Final Countdown (Spring Week 13)

Week’s Itinerary= Physical Diagnosis Final, Virology Final, & Physiology Final

This is it.  My last week of core classes before electives.  Wow, what a week!  I had to overcome 3 very different finals this week (Physical Diagnosis on Monday, Virology on Wednesday, and Physiology on Friday).  Oh by the way, I finally got my grade back for Ethics.  It was a B.  I am highly disappointed with my grade and because I feel like it is way too late for me to go to the professor and have a plausible argument to boost my grade to a better grade I deserve.  Oh well, I passed so let me quit my distress and be happy. Update:  Hey great news!!  One of my Ethics professors, Dr. Cornell, understood my frustration from an email I sent her, and she took the time to hear me out with why I thought I deserved a better grade on the essays I did.  Guess what . . . my B+ went up to an A-!  Praise the Lord!!  Don’t be afraid to speak from your heart to professors like this kindhearted professor.  They will listen and will take the time to work with you.  Don’t always expect that your grades may be raised though.

The Physical Diagnosis final was a mixture of very easy to very challenging.  The written portion consisted of multiple choice and T/F questions.  Here are some recommendations: take a lot of notes while the doctors are doing a presentation before each lab.  Also, study all handouts plus lecture notes for the written and practical portion of the final.  I also took the practical portion on the same day as the written portion, and I highly encourage you to do this so that it will be out of the way (you want to start focusing on the other finals).  My practical was delayed 30 minutes because the professors were asking a lot of questions.  While I was waiting, I had the opportunity of seeing a mare resting with her newborn foal.  The foal was so cute as it was trying to get up and walk but it kept slipping.

The next final was Virology.  It was a huge challenge for me!  After taking the exam, I predicted I got 15 questions wrong out of 50, and I found out I was very close to that (I got a C).  I would encourage studying everything while also looking at the learning objectives.  This time, I don’t think the learning objectives helped as much as it did in the earlier exams.  Overall, I managed to get a B, which I will take in a heartbeat.  Virology and bacteriology were my least favorite courses because I feel there was not a lot of time to be engrossed with all of the bacteria and viruses like how I would have wanted to.  I felt very rushed.  I did love how my class was quick to helping each other!  I love my class.  I tried uploading completed learning objectives, but I couldn’t finish them.  Classmates pitched in!  Thank you!  Love you guys! 🙂

Here comes the final Final . . . Physiology.  This was another class that I did not favor.  Fortunately, Dr. Sanderson’s power points are very entertaining while you study them.  You will understand what I mean if you get the chance to be in this vet school.  My Class love her so much that we gave her a gift. “Vera Bradley Laptop Portfolio”

We always saw her carrying her laptop without a case, so we wanted her to carry it with ease and style.

 Well, guys, I have not gotten a lot of grades back yet, so I will let you know as soon as I get them (Immunology was an A, Ethics was an A, Anatomy (Large Animals) was a B, Virology was a B, and Physiology II was a B, .  In the meantime, I will be enjoying the rest of my semester doing electives.  Here are the electives I will be attending:

 International Veterinary medicine


Emergency Critical Care

And that’s it!  I am ready to enjoy these classes while also relaxing during these last few weeks of school.  You will not be hearing from me until after my 1st year of vet school is completed.  I will try to compile a list of classes and classmates’ opinions of what they thought about the electives they decided to take part in.  Hopefully, this will help you make the best decision in choosing the right elective.  Take care guys, & feel free to ask me any questions by leaving a comment on the blog.  Oh, by the way.  I have a praise!!  A good friend of mine got into vet school!  He will be going to St. George in the Caribbean, so I am so excited for him.  Congratulations!!

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Through Him,


Exodus 15:2= “The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will extol Him”


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).


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

Through Him,


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.”

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 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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(Dr. Platt and Dr. Kent)

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,


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

I’m pooped. . . (Week 13)

Week’s Itinerary= Physiology Test 3, Ceremony of our new Veterinary School of Medicine Building

I don’t know what came over me this week, but I was SO exhausted.  I also had this intense sore throat & other ailments that wouldn’t go away.  I have to be quick again with this blog b/c I have my Histology final tomorrow at 8a.  Week 13 consisted of our Physiology Exam 3 and the Groundbreaking Ceremony of our new Veterinary School of Medicine Building!

With Nutrition, I am now focusing on Ruminant Nutrition, & the Final will only cover this material.  Our professor graded our last long exam very quickly!  I managed to get an 87.5% (average was a 92%), which I thought I would do better on.  For only studying this material in less than 2 days, that’s pretty good.  I hate B’s, but this year has taught me to be more humble and appreciate my diligence even though it is not the outcome I expect to happen.  Fortunately, no one in the class failed or even got a D on this exam!!

This week was Election Week (2012/ Obama vs. Romney).  Did I vote? No, but I did vote for an important decision to move a test up before Thanksgiving break or leave it after the break 🙂  I am in vet school guys.  I had no time to research each nominee for the Presidential seat.  I don’t even know for the most part what’s going on in the world.  I know, this is HORRIBLE, but you would understand if you had one or two exams to study for each week.  I care about my country, but I did not have a desire or passion to vote for either one of these men.  After this first semester, I will get used to this workload.  Lord, whoever gets into office, protect him and provide strength and integrity for our nation and all other nations in this world. (Obama was re-elected!)

Our Bacteriology exam grade finally came!  I got an 87.5%.  Praise God!  I thought I was going to do so much worse.  Average was a 87.5%.

The Physiology exam 3 was manageable.  Again, we were allowed to take the exam an hour early in order to get more time to think through questions.  Only Professor Sanderson allows this.  This time, I was able to study with a friend, which helped tremendously!  If you have time before an exam, I highly advise you to study with someone.  Speaking out the material helps more than just reading the notes.  I got an 85%!  Not complaining one bit (average was an 89%)

Now, all my focus is centered on Histology.  I need to make sure that I am constantly thanking the Lord for His love and blessings during these busy times.  I do not want to replace Him with school work or other earthly, tangible things that can easily be taken away from me.  Unfortunately, I got very ill this weekend, so it affected my studying routine and my singing for my AACE concert on Sunday (African American Choral Ensemble).  The concert went so beautifully though.  My professor asked me at the last minute to sing a solo, which really jolted my nerves, but I was fortunately able to sing it to the best of my abilities for my Lord!  I sang “Total Praise”, & I LOVE that song!

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The tour of our new facility grounds was on Friday, and I missed it b/c of my sickness.  RATS!  That’s okay b/c in 2 years, I will be there when we can finally open its doors!

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Just 1 more week until Thanksgiving Break! 🙂

Through Him,


Romans 5:8– “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Anatomy Explosion (Week 10)

Week’s Itinerary= Neuroanatomy Midterm, Histology Lab Quiz 3, Renal Physiology Quiz 2, Halloween Costume Pics

Oh Anatomy . . . you are an obstacle I am so ready to take on and conquer!  This week, we had our Neuroanatomy Midterm, which was CRAZY hard followed by two quizzes in Microanatomy Lab and Renal Physiology.  Great news on my Neuroanatomy Lab exam!!!   Praise the Lord!  I thought I would get more questions wrong because I was beginning to just see blobs where they labeled the brain (long exam).  What is so funny is how I got most questions wrong towards the end of the exam.  I got a B (82%)!  I’ll take that in a heartbeat.  I will always strive for that A, but I praise God for passing.  Now the exam…  Best realistic advice I have for you is study Dookwah’s material first & whatever time you have leftover, study Edwards.  I did the reverse where I studied the first lecture to the last (trying to learn it from order of lecture that was taught, but it was a bad idea). Dookwah wrote the test, so many of the questions are from his notes.  I won’t make that mistake again.  He likes tracts with their pathways and labeling diagrams.

Again, the Lord is doing miraculous things in my life!  I got a B in my second Vet Physiology exam (80% / class average was a 82%).  This was the exam I felt devastated after taking it.  The quiz I took and got a 100% in before taking this exam really boosted my overall grade, so take those quizzes very seriously.  Studying for this week’s quiz was painful though.  I struggled to stay up, but I lost that battle.  Exhaustion ultimately engulfed me.  So I went to bed at 10pm and got up at 3am.  This helped so much!  I felt well rested even though it was so early in the morning.  I managed to get an 90%, which is a well deserved grade for the limited time that I had.  Here’s a cute renal phys. humor for you:

Our professor likes to put comic strips like these in our lecture slides 🙂

Horrible news!  My flash drive broke when my laptop crashed to the ground.  All of my vet school notes were on it 😦 (long story)  It’s okay.  I can’t rely on technology to succeed!

Thursday was a special day because we got to meet our mentors on Thursday (supposed to be outside, but there was a chance of rain). My mentor is Dr. Aime Koenig.  They pair you up with your interests after vet school.  Her specialty is Internal Medicine and Emergency Clinical Care services.  She has already helped me with many ideas!  There will be 2 summers of freedom before clinical rotations after our third year, so I need to start planning what I want to do.  I never did research, & I would love to volunteer in an emergency care clinic or go abroad & help animals in need again.

Our vet school mascot, Sheila, is retiring! 😦  She is 9 yrs old & suffering w/ hepatic lipidosis.  We’ll miss her.

This weekend was all about preparing for my second Anatomy exam which covers A LOT!!!  I am not going to stress over this material.  I am surprisingly really enjoying studying this stuff about the heart and GI tract and arteries and reproductive organs and . . . okay enough, sorry 🙂

I worked again at the Bear Hollow Zoo and saw some really cool blow up decorations for Halloween.  The kids really liked seeing them.

It’s supposed to look like leeches are in there.

Random pics from one of the vet fraternity costume party that I did not attend.  They were very creative that night.

Through Him,


Deuteronomy 3:16= “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Thought it’d be a breather… (Week 9)

Week’s Itinerary= Vet Physiology Test 2, Histology lecture quiz 2, Research Symposium Day

Okay, I’m not saying this week was as awful as last week, but it was still a bit challenging.  Instead of four important tests going on, there were just two.  Oh, but don’t be fooled.  We had our Vet Physiology exam on Wednesday, and it was not easy (for me at least).  After taking the phys exam, I kept shaking my head feeling devastated (realized I over-analyzed WAY too much.)  Just like Bacteriology, I had no idea what grade I was going to receive, but I need to stop worrying about the past.  It already happened, so you can’t go back & change mistakes now.  Fortunately, our professor let us take the exam 30 minutes earlier so that we can take our time with each question.  She stated that she was once a slow test taker during her student years, so she understood.  She is SO kind!  How I studied the day before exam was very helpful, and I again wish I had more time.  I had my phone out to remind me when time would run out for studying a specific material.  For example, I did an hour solely for biochemistry physiology then did 30 minutes of histology prep for lab, then did an hour studying for renal physiology then back to 30 minutes Histo lab again repeating the whole cycle.  It helped me study everything & stay focus.

Guess what?  Yep, another Histology quiz!  Oh, what bundles of joy.  Yet again, the Histo lecture quiz was placed @ the wrong time in the week!  It was right after phys. exam on the same day!!  Fortunately, He made it really easy!  It covered the urinary system and male & female reproduction.

There was an interesting Purina meeting on Wed with some interesting food (Cali N’ Titos/ delicious Hispanic food).  The speaker was very energetic, and he opposes the idea of blogging.  He did have a good point that we are very opinionated and don’t have editors and what-not, but I think it’s fine if there is a goal in mind for your blog.  I did not realize I signed up for something that is well despised by people.  The sole reason why I started this blog was to help you guys get a feel for what to expect here at UGA’s vet school.  Is that a crime?  Anyway, he seemed pretty cool and passionate about pets and even human nutrition.

On Thursday, we did not have lectures today b/c it was Research Symposium Day.  This day consisted of multiple presentations on various research that were done by graduate students, vet students, and students in residency.  The presentations were very informative & insightful.  Our class president presented her research about ways of identifying sex-determination in Sea Sturgeons (fish) used for caviar.  She was hilarious & comprehensible (some went way over my head!).  I liked how there are research opportunities where you can work hands-on with the animals (field work) while also being in a lab.  I love the outdoors, so that seems like a great balance for me.

Here were the winners of the research presentations:

I do have some good news.  There was an offer opened for Freshmen who would not mind working down in the vet clinics during Christmas break.  I really had to pray over it and see if this is what God wants me to do b/c I would just go home and rest during the break if it were up to me.  This week, I found out that I got accepted to work in the Neurology department during Christmas break!  I am excited about it & hope to learn a lot!

I feel extremely behind in Anatomy!!!  I just got to take one day at a time.  Test is in two weeks!!  I have not been able to use my tutor after the first exam b/c of how intense it has been, but I wished I made time.

Neuroanatomy is killing me this weekend!!  I was unable to study the lecture material at all until after my Phys exam on Wed. of this week.  I am just going over as many of the recordings so that I don’t miss anything from the lecture.  One teacher only has pictures for his slides, so thankfully these recordings are helping me see what he wants us to focus on.  Also, that devastating Neuroanatomy lab exam actually helped me understand a little with what is going on in the lecture notes.  So even though the lab may have been overwhelming, it’s helping you see a big picture with this material.

Worked at the Bear Hollow Zoo again this weekend (2 shifts!). It was my first time doing a deluxe party for the kids, and it did take a little more preparation that just the Basic parties.  I had to set all of the tables with decorations, plates & utensils, get out a cool alligator-shaped cake, inflate some blow-up animals, prepare goody bags, and finally get my presentation animals (red-footed tortoise, Barn Owl, & a hedgehog).  In between shifts, I studied a bit for Histology because I have my final lab quiz next week the day after the Neuroanatomy exam.  I know this one will suck b/c it will cover A LOT of material (GI tract, urinary system, male & female reproduction, & ear contents.  I believe the day will come when I will feel like I am on top of everything . . .

Through Him,


Matthew 17:20- “He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Rain of Madness Week (Week 8)

Week’s Itinerary= Bacteriology Test 2, Neuroanatomy Lab Exam, Renal Physiology Quiz, Histology Lab Quiz 2

When will it end!!? So much went on this week! This week will scare you a bit, but you can do it. It consisted of 2 exams and 2 quizzes all lumped near each other (Wed, Thursday, & Friday). Fortunately, our class president reasoned with the Histology professor to move the quiz up to Monday to relieve some stress from Wed, which included the Bacteriology exam.  After coming back from my karate tournament last weekend, I was unable to unpack, clean my room, wash any clothes, or get any groceries. I was a mess this week. I would come home after midnight for some days after studying all day at the vet school or music school.  Fortunately, meetings provided food (primarily pizza) most of the days this week, which was a blessing since I couldn’t get groceries.

For Bacteriology, I thought it was difficult.  I just didn’t have much time to really delve into all of these bacteria and their clinical diseases. I only had 3 days to study over 11 bacteria and there many clinical diseases. For example, Streptococcus has 8 different clinical diseases like Streptococcus uberis, S.equi, S.pyogenes, etc.  I did the best I could, and realized that you should just stick with your gut. If you know the bacteria, don’t second guess yourself with an answer, just mark it down.  I am so glad this exam was multiple choice b/c I could narrow down what answers were very wrong.  After this exam, your anxiety and nervousness eases down for a little while. I got an A (90%!!! / class average was ~90%).  Just b/c the average was high does not mean the exam was a walk in the park.  I was SO shocked to get that grade b/c I really only had just a few days to study after those 2 exams last week (wk 7).

We got back our Cell Biology Final exam that we did last Friday, and I got an 88.75%!  Again, I advise you to study hard before the exam even if you hear that you can get a B in the class for just getting a 50% on your final exam. I also got my 2nd and final paper for Cell Biology and got a 100%, which means I got an A in the class! Praise the Lord!!! On Thursday, the day right after the Bacteriology exam, we had our Renal Physiolgy quiz.  Since I did not pay attention in class at all before the Bacteriology exam, I decided to do a marathon of Physiology recordings found online. This saved my life!!! I was able to comprehend everything the teacher was talking about on my pace. I can pause her anytime I am lost and not feel behind.  After the quiz, the professor went over the quiz, & I think I got a 100% on the quiz!  There were 5 recorded lectures I had to watch, so I basically went to bed at around 2am 😦 Hallelujah!! All of this studying is paying off.  And then there’s the Neuroanatomy lab exam on Friday. . .

Just like the Anatomy practical lab portion of the exam, we had to alternate to different stations (50 questions this time).  Also, less resting stations were provided, but I honestly did not need the full minute and 30 seconds to answer all of the questions.  In the beginning of the exam, I was feeling pretty good.  Later, however, all of the brains were beginning to look like blobs, so it was hard to identify everything correctly.  Also, I was a bit frustrated that the professors added things on the exam that they never told us to know.  I hope they will do a learning objective list in the future  like how they do for Anatomy.  Right after lab that day, I went to my mailbox & saw my long awaited Histology Midterm in my box.  My heart was pounding so hard b/c I was terrified with what I might see.  The first section I viewed was the lecture portion.  I managed to get a 90% on it, which I won’t complain.  The lab section was what I was really worried about b/c of how low my quiz grades were for that class.  Guys, I got an 84%!!  That feels like an A to me b/c of how difficult it was.  So that means overall, I got ~approx. 87% on my Histo midterm.  Praise God!  I pray that everyone else did okay.  The class average was not posted up yet (Later found out that the average was an 83%).

On Saturday, I was invited by some classmates to take a break and go see a movie!  We decided to watch “Frankenweenie”, and it was not my favorite (I’d give it a C-).  It did give me a chance to just laugh out loud at how stupid it was.  Definitely stay for the ending (last 20 minutes), b/c that was the best part of the whole movie.


He was actually the only thing I liked about this movie.  He was just such a weird character, but I gravitated to him (kind of like how I did with Gollum in The Lord of the Rings 🙂 )


On Sunday, I did my second day on the job at Bear Hollow Zoo today. The birthday party went extremely well again!!  The mom of the two precious birthday boys (one turned 4 and his brother turned 2) hates snakes, so I had to adjust my presentation a bit.  The change from a Ball Python to a Red-footed Tortoise turned out to flow real nicely in my presentation with the Barn Owl and Hedgehog. The children and parents really liked seeing the animals up close, and I tried to get the parents involved as well by asking questions and allowing them to pet some of them.  Today was my first time EVER getting a tip (20$). I felt like I accomplished something so grand with that tip!  But, the most important thing about this job is to see these children smile and learn something new about God’s beautiful creatures.

Through Him,


Proverbs 28:27=  “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.”