Not too bad. But . . . (Week 7)

Week’s Itinerary= Histology midterm, Cell Biology Paper 2 & final exam, “Vet School for a Day”, & Karate tournament

This week after the Histology exam was not too demanding, but I still had to prepare for next week’s “Rain of Madness”!!  Week 8 looks so scary on the schedule b/c I have to prepare myself for 2 quizzes and 2 exams!  I am contemplating whether I should sleep or not 😦 This week had 2 exams, Histology and Cell Biology.  We took the Histo exam on Monday, and I think I did fine (I know I passed it at least). I heard to not get too confident though for exams b/c you may think you A’ced it but then find out you did poorly.  The format of the exam was something like this:

Lecture Portion:

 -Was not too difficult at all.  The professor said it was okay to look at any of his old exams to practice his sort of questions.  Please take advantage of his thoughtful advice. 

 Lab Portion:

 -More challenging.  Practice looking at slides so that you can ID them on the test.  It will be a lot of material to learn, so start early.  The quizzes, even though you may not do that well, is a blessing b/c you are studying the material a little at a time before exam time.  We went to the Histo lab, and each of us went to our own microscope.  A small box was resting in front of us on the table when we sat down.  We have 20 minutes per box (2 boxes total/ person across from you has the second box).  It is a little different from taking a quiz b/c arrows and dots are directly on the slide itself instead of on the big screens where everyone can see the questions.  Also, some questions were difficult to interpret as usual.  Make sure you know what the teacher is asking in her questions before taking the test so that you don’t screw up everything like I might have.  I did finally go up to the professor 2 days after the exam just to get a good understanding of her questions.  I thought I was going to do better in my Lab #3 quiz, but it was my worst one (65%).  We sat and talked through the quiz, and I began to understand what she was really trying to say in her questions.  I did, however, bring a question to her attention that was incredibly ambiguous.  She understood my argument and may give the class back 2 pts out of 20 (+10 to 100pt)!  So my grade may go up to a 75% for quiz #3.  I can do better…

I like what a classmate said about studying, “I am juggling between courses based on what exam is coming up next.”  That is exactly what I have been doing but primarily focusing on one course with the exam coming up within a week.  For example, Cell Biology (Final exam) was the next one to tackle.  I was hearing some people saying they wouldn’t do too much studying before this exam b/c we heard that even if you get a 50% on the final, you can get a B.  Ha!  I’ll believe it till I see it.  I studied the best I could so that I will feel safe afterwards.  I think it paid off b/c they posted up the key of the final exam by their office.  I’ll let you know how I did once I get the grade in my hand.  Oh yeah, don’t forget to turn in your 2nd and final Cell bio paper before the exam that morning.

Ready to hear how I did on my Anatomy exam???  Again, I thought I did better than what I received for my grade.  It’s weird b/c I thought my grade for the lab portion would turnout better  than in the lecture part, but the outcome was reversed.  I got a B+ for the lecture portion (average was a 87%) & a C+ on the lab portion (average was a 81%).  So the total grade I got came out to be a 79%(C+).  I am frustrated with the grade, but I still have joy booming within my heart.  Vet school is a season of many trials, and I am feeling the lashes way early this semester.  It is definitely teaching me to be humble & not be overly confident about an exam.  In my case, anything is possible.  I did have a funny occurrence when opening up the test paper though.  I thought I saw “great” on the back of the lab practical paper, but it was just my last name, “Grant”.  Man!!  That definitely messed up my insides a little while opening up the test.  I did get a “well done” written on the lecture portion though, so that was very encouraging!  Be prepared that when you open the test paper, you will see A LOT of red markings b/c they like to put check marks on what is correct too.  I struggled a lot of times with what the professors were actually asking me to answer.  Again, I advise you to sit down with one of the professors or tutors and ask them to train you with how the questions will be worded.  This is a HUGE issue for me in Histology as well.  I may know everything about an organ and still bomb a quiz just b/c I don’t quite know what the professor is trying to say in their question.  It’s very frustrating, so get help with that very early in the semester.

For Neuroanatomy, it was our 3rd and last lab on Thursday (early morning at 8am for Session I this time).  Our Neuro lab exam is next week Friday, so there is not much time to take everything in since there will also be our 2nd Bacteriology exam, a Physiology quiz, AND Micro Anatomy quiz next week.  Oh, Lord save me.  I just need to take each day at a time is what I keep telling myself.

Vet school offers “Vet School for a Day”.  This will be a great opportunity for parents and students to tour the school & see if it’s a perfect fit for you.  There were over 400 high school students and parents here touring the vet school on Wed, so it was nice to see eager and curious faces again.  Many of us vet students are beginning to look like trolls dragging our feet to our next destination b/c we are so tired all the time.  Not to scare you or anything 🙂

On Thursday, I had a mini performance with my choir (African American Choral Ensemble).  It went so well!  Our audience were high school chorus students who might be interested in enrolling to UGA when they graduate.  They seemed to really enjoy us while we were performing.  We sang “My Name is Toil”, “I’m Gonna Ride in the Chariot”, & “Call Him Up!” (My favorite).

One of my sisters in Christ!  She is such a sweetheart 🙂

On Saturday, I went to my karate clubs “45th Annual Shorinjiryu Shiai National Tournament”.  We are a small group that practices a unique Japanese style of Martial Arts.  I signed up for Kata (techniques) and Kumite (fighting) and won first place for both of them.  It was fun seeing everyone who live in different states coming together to fight and just have fun!

Those were the intimidating judges.

Here I am ready for Kumite (Like the fake abs on the gear?)

Oh snap!

Ka-duush! 🙂

As you can see, I like to kick people . . . I did throw a few punches here and there though.

Very amazing fighter who I greatly admire!  He just finished his Kobudo (Weapon kata with a bo)

These are my three senseis.   One next to me is the head sensei in America!  To his left is my sensei in Kennesaw, and the far right of the pic is my sensei at UGA.  I just now realized I am standing on the wrong side (we stand by rank, but I guess this photo is a bit informal.)

This is my crew from Kennesaw.  They are a fun bunch who could beat me up if they wanted to, but they are more protective of me than anything else.

Through Him,

Isaiah 40:29= “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Headache from rabies (Week 6)

Week’s Itinerary= Anatomy Test 1

Sorry for the random title, but my second round of rabies vaccinations affected me a bit more than the first.  Just one more to go!  It’s not that bad guys.  I just have a continuing headache that has been going on for two days now.  I was going to make the title “Take that Nerve Innervations!” for my Anatomy exam experience, but I later had a change of heart (sounded a little too nerdy).   Also, I have to hurry with my blog today b/c I am still studying hard for my Histology midterm that is tomorrow (Monday of Week 7).

The Anatomy exam was the spotlight of the week (on Wed).  I honestly feel okay about it.  The reason why I say this is b/c they posted the key for the exam the day after.  I messed up on a couple silly things, but I did fine for the most part.  I won’t get the grade until later in the week though. The weekend leading up to the exam was very productive.  The upperclassmen cooked hamburgers for us by the anatomy lab, which was very thoughtful of them.  My tutor helped me tremendously!  She stayed with me for an hour just quizzing the daylights out of me, but I highly recommend a tutor for Anatomy (& Histology).   Someone in my class had the forelimb color-coded which explained where a particular nerve innervates, so that was very helpful as well.  The nerves, arteries, and origin & insertion were my weak points.  Here was the layout of the exam:

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.  Chairs were placed by the table to give that luxurious feel for comfort.  Also, they have extra stations to just rest (I LOVED these stations/ it was a great breather).  There are a total of 40 questions/stations 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.

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.

Well, there you go.  Hope this will ease your nerves a little before taking the exam.  Oh & as usual, there was a Histology Lab quiz before the exam (Tues).    It was challenging as usual, but I think I prepared myself better for the lab this time.  I did fine on the 2nd lecture portion though (80%), but I know I can do better.  Oh, and what do you know.  They threw another class in the mix (Nutrition).  I believe this is the last class they will dump on us.  Be sure to bring your clickers every day for Nutrition b/c the professor may use some of the results as bonus points (Clickers= a device that allows the entire class to submit an answer to a question that the professor asks online.)

Here is my update on my area of interest:

Emergency Clinical Care (predominately small pets)

Exotics/Zoo Animal Medicine and Surgery (Large land mammals interest)

International Veterinary Medicine (Natural Disasters Rescue Team interest)

Yeah . . . you can tell I am still all over the place, but hopefully my advisor who I will meet in mid October will help me narrow down my decision soon.

Good news updates!

For Cell Biology, we finally got our papers back, &  I got a 100% & the teacher wrote “great!” on it.  It was not hard at all.  I defined and compared terms & used analogies to explain the topic.  He gives you two questions & you must answer them in one- page.

For Neuroanatomy, a gracious neuro professor (Dr. Platt) gave us 2 wonderful websites that may greatly help me in the future (b/c I am not focusing in this course rt now):

Ivy Merck is found!  Praise God!!  I mentioned that Ivy was missing a couple weeks ago under Week 3.

More great news!  I heard that my older brother &  his music crew got a song accepted for a Hip Hop Collaboration Album called “Kingdom Business”.  They do Christian Rap and R&B, and they sound legit!!  Here is their website: (my bro is 2nd to the lft )

Alright, well I got to go!  The micro anatomy lab room is closing in an hour, so I still have just enough time to review some slides.

Through Him,


Psalm 119:114= “You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.”

Starting to feel the heat (Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary= Cell Biology Midterm, Vet Physiology Test 1

Have you ever had those weeks where you wanted to rest, but you really couldn’t?  Well, this was that week.  I was not feeling too well and felt a little sluggish, which ultimately affected my studying.  Also, these weeks feel like they are progressively getting more demanding.  For the first four weeks, we began classes at 9am.  Now they are having us wake up earlier for 8am classes.  I am quickly beginning to feel the tiredness and strain on my body.  After seeing the calendar, we will be having at least one test every week until Thanksgiving!  Ponder over that for a while . . .    We still had free lunches, but they were sporadic this week.  They are beginning to taper off all this love for First-year students, but I think they overwhelmed us with enough of that.  Thank you upperclassmen & clubs for your generosity!  Oh, and guys, they added a new course to our schedule (neuroanatomy) as if what we had was not enough to manage for the year.  I have to keep reminding myself that God has blessed me with this incredible opportunity even though it requires a huge sacrifice of time and patience.  The good news about all of this is how I basically am going “behind the scenes” of God’s beauty and power.  He made all of His creatures and people in such an intricate and exquisite fashion that leaves me in awe as I view His masterpiece.

I had two tests and a quiz this week.  One of the tests (Cell Bio) was a complete joke though.   I laughed out loud when I read the first question when they gave it to us on Tuesday in the beginning of class.  Believe me when I say don’t worry at all about this test.  It was take-home for one thing, and it had super easy questions!  I did feel like a heroine a little too b/c I found 2 questions where the format was confusing, so he dropped the questions and gave free points after I emailed him about it.  Oh yeah!!  Focus primarily on Physiology and Anatomy AND Histology this week 🙂  Don’t think you are smooth sailing with other classes.  They force you to keep pushing forward.

Monday was my Vet Physiology Exam.  We had a prayer meeting and cupcakes from OTS again!  I actually felt better about this exam than I did with Bacteriology.  However. . . I got a 77.5%.  I don’t know why I always start out weak in a course.  It’s so frustrating to me.  Fortunately, the professor gave us 5 extra points b/c there were questions that the majority of the class got wrong, so he reasoned with us.  So, I managed to get an 82.5% & the average was an 88%.  Again, like Bacteriology, I was second guessing myself & erasing answers that were right in the first place.  **Very important** Dr. Li for Vet Physiology is going to do a review session a couple days before the exam.  It messed me up b/c I only studied what he said to focus on, & there were things on the exam that he did not mention at the review session.  My advice, look over EVERYTHING if you want to get an A.**  For Bacteriology, we were supposed to get the grade on Monday, but my professor had a family emergency.  I am glad she puts family first.  We finally got it on Wed, and I got an 82.5% also in this class.  The average was extremely high again (89.3%), so my class as a whole is very intelligent (well, for these classes at least).  If you remember from last week’s blog post, I had to do the 2nd Histology Lab Quiz right after the Bacteriology exam and got a 69.4% (Went up only one point from my 1st lab quiz.  Boo!).  I wish I knew the average or I am going to begin to lose a lot of support for my blog 🙂  But many people were unhappy about their grade.  When you get into vet school, just remember that a few professors will not care that you have big exams when they are scheduling their own quizzes or exams.  Like for instance, the same professor scheduled the 3rd lab quiz the day before the Anatomy Exam next week! Ridiculous right!?  She’s a sweet professor though.

On Wed in Anatomy, they completely crammed the last terms we had to learn before the exam next week Wednesday.  This woke me up & forced me to focus heavily for the exam.  Dr. Roberts did provide an old test 1 key for us to look at.  Questions were like this (they can be tricky):

   Name 2 muscles that insert on this bone.

  What muscle is pinned?

  The green tape represents a muscle.  Contraction of this muscle will have what effect on the  non-weight bearing forelimb? (You may gently manipulate the limb)

   What muscle does this nerve innervate?

My classmates are so sweet! I helped them with something miniscule for prep for anatomy, and they applauded for me in class, so that made my day a little.  That’s what I love about my Class b/c we encourage and help each other.  We are not selfish or show any signs of competition . . . yet (hope it doesn’t turn to this).  Oh, and please don’t forget the lecture notes also.  I was primarily studying off of the learning objectives, but that is mainly for the lab portion of the exam (there will be a written & practical form of the test).

I just noticed that I really have no idea what is going on in the world.  I am horrible with keeping informed with current events, and I am realizing that this is horrible living!!  Just through word-of-mouth, I heard one of our ambassadors were killed, and it was close to September 11th!  I need to at least go online to CNN, Economist, or at least call my parents so that I know what is going on.  The only current event I am very aware of is how gas prices are still floating in the clouds.

I officially completed my zoo training!!!  I was a bit nervous though throughout the week before I had to take my training to practice on Saturday.  I decided to present (only could choose three animals) a hedgehog, a barn owl, and a ball python.  Handling those different varieties is SO cool right!?

This is me practicing how to hold a duck.  Didn’t mean to look all serious 🙂

Ball Python [First time handling one :)]

Barn Owl- very beautiful!

My first day of hosting for birthday parties at the zoo was on Saturday, and it went well!  I love children, and to be able to share my love for animals before their precious faces is so uplifting to me.  I get reviews after every party I do, and the parents thought I was very friendly and saw me as a unique hostess for the event.  That’s wonderful news!  The job consists of doing a 2o-minute presentation on three selected animals (some of the animals can be touched by the children) and then taking the children and their parents to the zoo and giving them a tour.  It is great practice for communication skills and educating others.

Through Him,


“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.”

-Isaiah 40:22

(Oh, so writers in the Bible knew over 2,000 years ago that the earth was round.  Interesting . . .”

First Exam in Vet School (Week 4)

Week’s Itinerary= Bacteriology Test 1, Histology Lab quiz 1, Kudzu Olympics

This week encompassed a lot, but the most important day was Thursday because of my first exam (Bacteriology) here at vet school!  On Thursday morning, I went to school 2 hrs early (test was at 9a).  My “big sib” in second year of vet school surprised me with a gift of delectable goodies before the exam!  Also, one of the fraternities (OTS) brought brownies and cupcakes for our class [upperclassmen are very nice and generous peeps :)].  I felt so loved, and it boosted my energy for the well-awaited test.  30 minutes before test time, our Class President, Jenny Munhofen invited the class to pray in front of the vet school building.  It was a very beautiful & encouraging turnout!  We definitely prayed for strength in taking our exams.  We also prayed for Ivy Merck who is still missing & for one of Grace Vahey’s(Treasurer) Cornell professors who is suffering with cancer.

Even though Labor Day Weekend helped tremendously, portions of the exam (for me at least) were tricky.  Since there were 3 teachers who taught different portions for test 1 of Bacteriology, some questions may be written harder than others.  The most difficult portion for me was Dr. Lafontaine (?s).  Some of the (?s) seemed like they could have been more than one answer. For example, he might ask “Which is the best . . .” or “Which most likely . . . “, and a lot of answers with “all of the above” or “none of the above.”  Believe me when I say I studied my butt off for this exam, but questions like these make me want to second guess my answers.  That being said, I think I got at least 6 (?s) wrong out of 45 (?s), so a B or lower.  I hate Bs, but I also learn from my mistakes.  I did hear one classmate say they did not really study and think got only 1 (?) wrong.  WHAT!!!?  They are not worried b/c they have done multiple research and experiences involving bacteriology.  Oh by the way, you don’t get to take your exam packet afterwards.

On the same day, we had to do a Histology Lab quiz as well.  You would think that the professor would be easy on us after taking a challenging exam, but that is a poor assumption.  It was so hard guys, and many people were struggling.  I actually studied a little before while studying Bacteriology, but I knew it was not enough.  I am just going to brush that off & move forward.  After school, I went to karate to relieve some stress and then met with my “big sib” to eat some frozen yogurt at Yoforia by Five Points off of Milledge.

During the week before the exam, I sadly missed some extracurricular activities b/c I had to focus on the exam.  Sometimes, you got to make sacrifices to achieve a goal.  Seeing people studying until late at the vet school really encouraged me to continue studying hard.  I was afraid to be the only one staying there until late.  Also, I finally got my quiz grades in Histology Lecture & Lab Quiz 1.

Micro Lecture #1- 100% (Yayy!)/ took about 2 weeks to get it though

Micro Lab #1- 68% (Crap!!)/ less than a week

I will be completely honest with my grades here in my blog.  I am unashamed of my failures.  It teaches me patience for my weaknesses and determination to keep fighting.  So, I will not let you guys down!  The lab professor mentioned that lecture grades are usually significantly higher than lab quizzes (we’re not used to this lab setting yet).  She also likes to incorporate “fill in the blank” questions within a paragraph setting.  This means if you get one blank wrong, it may greatly affect your other answers.

On Friday, I finally attended a Fraternity Event ever!!!  It’s called Kudzu Olympics, and I thought it was not that bad.  I did want to do some activities such as Dodgeball or Volleyball though, but all of the spaces were taken.  Here are photos of my experience there:

Dodgeball team

-Pic of some of our classmates.  I am SO sorry!  I didn’t realize my camera bag was on my hip pushing you away.  I forgot I had it on.

Much better!  I had no business being in the front (too tall).

Here is Class of 2016 t-shirt design for this event.

     Cornhole Team

Silly classmate! 🙂

Through Him,


John 3:16= “For God so loved the world that He gave His Son, and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Preparation for Victory (Week 3)

Week’s Itinerary= Class election results, Histology lecture quiz 1, and Cell biology paper 1

Don’t you just love three-day weekends!?  Instead of going home and having fun with my wonderful family though, I am here in Athens doing my best to catch up with studying (big Bacteriology exam next week).  I know, I am such a nerd, but who wouldn’t be if you decide to stay in college for another 4 years!!

I do have encouraging news as far as studying goes.  Remember when I mentioned last week that I have been experimenting ways of studying?  Well, listening very diligently to the professor during lectures actually helps a lot.  After lectures when I begin to study on my own, the material does not look foreign and brand new to me.  So, there you go.  I now will leave you to do whatever you decide on studying habits.  I know some already have a game plan after being in undergrad for many years now.

It has been three weeks now, and I still have not worried about bringing lunch to school.  Yes, the majority of this week still consisted of meetings GALORE with free meals!  You all will really appreciate this when you are a vet student.  I actually decided to join groups such as PathHeads Club and Zoo Med Club.  At first, I was not interested at all with Pathology until I saw the frantic faces of second years this week as they were preparing for their first Pathology Exam.  I believe this club will introduce me to diseases and abnormalities that will prepare me for next year and even further down the road during clinical rotations.

Make sure that you are preparing yourselves for the Microbiology (Histology) quiz and Cell Biology paper for Thursday (paper deadline may change).  The paper took less than 2 hours, but I can see why people would forget to do this report.  Also for the quiz, I did a retarded mistake!  I thought I was writing down the right term when in actuality I really was not.  Do not get confused between the terms fibroblast, chondroblast, and osteoblast.  Fibroblast has to do with cells within fibers, chondroblast for cells in cartilage, and osteoblasts are cells within bone.  Right now, you’re like “Wha???”, but once you take this course and see the pics, you will understand how stupid I felt after taking the quiz.

I highly advise you to take Human Physiology in your undergrad years before taking it here in vet school.  Not only is it helping me for Vet Physiology (still hard though), it is also helping me with Anatomy and Histology.  You will learn a lot about nerves, axons, dendrites, CNS, PNS, etc. in these classes, which will help you feel more comfortable since you have learned about it in Human Phys.  This week, the whole class was struggling in Histology lab because many of us had no clue what some of these terms meant involving the brain and spinal cord.  It even got frustrating for me a little bit as well.  In addition, I really am enjoying Anatomy!  I may be confused at first in lecture class, but things begin to clear up when my hands are literally in the dog.   During one of the lectures, a great teacher came and taught us about radiology (the usage of X-ray imaging).  In previous years, 1st years did not learn too much about radiology.  So when the 3rd year approached, they did poorly in the class.  They are now teaching us the fundamentals so that we will not be incredibly confused in the future.

Works cited: Dr. Holiday’s CNS Lecture Notes 🙂

Our Class of 2016 elections finally reached to a close.  Congratulations to our new class officers! (Pics were graciously provided by the officers)

President – Jenny Munhofen

Vice President – Will Basinger

Secretary – Cindy Kanis

Treasurer – Grace Vahey

Due to my love for free food, I completely forgot to stay and wait after Histology class to cast my vote.  Sorry guys!

This week, I heard some really unfortunate news about a formal vet student here at UGA.  From Class of 2014, Ivy Merck went missing  for about two weeks now, and there has been no news of her whereabouts.  She was last seen in Camden County (which is her home town).  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Through Him,


Romans 8:28
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”