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.

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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

Communications

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,

~Camille

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”

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Didn’t See it Coming (Spring Week 9)

Week’s Itinerary= Virology Test 2

Okay, so I prepared for Virology to the best of my abilities and Monday’s exam arrived . . . a Horrible experience!!!  Dr. Greene’s portion was brutal!  I don’t have any tips to advise you for preparation.  I thought how I prepared by quizzing with a friend was enough, but the professor was very difficult with his questions.  Even people who usually get As in everything thought this exam was mind boggling.

Guys, I finally got my Anatomy exam 2 grade!  You all ready for what I got?  . . . it was my first  sensational A ever in Anatomy!!!

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I was in shock & 3 classmates gave me a hug congratulating me.  It’s a big deal to get As in that class.  It feels like an incredible victory.  We have a mini quiz in lab next week where they will be testing us on pig anatomy.  Hope it won’t be too stressful.  We also had horse palpation quiz.  It was not too bad at all.  Just relax.  Dr. Gogal tries to make you feel comfortable.

For Ethics, we have yet to get our final grade back.  It has been well over 2 weeks.  You have to be very patient with getting grades back for this class.

I had the wonderful opportunity of going on a CDC trip!  I thoroughly enjoyed myself!  The main reason why I went was to see where the scenes of the movie “Contagion” and the show “The Walking Dead” took place 🙂  I know, it was a silly reason, but I thought it was cool when one of the CDC administers guiding us was just as enthused with my interest in the show as I was.  We saw a model of the CDC campus and he showed the actual building where “The Walking Dead” was used in the show even though they did not actually shoot it there.  The tour was funny because we could not go into about 70% of the rooms because they were off limits and potentially detrimental to our lives due to the high levels of infectious diseases that they are testing.  I did get to see 2 adorable monkeys in their cages though.  After the tour, I was trying to be as polite and formal by thanking the administrator who worked at CDC well over 10 years by shaking his hand, but it was the most awkward and embarrassing handshake I have given a person in my entire life 🙂  Thankfully, he was very sweet though.  The trip itself heading to and from CDC was memorable!  I had great random conversations and hilarious moments with the crew that went with me on the trip.

Through Him,

~Camille

Matthew 7:13-14= “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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.”