Anticipation (Week 14)

Week’s Itinerary= Histology Final Exam, Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

Thanksgiving break is calling for me to experience the long awaited time of tranquility.  After our Histology final on Monday, I mentally began my Thanksgiving break 🙂  I did nothing but rest.  I was upset at first why they would have the final on Monday and not on a Wed or something, but I am so grateful we got it out of the way.  The remainder of the week was just lectures, some labs, and a really cool Thanksgiving Potluck with my class!  I just brought sodas, but my classmates went all out with the food.  It was delicious!!

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Friday brought forth many surprises.  We had a Dental meeting with one of my vets I shadowed, Dr. Nemitz!  I love that man.  He is so sweet and hilarious.  He also did one of the vet recommendation letters for me for vet school.  I was fortunate to watch him do a root canal once on a dog.  I had no idea you could do that!  Also on Friday, I finally received my final grade in Histology.  I managed to get a B!!  That class was so hard!  After getting our grades, I saw one of my classmates jumping for joy for getting a C in the class.  That’s when you know a class is tough.

Today (Sunday), I had the wonderful opportunity of going to an opera with a friend and my mother.  It was “Carmen”, and it was fantastic!  I have always wanted to see this opera.

Well, I am off to enjoy my whole week off!  Too-ta-loo!  I’m out!

 Happy Thanksgiving!

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Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 107:1– “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

I’m pooped. . . (Week 13)

Week’s Itinerary= Physiology Test 3, Ceremony of our new Veterinary School of Medicine Building

I don’t know what came over me this week, but I was SO exhausted.  I also had this intense sore throat & other ailments that wouldn’t go away.  I have to be quick again with this blog b/c I have my Histology final tomorrow at 8a.  Week 13 consisted of our Physiology Exam 3 and the Groundbreaking Ceremony of our new Veterinary School of Medicine Building!

With Nutrition, I am now focusing on Ruminant Nutrition, & the Final will only cover this material.  Our professor graded our last long exam very quickly!  I managed to get an 87.5% (average was a 92%), which I thought I would do better on.  For only studying this material in less than 2 days, that’s pretty good.  I hate B’s, but this year has taught me to be more humble and appreciate my diligence even though it is not the outcome I expect to happen.  Fortunately, no one in the class failed or even got a D on this exam!!

This week was Election Week (2012/ Obama vs. Romney).  Did I vote? No, but I did vote for an important decision to move a test up before Thanksgiving break or leave it after the break 🙂  I am in vet school guys.  I had no time to research each nominee for the Presidential seat.  I don’t even know for the most part what’s going on in the world.  I know, this is HORRIBLE, but you would understand if you had one or two exams to study for each week.  I care about my country, but I did not have a desire or passion to vote for either one of these men.  After this first semester, I will get used to this workload.  Lord, whoever gets into office, protect him and provide strength and integrity for our nation and all other nations in this world. (Obama was re-elected!)

Our Bacteriology exam grade finally came!  I got an 87.5%.  Praise God!  I thought I was going to do so much worse.  Average was a 87.5%.

The Physiology exam 3 was manageable.  Again, we were allowed to take the exam an hour early in order to get more time to think through questions.  Only Professor Sanderson allows this.  This time, I was able to study with a friend, which helped tremendously!  If you have time before an exam, I highly advise you to study with someone.  Speaking out the material helps more than just reading the notes.  I got an 85%!  Not complaining one bit (average was an 89%)

Now, all my focus is centered on Histology.  I need to make sure that I am constantly thanking the Lord for His love and blessings during these busy times.  I do not want to replace Him with school work or other earthly, tangible things that can easily be taken away from me.  Unfortunately, I got very ill this weekend, so it affected my studying routine and my singing for my AACE concert on Sunday (African American Choral Ensemble).  The concert went so beautifully though.  My professor asked me at the last minute to sing a solo, which really jolted my nerves, but I was fortunately able to sing it to the best of my abilities for my Lord!  I sang “Total Praise”, & I LOVE that song!

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The tour of our new facility grounds was on Friday, and I missed it b/c of my sickness.  RATS!  That’s okay b/c in 2 years, I will be there when we can finally open its doors!

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Just 1 more week until Thanksgiving Break! 🙂

Through Him,

~Camille

Romans 5:8– “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Back to Work (Week 12)

Week’s Itinerary=Bacteriology Test 3 & Nutrition Midterm

Whenever you see a Bacteriology exam with some other test, RUNNN! 🙂 Naw, but it definitely is a hard week of studying.  I’m just going to be flat out honest with you.  I do not enjoy studying for Bacteriology exams.  There are just too many bacteria.  They are soon to engulf my brain and the entire planet!  I always wondered when these creatures began to cause diseases.  Was it after Adam and Eve ate from the tree of Good and Evil causing this massive mayhem of infections and diseases?  I can’t picture bacteria like Clostridium or Brucella roaming Garden of Eden after God finished creating this world.  After the fall of Adam, a lot of crazy stuff happened such as murder and other immoral actions, so our filth could have probably contaminated the Earth causing these creatures to fester.  That’s just my interpretation though.  Anyway, the third exam was the hardest exam b/c the amount of bacteria we had to learn almost doubled.  We had to learn about 21 bacteria & their diseases affecting various species.

After 2 weeks, we finally received our last 2 graded Histology lecture quizzes.  I got a 75% on one and a 100% on the other quiz.  The one I got a low grade on was the week of the Anatomy exam, and it contained info on the ear & eye.  There is a lot of material in this section, so prepare yourself.

Since Halloween was this week, I had to show you a funny pic someone shared with me.  I LOVE it!!!

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On Thursday, I had the opportunity to announce to my class my special AACE concert coming up in mid November (day b4 the Histology final).  I know hardly anyone will come, but I still wanted to try.  They then wanted me to sing something, so I sang a snippet of one of the songs I will be singing in the concert.  Wasn’t the best, but I’m glad I got the opportunity!

I luv my Nutrition and Renal Phys professor, Dr. Sanderson.  Her lecture notes are so goofy!  Here’s a cute pic that she has in her lecture slides:

Test was on Friday after the Bacteriology exam.  It was long, but manageable if you come early.  Again, this professor allowed us to start taking the exam an hour early.  There are only 2 exams total for this class, so make sure you study hard for them.

Career Planning class changed my life this week!!!  I asked the speaker whether it was wise to continue on to do my PHD so that I may own my own practice easier than just graduating with my professional degree in vet school.  His answer helped me see what I need to do.  Simply put, don’t waste another 4 years of your life getting your PHD.  Only do it if you plan to do research.  REALLY!?  Did you know I was planning on sacrificing 10 years of my life in vet studies in order to own my one business with that PHD dignified “label” when in actuality I do not have to do this?  So, I will graduate in 4 years & begin working for a clinic getting that experience or continue in residency for a few years then that’s it!  I officially do not want to explore research right now b/c I never was truly interested in it in the first place.  In one of my posts, “First Day of vet school”, I put research with exotic animals, but I really want to just observe their beauty or do some surgery on them.  Oh, what to do . . .

We finally got back our Anatomy Test 2 Exam, and I managed to get a B (81.4%).  I should feel great about that grade since it was so difficult, but I felt I could have done WAY better.  One more chance to make things right with my grade in the final (December).  The average was also a low B range.

I just came back from a wonderful time at the trails on the outskirts of UGA’s campus with a sweet classmate.  We got to know a little more about one another, which was awesome.  Thanks for inviting me to join you on that mini “hike” 🙂

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Through Him,

~Camille

“Lord, move me to be a beacon of light in Your Name alone.  You are all I live for.”

-Camille Grant