Fall Semester CORE Complete! (Week 11)

Week’s ItineraryPharmacology Final, Pathology Final, and Behind-the-Scenes field trip to GA’s Aquarium

Yes Lord, yes Lord, Yes YES Lord!!  I am so happy to be done with this intense, action-packed semester.  This past week was exhausting, frustrating, and surprisingly enlightening.  We ended this semester of core classes with our Pharmacology and Pathology finals.  Let’s just say I’m glad Pathology was the last one.  Studying for Pharmacology was PAINFUL!  I was just totally drained from any ounce of enthusiasm to continue studying for this class.  Fortunately, I studied with a group of my classmates, which encouraged me to not give up, pass out, and to just laugh once in a while.  I really needed that extra boost and motivation.  For this final, it was thankfully not cumulative, but it again had way too many teachers to adapt to (close to 6 total).  Each style was again very different plus there was more math involved.  It should not be too difficult though.  You just need to not have that mindset of feeling drained and feeling tired of the material like I was beginning to unearth.

The Pathology final was a much better studying experience.  The material was just 10x more interesting to learn about.  It was heavily focusing on metastasis and neoplasia as it relates to malignancy and benign cancer developments in animals.  I have never passed a pre-test in this class all semester, so I was determined to Ace this last one.  Guess what . . . I got an A on the pre-test!!!!

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*Tear* 🙂

It just ended so beautifully after hearing these news.  Oh yeah, & have fun with your performances 🙂  Just let yourself go, and enjoy yourself!

All right, now for the enlightening moments of this week.  Guys, my field trip to the GA Aquarium was FANTASTIC!!  I will honestly say that my experience doing a behind-the-scenes tour there was a 10 out of 10 score!  It was hands down one of the best field trips I have ever attended.  The next one is going to have to be at Elijay Wildlife Center with my 5th grade elementary class 🙂

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I will cherish these moments with classmates.  We all just look relieved and refreshed that day, and the weather was perfect!

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This is the area where they monitor water filtration in all the tanks

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Aah…rest day 🙂

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Behind me is Centennial Park in Atlanta

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Free food!!

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Through Him,

~Camille

Matthew 1:22-24

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

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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.”

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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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.”