Shaky Finish (Week 18)

Week’s Itinerary= Anatomy Final & Cardiology Physiology Final

I survived but what a horrible finale! After I took these last 2 finals, I thought I really struggled with many of the questions. Anatomy’s final was 40% of my grade (Oh man), and the Physiology final was only 10% (thank God). It is taking a long time to get our grades back, and it’s killing me! But, this semester is over, and I am so thankful for this 2 week break. I worked hard, so I deserve it! (later found out I got a B in both!)

After my last final on Thursday, I was invited by a few of my classmates to go to a house party. I was so hesitant to go b/c I was so exhausted but decided to go later. I really enjoyed myself! It was a potluck dinner with many entrees and desserts. We also did karaoke where I just did an a capella with “O Holy Night”. I was in the Christmas mood. Others did Michael Jackson and 80s classics, which was hilarious to watch!

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A friend of mine shared something very beneficial with me that I hope you also will find helpful. He told me that for 2 years now, he has been getting a practice question every day for the vet school National Board Exams! It’s called I believe It will be a great study tool to have as you are studying other subjects in school.

I am not going to just sleep this whole break. I will be working in the Neurology clinic, and I hope it will be worth my time. I will be working with 2 out of the 4 doctors who taught our Neuroanatomy class.  They were the only teachers who I could comprehend better during lecture.  Speaking of Neuroanatomy class, I managed to get a B! So, I only have one A and all Bs so far. Just waiting on those last 2!

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(Dr. Platt and Dr. Kent)

I learned a lot this semester, and I hope my experience will continue to help many of you on your journey for deciding what you want to do in your career. After this semester, I am shaken up with what I really want to do. There is so much out there in relation to animal work, so I just need to keep searching until the right career shines bright in my path! Until next semester . . . take care guys!

Through Him,


Psalm 37:4= “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Almost there (Week 17)

Week’s Itinerary= Nutrition Final, Neuroanatomy Final was not discussed… (similar format to midterm)

I can do this.  Just one more week, and I will have successfully completed my first semester in vet school!  Let me not get too comfortable though because I have 2 more finals to go.  The 2 this week were HARD!  The first final was Nutrition on Tuesday, and it terrified me due to the fact that it was 50% of my grade!  It was too much pressure for me, but I survived.  That was just one of the reasons why I was so terrified.  The other reason is how there were tons of questions about different ration amounts and percentages of countless facts about the various farm animals (sheep, goats, horses, beef and dairy cattle, and swine).  There were too many numbers to memorize!!!  I am so glad the upperclassmen warned us about this or I would have been screwed.  I personally had the most trouble w/ Palomares(Beef), Overton(Dairy), and Reeves(swine) portions.  Memorize all #s and percentages that you see in everyone’s lectures plus other important facts, and you will do fine.  Great news!  For Bacteriology that I took last week and Nutrition, I got a B overall!

There were two Career classes this week that really opened my eyes to the vet careers I am interested in pursuing.  A vet (Dr. Joanna Davis) who now works for the government in USDA shared her experience there and what she did before this job.  Before, she was a veterinarian in a large animal practice, and she did not enjoy herself.  She stated that it lacked freedom, and she had a lot of issues with clients not paying their bills and technicians not coming in on time. Her time working at USDA is going well, but she hates the political and paperwork side of the job.

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The other speaker is a vet at Zoo Atlanta, Dr. Hayley Murphy.  She was very sweet and energetic, but her talk about being a vet at the zoo was very discouraging.  She said that she does not do a lot of hands on work with the animals.  It is more supervising than anything else.  That quite frankly sounds BORING to me.  I want to get my hands dirty.  There are occasions where she does surgeries but not often.  Then again, this could be only her experience.   There are other vets there who do more hands on than she does.   Also, she said the test to get certified is ridiculously hard!  Only 5 students passed it one year!!!  I may need to rethink whether or not I want to work at a zoo.  I don’t like to give up, but my interest is slowly depleting.

A friend in my class and I decided to read a chapter a day in the Bible!  I wanted to hear no more excuses about me being too busy to read His Word.  I am so excited for this experience we are going to share together.  We both felt like we had little time to read His Word, so this is encouraging us to get nourished by Him a little at a time.  We agreed to begin reading shorter books so that we did not feel too intimidated.  We started with Ephesians and now in Titus.

Through Him,


1 Peter 1:3 “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”

Boot Camp Time (Week 16)

Week’s Itinerary= Bacteriology Final, and Radiology Quiz, Christmas Concert with AACE

After Thanksgiving break, I am so blown away at how intense these last 3 weeks of the semester will be like.  Two finals this week (Radiology quiz & Bacteriology final), two next week (Large Animal Nutrition and Neuroanatomy), and two finals in the last week (Anatomy and Physiology)!  I cannot relax just yet.

Before the break, the vet school offered 50 freshman students to take a 3 hour exam that tested out ways of how we study (our strengths and weaknesses).  It is called “Highlands Battery Test”.  I think it was worth it, because it helped me see how I should better prepare myself with different studying tools.  You need to sign up fast if you want to do it because there are 102 of you in the Freshman class, & it is free!

I went to a very helpful meeting about how to manage having a family with children during your vet school career.  I took down a lot of notes, so hopefully they will help you too:


-don’t balance/ just do it (If you try to make everything balanced and perfect, you will go crazy)

-if you don’t try to do everything perfectly, it’s awesome

-some colleges may have very few female or male faculty who had children (find other parents/ they understand the most)

In house day-care idea

    +hire a nanny (older or retired & one you can trust/ takes a lot of stress out of picking them up after school)

    +back-up baby-sitter for emergencies

Biggest thing:


-In advance (compromise/ do a schedule)

-whiteboard on refrigerator= showing a schedule for spouse and older children to see (helps them know when you are coming home and when you are free)

-“Schedule in” your kids= make sure kids are your love (tell them to remind you when their special events are in advance)

Dr. Corrie Brown- International studies and had children (talk to her about her experience/ she was not there that day

            +choose short-term= you will miss home

Our Radiology Quiz was not too bad.  Study the learning objective list while viewing the radiology software found in the vet lab in the library.  There was only 15 questions and a bonus, so it was not too bad.  It involved a little more preparation though as opposed to the Palpation quiz I took before Thanksgiving break.

With the Bacteriology final, I thought I failed it, so I set up a time to meet with the professor on Friday, and he said I got a low C on the Final, which means I kept my B!  Praise God!  That test was hard.  He was very encouraging though.  He said I needed to work more on time management but that I am a highly motivated person just by what he saw in me 🙂

I had my Christmas concert with AACE (African American Choral Ensemble), and it was SO much fun!   There were also other UGA choirs and the incredible UGA Symphony Orchestra!  This concert soldout fast!  I wish I could have taken pictures of some of the costumes some performers wore, because they were amazing!

Screen_Shot_2012_10_30_at_3.31.35_PMDSC_2008This was one of the rehearsals before the actually concert took place.  There were a lot of us!!

DSC_2011Here is my music professor from undergrad who taught me wonderful vocalization techniques.  He is also AACE’s conductor

DSC_2012Also in my undergrad years, I took part in the advanced choir called “Hodgson Singers”.  Dr. Bara is their conductor, and he is phenomenal!

We were definitely having fun with this song!  That’s me that’s semi-conducting 🙂

Through Him,


Proverbs 13:20= “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”