him,

~Camille

John 1:12= ” Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed  in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”

P.S= There is an incredible devotional created by a vet student that I wanted to share with you guys.  Use it for encouragement as you continue your journey here at vet school.  They share personal testimonies:

http://bb.crista.org/document.doc?id=3791

First Day of Vet School

I jolted awake from a peaceful slumber this morning.  I don’t know if it was because I was feeling anxious about the first day or b/c the dim light outside mislead me to think I was late for class.  Either way, it definitely got me out of bed. I decided to leave early so that I could get a good seat.  If you want to keep your laptop plugged in for the lectures, there are tons of electrical circuits along the outer seats next to the stairs. Fortunately, I got free breakfast at my apartment and at the vet school, so I just kept one of the biscuit meals for lunch.

One of the professors said something very powerful that painted a clear picture for what to expect these four years here.  She said, “You will receive so much information at once as if we were spraying a water hose at you to drink it all up.”  We will be overwhelmed with new knowledge, so just be ready for that.

Should you begin studying now even though the first exam is in four weeks?

Yes, yes, YES!!  Please don’t procrastinate when it comes to vet school.  Some students a couple years ahead of us would say, “Don’t worry about studying the first few weeks . . . just relax and have fun.”  That is not a smart idea guys (unless you are a genius like they may be).  You will be incredibly behind and that’s how stress is created.  Study a little each day so that you build up and be enriched with great knowledge (I need to apply this to my work ethic as well).

The first class was Physiology, which began at 9a.  Don’t feel too comfortable with this schedule b/c it will later change to 8am everyday!  A friend from undergrad graced me with his presence today(Hey Jordan!)  We took Equine and Genetics classes together.  He is not a vet student yet, but he is taking Physiology with us for graduate studies in Animal Science.  Update from 2013: Jordan got into vet school at St. Georges in the Caribbean!  Congratulations friend!! 🙂

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In between classes, there are ten minute breaks until lunch, so it’s just enough time to use the restroom and stretch.  We then had Anatomy and Micro-Anatomy or “Histology”.  I kind of like that they are back-to-back because you see the big picture and then you see it zoomed in, so that’s pretty cool.

***Important***

Guys . . . I discovered something that may change your lives!!  If you think you will be stressing out about buying textbooks, relax b/c there is hope for you.  Not the vet school library but the science library in the middle of campus has many of the textbooks you need and you can take out for long periods of time!  I got three books that are helpful: Miller’s Dissection of Dog and Cat (about 6 left of 3rd and 2nd edition) and two important Histology books (were two left).  If you are in my class (Class of 2016), you really need to keep this on the low-low b/c there are books for future semesters that we need that will not be able to distribute nicely with the whole class.  So if you are reading this, good for you, but don’t spread the word okay.

Mainly, teachers went over the syllabus, but they also went through some notes.  I am going to study a little bit today to stay ahead of the game.  After my last class I went to my choir called AACE (African American Choral Ensemble), which meets M/W 4:30-5:30p.  I know I won’t be able to make it every time, but I am so thankful I will get a chance to escape from science classes.  I love this group!  It was sad to not see that many people on the first day, but everyone who did auditions sounded great.

I want to make sure I jot down my goals for vet school so that I see if I am still pursuing and sticking to it later on or doing something completely different.

Goals: I want to work predominately for a Small Animal Practice while also doing research with exotics.  In addition, I want to continue my career in singing and producing music for other artists.  I pray that whatever God leads me to do, I will continue to follow Him.

Helpful (General concepts) (This is Camille from the future after completing the first semester :)/ Refer back to this post so that you have an idea on how to study for these particular classes that I found helpful.)

Anatomy(canine only)= This is the only class you really need the required textbook and supplemental picture books to aid you in learning the anatomy of the dog.  use Saunders Flashcards when you’re on the go (on bus, while eating, waiting in line for food, etc)/ use a tutor for this class

-use websites for a clean version of a dissected dog

+(Colorado State University)              (http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/vetneuro/VCA3/vca.html)

-go to the lab for the student/unprofessional version b/c professors will use these for labeling on the exams

Bacteriology= Do charts or flashcards after 1st exam (they are going to cram you with specific organism names!)

-Answer the learning objectives (especially for Dr. Sylte if he’s still teaching)

Histology= use Histo Atlas 1st as an overview, then read lab notes or lecture notes (depending on the time quizzes are scheduled)/ use a tutor for this class

       -With lab notes, make sure that you write down and define all unfamiliar BOLDED terms under each topic (keeps info readily available and organized)

Neuroanatomy= Study Dr. Dookwah’s material before Edward’s Lecture Notes (Dr. Dookwah writes most of the exam questions).

Here is the class schedule:

http://www.vet.uga.edu/academic/class_schedules

Through Him,

~Camille

Jeremiah 29:11= “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Orientation Week (Day 5/ Finale)

Today’s Itinerary = Team 8’s Victory and pics from White Coat Ceremony

Team 8, we did it!!!! We successfully won the conflict resolution skit competition! 😛 It was a lot of fun. The scenario we had to portray was how to calmly and respectfully approach a classmate who asks WAY too many questions in class. It was hard to not make it seem rude since it would intimidate many people from ever asking questions in class in the future, but I had great teammates formulate an ingenious and HILARIOUS plan to portray the situation. Good job other groups, but we dominated!!

Apart from presenting our skits, that was basically all we did for the day (short day= 8a-12p/ no lunch offered). We discussed a little about the White Coat Ceremony on Sunday, and that was pretty self explanatory. I can’t wait to get my coat and take countless pics in front of the vet school.

(Pictures at the White Coat Ceremony Sunday, Aug 12, 2012)

(Top: My parents and I)

Through Him,

~Camille

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10= “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”

Orientation Week (Day 4)

Today’s Itinerary Lectures at Merial Headquarters, MBTI Test Results and Skit rehearsal

I’m sorry but I have to do a quick shout-out to my group, Team 8!! I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you all today. I truly feel blessed that I was placed randomly with you all. We had to practice a skit for our final orientation day and I was crying the way I was laughing so hard!! 🙂 Okay, back to my mission. Today, we went away from UGA’s campus and met up at Merial, an animal health company. We all appreciate this company for allowing us to use their facility. Breakfast consisted of biscuits (plain, sausage, or egg) and breakfast bars. The first thing we discussed was finding out the results of our “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Test. It basically tests our perception and personality differences (you will get this during the summer before you begin vet school). The four fields dealt with the following:

1. Focus your attention

Extraversion(E) vs Introversion(I)

2. Taking in Information

Sensing(S) vs. Intuition(N)

3. Making Decisions

Thinking(T) vs. Feeling(F)

4. Dealing with the outer world

Judging(J) vs. Perceiving(P)

You will get a good explanation on this from the speaker. It turns out that I am an INFP. I am very introverted around unfamiliar people but extremely extroverted around my family and friends. I also really care about the needs of others, so I can see why I am a “F”. I am a little balanced with the others though.

The rest of the day consisted of tons of lectures regarding communication skills and how to resolve conflict with my peers (lunch was tasty hamburgers, chips, and brownies). It was very basic yet very helpful information. I realized I am not the best with conflict resolutions. If I ever get ticked off or get hurt by someone, I will usually shut down, run away from the situation, and suppress my feelings. Oh I will forgive you, but I usually give up the battle and accept rejection. Horrible, I know!! If I ever do something that may offend or hurt someone else, I really want that person to please tell me b/c I sometimes am clueless of what might have happened. It’s interesting how I want someone to do that for me, but I have a hard time doing that myself. I will need to work on this.

Through Him,

~Camille

Romans 12:17-21= “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Orientation Week (Day 3)

Today’s Itinerary= Scavenger hunt, rope courses and other group activities.

Today’s activities were MUCH better than Friday’s!  During the first half of the day, we were split up into groups to do a very adventurous scavenger hunt all around campus. ((By the way, breakfast was the delicious “Panera” delicacies again)) Thankfully, the process outside the vet school was very easy for me since I am used to UGA’s campus by now.  Finding things in the vet school was the challenging part.  I kept thinking if this place was once a labyrinth the way some areas were difficult to find.  Places we had to locate outside of campus were surprisingly difficult to get to since summer school just ended.  You will not see many buses during breaks, which makes perfect sense.  So this is what we did instead . . . a very brave team member flagged down people driving trucks or SUVs! We surprisingly were able to hitchhike three times!!!! 🙂 Thankfully, the drivers were very enthusiastic with our game and were willing to help.  It was an exhilarating experience that I will never forget b/c I would never in my life get the guts to do this again, especially by myself.

After lunch, we then went to the back of the intramural fields to do exciting rope courses and other activities.  These exercises were up my alley b/c I love the outdoors and doing things outside my comfort zone.  The ropes course is not that bad at all.  I was thinking we would be way off the ground, but it was just a foot from the ground.  Still, the individual activities were still a bit challenging and dealt heavily on trusting one another.  The last activity I did ended quite hairy, but no one is perfect.  We had to find ways of hoisting each other up a 12 ft. wall.  I won’t give you any hints except that students who were past cheerleaders were leading the pact with great ideas.  When it was my turn to approach the wall, I wasn’t nervous or worried about making it to the top or not.  It was the response to my slow completion that messed me up a little.  Most of the crowd were cheering, but of course there are still be those who will laugh at your imperfections.  I usually sulk over how people view me, but I am changing for the better.  I am learning how to brush off negativity much better these days, & it feels great.  I made it to vet school, and I am a beautiful and wonderful child of God!  Amen!!

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 29:11= “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

Orientation Week (Day 2)

Today’s Itinerary= Informational sessions regarding clubs, retrieving your UGA card, and creative group activities

To be honest, it was a fun but overwhelming day.  There were TONS of group activities that we had to do, which included a lot of creativity and patience.  I realized that my personality in groups need a lot of improvement, but I will discuss that a little later in the post.

I reached the school a little late today, so all that was left was a biscuit w/o the chicken from Chick-fil-a.  The first two hours was an information session on the different organizations and sponsoring companies, but it was a little disorganized.  We had to take many breaks b/c speakers were not present, so that was frustrating.  Here were a few that you will hear from:

SCAVMA

If you want to join any clubs for the year,you must first join this organization (dues- $35)

AVMA (Health Insurance)

-They highly recommend that we have insurance while in vet school.  Cool addition: they will cover rabies cost if you sign up with this insurance plan!!

Purina

-Free pet food annually! (a bag per month)

-Scholarships ($1,000)

UGA Alumni

-www.alumni.uga.edu

-G-Book (traditions of Athens)

After this session, the next two hours consisted of meeting up and getting to know our group members.  The first two activities were knowing everyone’s name.  I suck with names!!  Would you believe it if I told you I learned everyone’s name just after these activities!?  Basically, you sit around in a circle and someone begins a story with their name and words that begins with the first letter of their names (ex: My name is Zack and I watched zebras at the zoo).  This worked so well for me b/c I’m learning names while building a story.  Then we had to create a robot where each of us were a functional device in the machine, and it will have to be presented .  Crazy right?  I don’t know if I was overwhelmed or just not into the project . . . too much thinking for my liking, but we came up with something.  We decided to be a huge syringe and plunge the needle into a cat.  We thought it would be funny and cute, but it turns out that the Class was totally confused when they saw our presentation.  Oh well.

We then had to take pictures for our student ID and composite photos for vet school.  Oh yeah, you must wear a very nice attire for today and bring gym clothes. 

If we were at UGA during undergraduate years, do we have to get a new card?

-Yes.  It is $25, and it is for you to be able to get in the vet school building after hours.

For lunch, we had Panera sandwiches, and I really enjoyed my tuna sandwich with my chocolate chip cookies.  We then had a book and organization fair where you can get more information.

The rest of the day consisted of excessive amounts of activities at the gym.  Here is where I felt overwhelmed and uneasy the most.  I sadly learned of all my weaknesses in a group setting.  Usually in groups, I am stuck with the job of recording and doing the busy work while everyone else did the more hands-on and fun activities like dissections and interesting lab assignments.  Here in these social activities, I did not talk as much and chip in with creative ideas.  I need to work on this b/c in order to be a vet, I need to lead more than be led.  Anyway, at least I got something out of the experience even though it was something I might not have been ready for.  I love my Team 8 though! 🙂

Through Him,

~Camille

P.s- Quit worrying!!!!

Matthew 6:25-27  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God, and yet it is a sin that Christians commit perhaps more frequently than any other.- John MacArthur