Free at Last (Week 11)

Week’s Itinerary= Anatomy Test 2

Guys, I am really enjoying this 3–day weekend for Fall Break!  This was the first time in a few months that I was able to sleep until 12:30 in the afternoon.  It was beautiful & well deserved.  I’ll be quick on this post b/c I have 2 exams to study for in Week 12 (Bacteriology & Nutrition).

We got back our Neuroanatomy exam, & I definitely deserved the grade I got.  For Dr. Dookwah’s portion, I got a 66%, and for Dr. Edwards, a 94%.  Why they split the grades up like this . . . I have no idea (may be to terrify us).  So, my test grade together came out to be a 79%.  Like I said before, do not do what I did.  I was focusing heavily on mainly Edward’s lecture notes at first and then Dookwah’s notes.  Do the total opposite b/c his material is harder, and he wrote most of the test questions.

For the final Histology lab quiz, I finally did well on it!! (90.5%).  Our final is in 2 weeks!  Almost done guys!!!  To tell you the truth, I really have enjoyed learning Micro Anatomy.  The only issue is how the vet school gives us too many classes for me to appreciate the material the way I want to.

I have a secret I need to share with you all.  I played “hookie” or shall I say failed to attend class for the 1st time in my life b/c I needed more time to study for this monstrous 2nd Anatomy exam on Thursday.  I later found out that about half of the class did the same, so I don’t feel too bad 🙂  It was intense, but I did the best I could as far as preparation is concerned.  The experience was very much like Test 1 from Week 6, but I will remind you again:

Practical portion (Lab)

-We were split into our lab sections (lab 1 & lab 2) where half of the class went to the classroom & the other half went to the lab.  In the lab, each student gets a clipboard and walk slowly into the lab with the utmost suspense.  As you enter the room, the room is permeated with the smell of formaldehyde (“purified death”) as numerous tables are covered with canine skeletons, canine cadavers, and their limbs (this time, no limbs/ just body & fetus with placenta).  Chairs were placed by the table to give that luxurious feel for comfort.  Also, they have extra stations to just rest (unfortunately, Test 2 only provided only one rest station).  There are a total of 40 questions/stations (50 this time) and you only get 1 &1/2 minutes to stay in a station (Can’t go back).  **Tip= I jotted down notes on the back of the paper to refer back to questions if the time ran out.  I used the “rest stations” to go back & think it through.**  After the time at a station is done, the teacher will say “Move”.  Before, they used a buzzer, & that scared the mess out of people, so this way was much better.  There is a bonus (?).  Ours was pretty cool!  It was a limb from a lion. (Test 2 was identifying organs of the GI tract in a fetus).

Written portion (Lecture)

-Just like any other lecture test: fill in the blank & short answer.  Make sure to review the lecture notes as well as the learning objective sheet.  Some people forgot to look at these.

This week, we were allowed to sign up for our electives that we have to take next semester.  Make sure to remember to sign up b/c spaces for each class will run out soon.

My family and I finally got our photographs for my older brother and sister-in-law’s wedding!  They had it on June (6/9/12).  My sister-in-law is so beautiful!

-I’m on the far left and my immediate family is on the right.

Through Him,

~Camille

2 Thessalonians 1:4-5= “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.  All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.”

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Anatomy Explosion (Week 10)

Week’s Itinerary= Neuroanatomy Midterm, Histology Lab Quiz 3, Renal Physiology Quiz 2, Halloween Costume Pics

Oh Anatomy . . . you are an obstacle I am so ready to take on and conquer!  This week, we had our Neuroanatomy Midterm, which was CRAZY hard followed by two quizzes in Microanatomy Lab and Renal Physiology.  Great news on my Neuroanatomy Lab exam!!!   Praise the Lord!  I thought I would get more questions wrong because I was beginning to just see blobs where they labeled the brain (long exam).  What is so funny is how I got most questions wrong towards the end of the exam.  I got a B (82%)!  I’ll take that in a heartbeat.  I will always strive for that A, but I praise God for passing.  Now the exam…  Best realistic advice I have for you is study Dookwah’s material first & whatever time you have leftover, study Edwards.  I did the reverse where I studied the first lecture to the last (trying to learn it from order of lecture that was taught, but it was a bad idea). Dookwah wrote the test, so many of the questions are from his notes.  I won’t make that mistake again.  He likes tracts with their pathways and labeling diagrams.

Again, the Lord is doing miraculous things in my life!  I got a B in my second Vet Physiology exam (80% / class average was a 82%).  This was the exam I felt devastated after taking it.  The quiz I took and got a 100% in before taking this exam really boosted my overall grade, so take those quizzes very seriously.  Studying for this week’s quiz was painful though.  I struggled to stay up, but I lost that battle.  Exhaustion ultimately engulfed me.  So I went to bed at 10pm and got up at 3am.  This helped so much!  I felt well rested even though it was so early in the morning.  I managed to get an 90%, which is a well deserved grade for the limited time that I had.  Here’s a cute renal phys. humor for you:

Our professor likes to put comic strips like these in our lecture slides 🙂

Horrible news!  My flash drive broke when my laptop crashed to the ground.  All of my vet school notes were on it 😦 (long story)  It’s okay.  I can’t rely on technology to succeed!

Thursday was a special day because we got to meet our mentors on Thursday (supposed to be outside, but there was a chance of rain). My mentor is Dr. Aime Koenig.  They pair you up with your interests after vet school.  Her specialty is Internal Medicine and Emergency Clinical Care services.  She has already helped me with many ideas!  There will be 2 summers of freedom before clinical rotations after our third year, so I need to start planning what I want to do.  I never did research, & I would love to volunteer in an emergency care clinic or go abroad & help animals in need again.

Our vet school mascot, Sheila, is retiring! 😦  She is 9 yrs old & suffering w/ hepatic lipidosis.  We’ll miss her.

This weekend was all about preparing for my second Anatomy exam which covers A LOT!!!  I am not going to stress over this material.  I am surprisingly really enjoying studying this stuff about the heart and GI tract and arteries and reproductive organs and . . . okay enough, sorry 🙂

I worked again at the Bear Hollow Zoo and saw some really cool blow up decorations for Halloween.  The kids really liked seeing them.

It’s supposed to look like leeches are in there.

Random pics from one of the vet fraternity costume party that I did not attend.  They were very creative that night.

Through Him,

~Camille

Deuteronomy 3:16= “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Thought it’d be a breather… (Week 9)

Week’s Itinerary= Vet Physiology Test 2, Histology lecture quiz 2, Research Symposium Day

Okay, I’m not saying this week was as awful as last week, but it was still a bit challenging.  Instead of four important tests going on, there were just two.  Oh, but don’t be fooled.  We had our Vet Physiology exam on Wednesday, and it was not easy (for me at least).  After taking the phys exam, I kept shaking my head feeling devastated (realized I over-analyzed WAY too much.)  Just like Bacteriology, I had no idea what grade I was going to receive, but I need to stop worrying about the past.  It already happened, so you can’t go back & change mistakes now.  Fortunately, our professor let us take the exam 30 minutes earlier so that we can take our time with each question.  She stated that she was once a slow test taker during her student years, so she understood.  She is SO kind!  How I studied the day before exam was very helpful, and I again wish I had more time.  I had my phone out to remind me when time would run out for studying a specific material.  For example, I did an hour solely for biochemistry physiology then did 30 minutes of histology prep for lab, then did an hour studying for renal physiology then back to 30 minutes Histo lab again repeating the whole cycle.  It helped me study everything & stay focus.

Guess what?  Yep, another Histology quiz!  Oh, what bundles of joy.  Yet again, the Histo lecture quiz was placed @ the wrong time in the week!  It was right after phys. exam on the same day!!  Fortunately, He made it really easy!  It covered the urinary system and male & female reproduction.

There was an interesting Purina meeting on Wed with some interesting food (Cali N’ Titos/ delicious Hispanic food).  The speaker was very energetic, and he opposes the idea of blogging.  He did have a good point that we are very opinionated and don’t have editors and what-not, but I think it’s fine if there is a goal in mind for your blog.  I did not realize I signed up for something that is well despised by people.  The sole reason why I started this blog was to help you guys get a feel for what to expect here at UGA’s vet school.  Is that a crime?  Anyway, he seemed pretty cool and passionate about pets and even human nutrition.

On Thursday, we did not have lectures today b/c it was Research Symposium Day.  This day consisted of multiple presentations on various research that were done by graduate students, vet students, and students in residency.  The presentations were very informative & insightful.  Our class president presented her research about ways of identifying sex-determination in Sea Sturgeons (fish) used for caviar.  She was hilarious & comprehensible (some went way over my head!).  I liked how there are research opportunities where you can work hands-on with the animals (field work) while also being in a lab.  I love the outdoors, so that seems like a great balance for me.

http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/sturgeon/

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/812269/gourmet-christmas-gifts

Here were the winners of the research presentations:

I do have some good news.  There was an offer opened for Freshmen who would not mind working down in the vet clinics during Christmas break.  I really had to pray over it and see if this is what God wants me to do b/c I would just go home and rest during the break if it were up to me.  This week, I found out that I got accepted to work in the Neurology department during Christmas break!  I am excited about it & hope to learn a lot!

I feel extremely behind in Anatomy!!!  I just got to take one day at a time.  Test is in two weeks!!  I have not been able to use my tutor after the first exam b/c of how intense it has been, but I wished I made time.

Neuroanatomy is killing me this weekend!!  I was unable to study the lecture material at all until after my Phys exam on Wed. of this week.  I am just going over as many of the recordings so that I don’t miss anything from the lecture.  One teacher only has pictures for his slides, so thankfully these recordings are helping me see what he wants us to focus on.  Also, that devastating Neuroanatomy lab exam actually helped me understand a little with what is going on in the lecture notes.  So even though the lab may have been overwhelming, it’s helping you see a big picture with this material.

Worked at the Bear Hollow Zoo again this weekend (2 shifts!). It was my first time doing a deluxe party for the kids, and it did take a little more preparation that just the Basic parties.  I had to set all of the tables with decorations, plates & utensils, get out a cool alligator-shaped cake, inflate some blow-up animals, prepare goody bags, and finally get my presentation animals (red-footed tortoise, Barn Owl, & a hedgehog).  In between shifts, I studied a bit for Histology because I have my final lab quiz next week the day after the Neuroanatomy exam.  I know this one will suck b/c it will cover A LOT of material (GI tract, urinary system, male & female reproduction, & ear contents.  I believe the day will come when I will feel like I am on top of everything . . .

Through Him,

~Camille

Matthew 17:20- “He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Rain of Madness Week (Week 8)

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.

frankenweenhttp://collider.com/frankenweenie-review/

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 🙂 )

gollumhttp://www.ageofthering.com/atthemovies/cast/andyserkis.php

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.

Through Him,

~Camille

Proverbs 28:27=  “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.”