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!”

Time to Cram (Spring Week 8)

Week’s Itinerary= Ethics Final & Immunology Exam 2

This week, we had to prepare for the struggles of 2 exams, Ethics on Monday and Immunology on Wednesday.  Because the Ethics professors did not deem my essays worthy of an A, I studied my butt off for the final.  I know right, a final already??  Well, if you remember from last semester, we finished Cell Biology and Histology way before the end of the semester.  I like when we do this because it is one less course to worry about, and you literally feel weight lifting off from your shoulders.  The final was not too bad.  It consisted of multiple choice, True/False questions, and short answer.  If you study all the power points AND the assigned reading, you should be fine.  They like to put mini scenarios in the exam so that you decide what is ethical and pertains to a specific administration or law (ex: AVMA, USDA, FDA, etc.).

 Right after my Ethics final, I had to immediately get into Immunology material.  I only had 2 nights to study for this exam!!!  Since there were a total of 8 chapters and 3 labs to study for, here’s what I did:  Monday night, I only studied 4 chapters and glossed over 1 lab by myself and then met up with a classmate to talk it out.  On Tuesday, I studied chapters 5-8 and the last 2 labs on my own then talked out everything with my classmate.  Wow!  When I look back at what I did, it’s pretty insane how I was able to retain all that information.  Guess what?  I got an A on the Immunology exam!!!! (92%)  Praise the Lord Almighty!  It consisted of 50 questions (multiple choice, True/False, and matching).  It was my first time taking the 5 hour energy drink, and I will tell you it definitely kept me alert and focused Tuesday night.

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On Saturday, the business club here at the vet school invited students to attend a meeting about interview prepping for internships and residencies.  It was extremely helpful!  I finally understood why I was not very good with handling interviews.  I was not practicing out loud beforehand with a friend.  I would just “wing it” and hope for the best.  Bad idea!

Now, I am in the process of prepping for my Virology exam, which is tomorrow on Monday.  I still need to study, but I will not give up!

Through Him,

~Camille

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

Intensity (Spring Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary= Physiology Test 1 & Immunology Test 1

We had a total of 4 exams within 8 days!  It was extremely intense.  When exams are so closely placed like this (umm, lets see, like finals week for example), I have to mentally tell myself “I’m taking a Maymester class or I am doing Boot Camp.”  My mindset is on total-focus zone but with a lot of sleep deprivation.

My Physiology exam was on Monday, and it was difficult.  I advise studying on your own and then discussing it with a classmate (especially case study scenarios).  Also, there were a total of 5 different teachers who made questions for the exam meaning different styles that range from easy to insane.  The material all encompassed endocrinology.  We finally got back our grades and discussed it together in class.  I got so frustrated with myself because A LOT of the answers I got wrong were when I isolated the possibilities to only 2 answers where one of them was the right one.  How the questions were worded confused me sometimes.  I took out my frustration on the basketball court that day.  I need to not stress out on things that already took place.  I need to now start fresh and work harder!  The average was an 85%.

Immunology Exam #1 was on Wednesday. This was how I studied for the exam.  Since the test material basically splits in half between 2 teachers, I decided to study them both instead of from Lecture 1 to end of Test 1.  There are 10 chapters total (Whoa!), so I studied chapter 10 then 1 then 9 then 2 then so on.  Get it?  Basically, since this is immunology, there is only so much you can explain without repeating information.  The first lectures are the fundamentals of the immune system (but difficult to understand).  Then the last portion of Exam 1 is elaborating on each component of the system, so I am comprehending information more due to the fact that I am reinforcing the information.  If that does not make sense to you, then ignore my thought process for today 🙂  It helped me greatly though.  I managed to get a B, so I am pleased.

Lab was cool this week!  We are in the abdomen now, and I did not realize how long and elaborate the gastrointestinal tract was!  We also saw some cool abnormalities.  One of the professors was helping out with taking out the GI tract out of an ox.  While she was taking it out, a pool of pus was left over.  It was so gross but amazing!  Apparently, the cow had dystocia, and an infection probably caused pyometra, which consists of pus in the uterus.  I wish I could show you, but the school does not encourage showing pictures like that because it can bother some viewers.  One of the Anatomy professors brought in their pet piglet to class, and it may be our class mascot 🙂

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Last week, I had exams for Anatomy and Virology.  For Virology I got a 95.5%.  Yes Lord!!!  Only through His strength did I get through that one!  The average was an 89.  For Anatomy,  I got a B, so that was much better than my first exam since last semester.

The whole school had to go to a mandatory meeting where the Dean of our Vet school talked with us about the new vet school building.  She showed us the blueprint of the school and said that Class of 2016 may not go to the school 😦 Boo!  It looks so beautiful, but I am fine with our building (can’t complain).

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Looking forward to next week, because there will be NO EXAMS!!  Yeaahh!

Through Him,

~Camille

Joshua 10:25– Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”