Welcome Back (Spring Week 12)

Week’s Itinerary= Anatomy Final & Alumni Luncheon

Hey guys!  Spring Break was well needed, but it was cut short due to preparation.  My week right after Spring Break was intense!  I did my last final exam for Anatomy!!!  It was long!  The exam began at 1p, and I did not leave the school until 5:30pm since we had to clean the lab after the exam.  For the practical portion, there were 60 questions with 3 parts in each question.  I kind of like that they did this even if it was long because it gave me a little more cushioning if I did not know the whole answer to a question.  They did more clinical importance findings this time in lab.  For example, they did not just ask you what they had pinned.  They wanted you to explain any type of clinical issue that may occur by that pinned artifact.  Lecture was brutal this time (well . . . more brutal that is).  For test 3, you really need to get a head start with studying the lecture slides because they contained a lot more valuable information than previous exams.

3 finals next week!!  I need a lot of prayer.  Everyone I’ve told were perplexed that I have finals so early.  Unfortunately, I have an annoying cough right now that is preventing me from having a good night’s rest.  I know God will give me the strength to overcome this week.

Still no news on Ethics . . . (This is the longest I have ever waited for my grades/ over a month now)

I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting alums at  an Alumni Luncheon.  I got to meet one of the Deans here at the vet school and Dr. Greene’s wife (one of my Virology professor’s wife).  The food was incredible!  The Dean told me that every 5 years, there is a class reunion, so that is a nice way to keep in touch with your classmates.  They told me great advice for vet school, “Study hard, but also enjoy yourself.  Don’t be like those book worms who constantly study.”  Believe me, I won’t.

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On March 13th, I got to celebrate the birthdays of 2 of my friends in Atlanta.  We had a blast!

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Tai enjoying  her birthday dinner!  If you all remember from “Let the Games Begin” post, Tai is my good friend from undergrad who came to my graduation

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I am with my other good friend from undergrad (Kim!)  Happy Birthday guys!!

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Here are my other friends who joined the party.  Miss you already guys!

Through Him,

~Camille

Romans 12:2= “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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Spring Break Awaits Me (Spring Week 10)

Week’s Itinerary= Pig Anatomy Quiz & Immunology Final

After this week, you will be welcomed by the joy and splendor of Spring Break!  I always write my posts for my blog at the end of the week, so I am in total bliss right now!  It was an intense week, so I am just oozing with relaxation.  OK, enough of that 🙂

We finally got back our Virology exam.  I did not fail!!  I got a B!  Praise Jehovah!  So, how I prepared for the exam was beneficial.  Study with a classmate guys and quiz each other.  It really helps, but this exam was a tough one.

Our Physiology was returned to us as well this week.  I got an A!  God is so good!  I studied with two other people this time, and it was so helpful.  Also, I took 2 classes of Animal reproduction during my undergrad years, so I highly recommend taking them (General Reproduction and Equine Reproduction).

On Thursday in Anatomy lab, we had our pig quiz.  It was not bad at all.  Just focus on terms and anatomy that are unique to the pig.  It was also our last lab together with my lab partners. I got all sentimental and gave them a hug saying how much they meant to me.  I know, I’ll still see them in class 🙂

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Thanks again for being such great and patient lab partners! I hope we can partner up again sometime in the future.

The last exam before Spring Break was our Immunology final.  Studying for this final was agonizing because I kept seeing the light of peace and rest beaming from what next week brings.  I do not usually look at the syllabus, so I found out the day before the final that it was weighted very heavily.  The final counted for 50% toward our overall grade!!!!  Talk about scary.  Nutrition last semester was like this and Anatomy is like this.  Guess what . . . I got an A!!!  That means overall I got an A in the class.  Raise the ROOF! 🙂  God has been blessing me so much recently.

Still no updates on Ethics grade . . .

Well, talk to you later in about 2 weeks!  Blessings!!  Remember, if you have any questions, feel free to write a comment on my blog, and I’ll be happy to help!

Through Him,

~Camille

2 Corinthians 5:17= “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

School Accreditation Time (Spring Week 7)

Week’s Itinerary= School Accreditation, Anatomy Test 2

This week, we were welcomed by the accreditation team who toured and graded the whole school based on their scholarly critiques.  I heard they go all over America every 10 years to all of the veterinarian schools.  I believe our school took really good care of them.  Also, I am sure our Dean made a point in emphasizing our new Vet School Building that will be fully built 2-3 years from now.  I will soon let you know how we did!!  Here is a website of our ranking for the past 10 years:

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 This week was indeed an intense one.  I had my second Anatomy exam, which emphasized the abdominal contents and the reproductive tracts in the horse, ox, and goats.  I also had two performances I was invited to sing at.  If you all refer back to the post from Week 5, I did an experiment with the class to see if it will help with preparation for the exam.  I must say it greatly helped me!!  Some of my classmates came to me and thanked me for setting it up.  Check it out!  May be you can use it when you come to vet school.  You may need to get the supplies on your own though (sandwich bag and flash cards).  But for the most part, the exam was doable but it was much more difficult than exam 1.  We have a lot of classmates that helped us by making their own learning objective lists.  If you ask the upperclassmen, we will not hesitate to help you if you need any tools.  We would be more than happy to help.  Remember, Dr. Dookwah expects you to read.  He will not give you a list on what to expect on the exam.

My two performances went really well!  Praise God!!  The first event was to honor the first two African Americans, Andre Sutton and Ebony Brown, to be enrolled at UGA (remember it’s African American “Black History Month”).  I learned a lot about their courage and determination to make it through their time at UGA.  There were a lot of threats on their lives.  I was the first to perform, and it was a very serious performance.  While I was singing, there were power point slides that showed horrifying events during the Civil Rights Movement.  While that was playing, I sang two Spirituals, “I Can’t Stay Here By Myself” and “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”.  It was very powerful and moving.  The last one I did was an AIDs Awareness Benefit entitled “Project R.E.D: A MasquerAIDS Gala” hosted by the Zeta Psi Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in an effort to commemorate National Black AIDS Awarenesss Day.  I sang with a member from a different sorority “When You Believe” from the soundtrack from the Prince of Egypt.  It went well, everyone looked so glamorous!  My mom came to support me at the event.  Thanks Mom!

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Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 120:1 = “I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.”

A Week of Rest (Spring Week 6)

Week’s Itinerary= No exams, but preparing for upcoming Anatomy Test, “Real Life Real Impact Conference”

No exams this week!  Yess!  It felt so good not having to worry about studying until late this week.  However, that does not mean I was not studying at all.  I have an intense Anatomy exam next week that will emphasize the abdomen and reproductive organs of the horse, ox, and goat.  Here was an idea that I did for my class after talking to one of the professors:

 Some classmates were noticing that the professors would show an abnormal or really cool artifact from a cadaver only to that particular nuclear group (ex: the thick cutaneus trunci m. that so many of us got wrong last semester or that huge thoracic duct that we saw in the last exam).  

SO- Starting this week, we will put white paper on each cadaver rack (and paper beside the goat bag) so that if you or a professor finds something abnormal or interesting, you simply jot it down.  This way, during review time outside of lab, everybody will know where abnormalities are found in each animal. 

 People are using this method, which means this will help us in the future!  May be you all can use it once you are in vet school.

 This weekend, I attended a conference at Auburn University in Alabama.  I went with my Christian Veterinary Club (CVF) and the event was called “Real Life, Real Impact”.  I really enjoyed the messages and fellowship with my classmates this weekend! 🙂

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 There was one particular message that I had to share with you.  The speaker’s name was Dr. Steve Hiett, and he titled it “I Married a Veterinarian, and so did My Wife”.  It was such a great and fun insight for marriage, and how to reduce stress and increase love for each other.  He was so goofy and sweet.

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 Here were some seeds of enlightenment that he threw out at us: (I asked him if it was okay to put this on my blog)

1)Trump Cards

              -He and his wife gave each other a card when they got married.  Whenever a spouse is focusing too heavily on work rather than quality time with each other, the spouse has the opportunity of showing their card.  When that happens, the spouse will give up their job.  It sounds harsh, but they never had to use it because all they have to say was “Remember the Trump Card sweetheart?” and usually the spouse will understand the tone.

2)Put your relationship with Christ on your resume

            -The doctors that he worked with saw that and allowed him to take Sunday off to go to church

3)Don’t follow your heart… Lead it!

4)Compartmentalize

            -Learn to not vent at home or in another clinic room (remove your emotions in different settings)

5)As a doctor, we like to get our own way

             -Be careful with that b/c so does your spouse (remember his wife is also a vet)

6)Spend time with family

            -He mentioned that you may not be able to control the time you leave for home after work, but you can control before you come to work.  Every morning, he made it a routine to read books to his children and eat breakfast with them

7)Value your spouses opinions

8)Simple acts of kindness (Find her “pumpkin pie”)

            -He loves pumpkin pie!  Whenever he has a bad week or just needs some time of recuperation, his wife’s sign of love is baking a pumpkin pie for him.  He cooks her bacon b/c that’s her favorite food.

9)Be each other’s cheering section

10)Raise the BAR in Marriage

             -They have been together for about 22 years and they still continue to be romantic and spontaneous

 There was also something else I heard during this conference that I really am excited about.  It is called Medsend, and it is an organization that promotes Mission trips that emphasize evangalism while doing medical work all around the globe.  Wow!  It will also help pay for my loans, which is a plus.  I definitely have to pray about this opportunity.

http://www.medsend.org/

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.

Under Pressure (Spring Week 4)

Week’s Itinerary= Anatomy Test 1 & Virology Test 1, Student Ambassador Interviews

This was an intense week!  First, we took our Anatomy Exam 1 on Wednesday and then our Virology Exam 1 on Friday.  Both were intense, but I surprisingly feel good about both of them… this scares me 🙂 I just need to trust myself that I did the best I could do.  The setup of the Anatomy Exam was very much like the exams from last semester.  If you want the layout, see Week 6 (Headache from Rabies).  There were fewer rest stations though, but it was fine.  Remember to eat something big before these tests, because I could not focus when my stomach was growling.

All right, so I got my Ethics paper back this week and was not pleased at all with my grade.  Apparently, I did not follow the rubric well, so make sure that you make everything as organized as possible.  The professor says it’s fine if you do the paper like an outline that goes through each step of the Ethical Decision-Making Module (5 steps).  You will get a scenario that is vet-related and asked to write up on ethical ways of solving the problem.

My Student Ambassador interview was this week!  A lot applied (29 applicants), and there are only 15-17 spots!  The questions they asked were not intimidating.  Just be yourself and relax! (wasn’t chosen though . . . Ooh well!  Wasn’t meant to be.)

I had another AACE concert this week!  It was in Toccoa, Georgia which was an hour and forty-five minutes away.  It was beautiful!  I love singing unto the Lord!  It was the day before the Virology exam, so I had to really retain as much information as I could with the little bit of time that I had.

I found out something cool pertaining to my blog!  I was asked by a reader if I could go to their school and talk to the students at their pre-vet club.  What an opportunity!  But … I believe I must be an ambassador representing my school first.  If I say anything wrong, my school crumbles to the ground.  Words are powerful tools that can change someone’s perception.  I will ask the administrators though if that is okay with them. (They were fine with the field trip.  I just needed to bring an ambassador with me.  It went well.)

I think I am going to enjoy Physical Diagnosis class!  Here are some pics of my lab last week where we learned about restraining and clinical procedures on horses and cows.

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One of my classmate’s Bearded Dragons kept me company while I was studying for Physiology.  We have two exams next week (Phys and Immunology) Just wanted to share that with you 🙂

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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.”

Formaldehyde Stingers (Spring Week 3)

Week’s Itinerary= no exam, just Anatomy preparation

Whew!  Man, my eyes were burning in that Anatomy lab this weekend!!  The good news is, I feel more confident for this Anatomy exam, and I still have 2 full days to study.  I can do this!  This week, we successfully completed Test 1 material (Neck, thorax, and forelimb).  I just found out that these embalmed animals are worth about $3000 each.  That’s crazy!  Dr. Dookwah finally decided to do an objective list for us!  I do want to point out that this class does not seem as difficult as Canine anatomy last semester because a lot of the names of the muscles and vessels of the horse and ruminants are very similar but just different locations.

There was not that much that went on as far as lecture classes are concerned.  They changed the professor for Immunology, and I feel that she teaches very well.  I still am incredibly behind though.  Oh yeah, don’t forget about Ethics writing assignments because they can be very sneaky.  They will always be due the following day at 8am.

My friend in my choir (African American Choral Ensemble) had a baby shower, and we literally showered her with love and tons of gift.  I love you my sister in Christ!

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Alright, next week stay tuned for my battle against Anatomy and Virology exams.  Prayer is greatly appreciated.

Through Him,

~Camille

Hebrew 11:1: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

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 http://zukureview.com. 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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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,

Camille

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