Total Mayhem (Week 7)

Week’s Itinerary= Pathology Exam 2, Pharmacology Exam 2

Man, this week was a mess!  There were two HARD exams this week after last week’s 3 exams.  I am exhausted but not giving up!  For some of you, you will have just one tough exam b/c you successfully passed the Pre-test for Pathology.  Pathology Test 2 was 10x harder and a lot longer than the pre-test!  You must really prepare for the pre-test so that you don’t ever have to see what I saw!  It was so challenging because there were so much more pathogenesis sequences and fill in the blank.  There were 34 questions total too compared to the normal 10 or 15 questions.  Guess what . . . Jesus’s strength got me through it again!!  I got an A (96%).  What in the world!???  I tend to doubt myself too easily.

Studying for Pharmacology was crazy intense!  It was not as enjoyable as it was studying for Exam 1 because there were more than one professor teaching it and A LOT more drugs. The hardest portions to me were Ward’s and Greene’s (especially Greene’s!!)  In more than 5 questions in Greene’s section, I narrowed the answers down to 2 (50-50 chance of getting it right).  I was there for the whole 2-hour block for this exam.  And again, I highly encourage to write down everything you know about the drugs on the test paper.  Most people did not have to do that, but I would rather lay it all out where I see it so that I don’t have to keep going back in my brain to search out all the right answers.

There was a cool lunch meeting after the Pharmacology exam.  The lecturer was Dr. Melinda Merck, and she is an incredible veterinarian who after working at a Feline Practice, she changed her career that focuses on Forensic Science in Veterinary Medicine.  We are the 2nd vet school in the nation to offer an elective course in Forensic Science for animals.  Cool!

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She was one of the veterinarians who helped crack down the Michael Vick dog-fighting investigation.

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 Forgiveness is such a powerful thing.  (Matthew 6:14-15)

Learn more about her here:

 http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-industry-people/profiles-in-medicine/voice-for-justice.aspx

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Now, it’s time for Parasitology studying, which was scheduled for Monday.  Two incredible things happened for our class.  On Wednesday during the lab, the professor told us that the exam will not be cumulative!  Thank you Lord!  They saw that we would be struggling after the Pharmacology exam on Friday.  Also (this is a big one), some students approached the faculty and administrators to see if we could move the exam to Tuesday instead of taking it on Monday.  They heard our plea and concern and said if we have 100% of our classmates agree to this then only the lecture portion will be moved to Tuesday.  We got 100% within 2 hours after that request!  I so need that extra day to study!  Praise God!

This weekend was UGA vs. LSU with football, and sleeping was impossible in my apartment complex . . . JERKS!!  I had the most HORRIBLE slumber Friday night!! I was abruptly startled awake exactly at 2:00, 3:50, and 5:00am by partying animals and football-loving jerks!! I like football too, but dang! And guess what!? They were shooting  off fireworks at 5am to top it off!  I think I have officially had it with this apartment complex. I don’t get angry easily, so thank you for your patience.  Just needed to blow off some steam 🙂  A friend who knows I hardly blow up like this said humorously that I should give them a piece of my mind.  My answer was, “Yeah, I should give them a piece of my mind!  The peace and Love of of my Savior Jesus Christ :P”  I forgive them even though I know they would be worse the next night.  My plan B was sleeping over at a friend’s house.  Complication resolved!

Through Him!

~Camille

Matthew 6:14-15

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Scary Exams (Week 6)

Week’s Itinerary= Epidemiology Exam 1, Pathology Pre-Test 2, and Behavior Quiz 2 and Final

Epidemiology was a PAINFUL studying experience!  It was just more memorization of diseases.  I am not a fan of classes like these!!  It was weird this weekend because I had a very hard time keeping the disease knowledge in my head.  It felt like whatever I tried to memorize, it simply bounced off my brain.  Taking the exam was not pleasant either.  I went to school at 5am that morning before the exam because I still needed to look over some stuff.  The exam was multiple choice and a LONG list of matching.  I thought I failed it after taking the test (horrible feeling).  Fortunately, we got our grades back a day later, and I did not fail! (an 88%)  Praise the Lord.  That was a scary experience.

Oh, but the fun did not end there!  We had our Pathology pre-test on Wednesday.  I cannot highly stress this enough.  Stick with your gut!!  Man, I don’t listen to my own wisdom.  Tears were forming in my eyes after taking this pre-test because I changed 2 questions that were right in the first place.  Gosh, that really sucks!  I do not know why I keep believing every professor is trying to trick me.  They do not want you to fail, so just stick to your original answer unless you know for sure that the other answer is correct.

Guess what?  A new class was brought to the table this week (Applied Preventive Health).  Now, instead of quizzes like what Dr. Reeves used to do in the past, he now will do an essay (1-2 page “bullet point” essay) that is 50% and a final (50%).  That actually sounds better than the quizzes to me.

The 3rd and last exam of the week was my Behavior final, and I was terrified 3 days before taking this exam.  We had our 2nd quiz the same day as our Epidemiology exam, and I was not ready for it at all.  So I got a 60% on that quiz.  I was walking into this final with a C in the class, so I desperately needed help and prayer.  There were no previous exams, just quizzes and one final!  A really intelligent classmate of mine saw my distress for this class and offered to study at her house with her.  I accepted without hesitation!  It was the night before the exam, and I learned so much helpful tools!  Thank you for your time and patience!  I felt total peace after that night, and I pray that I did well in that class.  I will let you know how I did.   (I did not fail! I got a B!  Yes Lord!  I personally want to thank a classmate for all your help with studying with me before the Final.)

Friday, I had to take a mental health day for myself by catching up on sleep.  Sometimes, you need to prioritize your sanity before going back to classes, so that is what I did at the end of this week.

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http://barefoottriathlete.ca/2012/01/13/rest-day/

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 4:1

“Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.”

One Class Down (Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary= Dermatology Final, Parasitology Exam 2, Behavior Quiz 1 Retake, and FMG Album Release

Can you believe it!?  I finished a class already, which was specifically Dermatology.  As a whole, this class was great.  I learned great practical tools about skin issues in dogs but surprisingly not a lot about cats or other animals.  Now, out of the 2 exams in this class, the last section with Dr. Zabel was the more challenging one.  I enjoyed her as a person plus her teaching.  It was just that her questions were trickier to me than with Professor Hensel’s midterm.

I got back my Pharmacology exam from last week and got an A (93%)!  I need to thank my Pharmacology tutor who gave me her notes and my classmates who studied with me.

My Parasitology exam was on Monday, and that was the one I was really nervous about.  I was literally still learning new parasites till the last second before the test was being passed out in class.  I am trying to think of the best words for how I felt before taking this exam.  I just felt so “spacey” and scatter-brained simply because there were way too much stuff in my head!  We got back our grades, and I surprisingly did better than my 1st exam grade (an 85%).  Praise God!  I need to personally thank my mother because she helped quiz me with these parasites on the phone when I could not find a classmate to quiz with.  Thank you Mom! 🙂  The test questions are straight forward.  It is just the huge amount of parasites to memorize.  You can do it!  The next professor who came after our 2nd exam is a GREAT teacher.  He explains stuff very well!  He talked with us about Cestodes and Trematodes.

I have great news for my Behavior quiz.  My grade changed from a 60% to an 86% after taking the retake quiz!!!  That was very nice of the professor.  It was similar to the first quiz, but I feel I was more prepared for the questions.  Don’t stress over this one.  Now, there is the 2nd quiz to worry about b/c it is with the Epidemiology exam on Monday of next week…

On Monday after the Parasitolgy exam, I had to prepare for a presentation for my Wildlife Treatment Crew requirement.  I thoroughly enjoyed my case with the Bald Eagle that I shared with you all earlier in my blog, so I did a presentation on that.  I think people enjoyed it, so it went well!

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At the end of the week, I heard some great news from my brother giving me an update on him and his group’s upcoming album!  His group (FMG) does Christian Rap and R&B, and he asked me to make a beat with him and sing on the same song with him and his group (I love making beats too!)   I really want to glorify the Lord through this song, so I pray that people will hear it and be blessed.  Hear is the website to my brother’s group:

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http://thefreedommusicgroup.com/

I did get to go back home for a bit to see family!  My brother also has a radio show, so I stopped by to see how he was doing.  During my visit, I got to meet a really cool guy who has been an actor in a few movies and shows!  His name is Deance Wyatt, and you might have seen him in the movie “Freedom Writers”.  He is now a pastor, so God has truly blessed him in his career.  I pray that God will continue to bless him with a great future!

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Man!  I keep having my “Alfalfa hair” moments 🙂

Through Him,

~Camille

Proverbs 14:27

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.”

Drugs, Drugs, Drugs (Week 4)

Week’s Itinerary= Pharmacology Exam 1

Surprisingly, with Pharmacology, I had a fun time studying with classmates!  There were so many drugs to learn it was sickening, so some smart classmates of mine came up with quirky ways to remember drug names.  For example, there is a section of muscarinic antagonist drugs within the cholinergic family (work with me here).  To help us remember the names, we just used acronyms like “A Georgia Peach Smells Tasty” (A.G.P.S.T) for Atropine, Glycopyrrolate, Pyrenzepine, Scopolamine, and finally Tropicamide.  So with Tropicamide, we thought of the “Tropicana” orange juice b/c it’s so tangy it brightens up your eyes which is what the drugs does (mydriasis- dilation of the pupils).  Yes, I know it sounds like vet school students do not have a life, but at least I’m learning something with some enthusiasm 🙂  The test was very straight forward but still extremely difficult.  I recommend doing what I did where I just regurgitated all the drug information on the back of the test sheet so that I would not have to keep fishing around in my head for stuff.  Believe me when I say it greatly helped.

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http://www.amazon.com/WAGmob-Simple-n-Easy-Pharmacology/dp/B006KX4UXY

NOT!! 🙂

After the exam on Wednesday, I was extremely exhausted (I was about to pass out in Epidemiology).  The rest of the week was a nice, easy-going week due to the fact that several professors ended class early or cancelled it altogether.  I got to visit friends and take more naps!

1st years had their 1st exam on Wednesday of this week (Bacteriology), so I got my lil sib his favorite chocolate bars (Snickers & Twix).  My big sib did that for me last year, so I wanted to do the same for my lil sib.  After their exam, I got mixed reviews but for the most part smiling and relieved faces.  Hope you all did well!

I need to personally shout out to my very sweet friend and classmate, Hannah Fearing.  She is one of those individuals who are just beyond geniuses who should skip vet school and already have a Practice.  I love how she does not keep her giftedness to herself.  She shares her intellectual brain by sending her study guides and notes out to the whole class, and they are so helpful to me!!  I want to say thank you so much Hannah and God bless you! 🙂

Well, that’s all I have this week.  I am studying for another difficult exam in Parasitiology.  Guys, it’s confirmed that this class is Bacteriology all over again 😦  I hate just memorizing names and regurgitating them!!  It’s pointless to me because I can just look up the parasite in a book when I am a vet.  I will not remember all these names!

& I digress…

Oh, and I have officially been converted to Crockpot Cooking!! (Don’t worry, still Christian all the way 🙂 ).  It’s so easy and delicious!  Here’s a picture of a meal I did this weekend (good friend introduced it to me):

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Man it was good!

Through Him,

~Camille

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you and give you rest.”

All in God’s Hands (Week 3)

Week’s ItineraryParasitology Exam 1, Pathology Pre-test and Exam 1, and Behavior Quiz 1

On Monday, the Parasitology exam was brought to the table.  Taking this exam was all in God’s hands and strength.  Let’s just say, I am so glad it was multiple choice b/c it was easier to do rule-outs for selected answers.  For the lab, I think I did very well (straight identification and memorization).   Taking the exam was similar to Anatomy’s Practical portion where specimens are placed throughout the room, but these creatures are under the microscope.  We did not have to rotate and wait until the professor says “Move” like Anatomy.  You were able to move freely, which was surprisingly kind of nice.  It did not feel disorganized at all to me.  The specimen was duplicated under 2 microscopes by a question, so it is okay to look at both to get a good idea of what parasite you are looking at.

Tuesday was just a really unfortunate day for exams and quizzes.  One reason why I felt defeated that day was because we got the exam and quiz grade right after taking it, so it felt more like being punched in the face after receiving the grade.  So, I was the one student who had to retake the test on Wed for Pathology.  I got an 85% on the pre-test, and you need to get a 90% or above to pass the test, so of course I was frustrated b/c I almost passed it.  The night before, I got great tutoring privileges with some friends, so that helped a lot!  Not giving up!  With the Behavior quiz . . .  I honestly just started studying on the day of the quiz 😦  I just did not have time guys.  This past weekend with the bald eagle, squirrels, and wren really consumed my time, but the experience was wonderful & I will never forget it.  On the quiz, the professor did a lot of scenarios and asked what type of behavior theory it was (multiple choice).  The theories can be very tricky, but once I get the general idea, I will greatly succeed.  With that being said, I did get a 60% 😦 I’m glad it was a quiz though so that I can learn from my mistakes without feeling incredibly doomed!  (At the end of the week, she reasoned with us and is allowing us to retake the quiz 2 weeks from now/ NICE!) To make me feel if there was hope in the air, I checked to see how I did on my Dermatology Midterm I took last Friday.  I GOT AN A!! (93%)  Oh, how beautiful is the Glory of the Lord!  I later received my Parasitology Exam grade that I took on Monday and received a B(82%).  I was so ecstatic to hear this after going through that mess of exams on Tuesday.

When I went to take my Pathology exam on Wednesday, I was surprised to see a good amount of classmates taking the exam also.  It felt surprisingly relieving to see that people are just as normal as I am 🙂  Just kidding!   This exam was tricky!  But, I still got an A!!  You are wonderful Lord!

The next test for next week is Pharmacology, and it is scaring the mess out of me!  It is so hard for me to pay attention in most of the classes, but Pharm is the roughest (next up is Epidemiology).  I just feel bored out of my mind and totally confused.  Just brace yourself in this class.  A classmate of mine wondered if I was not an auditory learner at the way I don’t pay attention in class.  My answer is I am very bad with learning from large class lectures.  It is not a personal environment for me where I feel comfortable to ask questions and share a discussion with the teacher b/c everyone else will get ticked off at you.  I learn better through one-on-one discussions as it relates to auditory learning.  Plus large lectures go way to fast, so I get frustrated b/c I lose focus.  So there is my studying struggle in a nutshell 🙂

I finally got some pictures from my last Shorinjyru Karatedo National Tournament (Japanese from of Martial Arts).  I did 2 kata tournaments (2nd place in empty-hand and 1st in weaponry).  The last tournament I did was kumite, which is “sparring” or fighting against an opponent.  I had fun as always, and there were more children this year!

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Here is my head sensei from UGA

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This girl is super sweet!!  She’s very enthusiastic about this fighting style, so I hope she sticks with it.

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They grade hard!  7 is a normal score given to people, but I will still try harder!!!

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 8:2– “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”