I refuse to let this semester beat me.
Having had several minor breakdowns lately over the sheer volume of information that is being forced into my head, and how difficult it is to keep up with study when I have almost 30 contact hours a week, I'm suddenly gripped with a new resolve for the upcoming exams. I WILL get through this work, and I WILL come out of it at the end with good marks dammit. I'm not beaten yet.
Had our second biochemistry intra-semester exam on Monday, which was a complete and utter fiasco. It was all (very difficult) multiple choice, but what made it really bad was that 10 out of the 36 questions were written incorrectly - some told us to circle the correct answer, then presented us with 4 correct options and only 1 wrong one. Others told us to find the incorrect answer, then presented us with 5 correct responses... heaps of people must have said something to the lecturers, because we had a visit from our unit co-ordinator yesterday to tell us that it was his fault the questions were wrong, and that we would all be receiving full marks for those ten questions. I mean, really - a simple proof-reading wouldn't have gone astray would it... pretty slack for what is supposed to be a very well-reputed course. Anyway, it got fixed fairly and I think I did well in the end, so it's all good.
We also had our second intra-semester physiology exam today, and I think (I hope!) I did really well in that, so both results have given me a much-needed confidence boost for the weeks ahead. I can keep up with the material after all...
In other news, I got a letter from Murdoch yesterday informing me that I've won the Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence, the award that I was short-listed for a while ago. The presentation takes place in a very official, rather boring-sounding ceremony on the 30th of May - smack bang in the middle of our study break. Great timing *rolls eyes*. But mum is flying over for it, so I'm very excited about that - she gets to see our house, and gets to meet everyone :D. Yay. This is really the main reason for my fresh resolve to get through this semester - recognition like this makes all the blood, sweat and tears worthwhile. It arrived at the perfect moment, right when I really needed a boost.
So I'm nearly there - 2 and a half weeks of classes left, then a week for study break followed by a week of exams (ours are all in the first week *sigh*). I feel like I'm limping to the finish line excruciatingly slowly, but nevertheless the end is in sight and I have a whole seven weeks of holidays to look foward to after that. I didn't end up applying for the Masterclass so I don't have to stay and do units over the winter - thank god, because I really don't think I could handle it. I'd be admitted to the psych ward half-way through... I'm looking at going on a wildlife handling course for vet students instead, being held for 3 weeks over the winter in South Africa. We learn how to immobilise and safely handle all the big game species like lions, rhinos and elephants, as well as research techniques (like wildlife tracking and monitoring from helicopters!) that will be very useful for a future in conservation medicine such as I have planned. Sounds like a much better thing to spend my money on than the Masterclass.
Aaanyway, that's how things stand for Wednesday, May 9th of 2007. I'd apologise for abandoning my updates somewhat, but there's really been nothing I can do about it what with all the work I'm trying to get through. And it will get worse in the coming weeks, so don't hold your breath - as if any of you were lol. Oh, and if anyone feels like a holiday, come visit me over here when my exams are over and you can come see Thirsty Merc with Monique and me. They're playing live in Perth on June 9 - perfect timing, 2 days after my last exam! I'm so excited - can't wait :D :D :D.
Oh, and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 comes out in 15 days - really REALLY can't wait!!!!!!! Lexi, I think you and I have a date booked with the cinema when I get home....
Stolen from Burgo. Go on, you know you want to:
Using only single words that are adjectives, what three words would you use to describe me?
Just back from seeing Phobia at the Princess Theatre. It was a bit obscure, but very well done.
Heading back to WA tomorrow. I really don't want to go. Too tired to update properly now - will do a full one when I get back and am looking for an excuse to avoid doing my work.
**Happy birthday Josh!!**
Hope you've had a wonderful day - looking forward to seeing you for birthday drinks.
Ew. The smell of burning bone has permeated my senses and is now sitting obstinately in the mucous membranes of the back of my throat. It's disgusting, and no matter how much I eat or drink it won't go away. We had an assessed dissection for anatomy today and Dawn and I got assigned a dog brain, for which we had to cut the skull off with a bone saw - hence the smell of burning bone everywhere. Yuck, yuck, yuck.
Anyway. Had my physiology exam today - I think I went ok. That, plus the dissection, greatly reduces the number of assessments I have due at the moment, so I'm feeling considerably more relaxed. Not long to go now until my break - finally I can have a chance to just sit down and catch up on all the study with which I'm so far behind. Yay. We have a few fun things coming up in the next couple of weeks - vet barn dance is on Friday night (can't wait!!), we're having our housewarming party the following Friday, the cocktail party information evening for the masterclass is next Thursday and our cardiology prac is tomorrow - we get to ECG the horses in the equine barn, and best of all there's no writeup :D. Fun. I'm hoping that a certain person of the male gender will come to the barn dance, and/or our housewarming party - I haven't been this revoltingly captivated by anyone for a very long time ;). But more details on that later... maybe!
So that's pretty much how things stand for Wednesday March 21st, 2007. I'm hopefully going to get hold of some mud volleyball photos from a couple of weeks ago, which I'll try to post here - they're very amusing, so enjoy. Hope you're all well and keeping happy - I look forward to catching up when I come home! Not long now, yay!
*Blinks* Whew. Talk about a mad semester so far. In short, my car has broken down (costing me upwards of $1500 to fix - don't think I'll bother), which effectively leaves me with no mode of transport, my cousin's wife has just had her twins (named Jonathon and Matthew, so cute!), I have 3 major assessments coming up and finding myself with NO TIME to do/study for them (three out of my five days at uni are 8-hour days - one of those contains a 4-HOUR LAB *dies*) and I'm really behind with my study and hence madly trying to catch up in between everything else. Getting behind with study in the first week was such a fatal mistake - Murdoch has shortened semesters to 12 weeks instead of 13 weeks this year, meaning that they're now trying to cram the missed week into our other classes, and THAT means that the content of each lecture is what would normally be spread over three. My brain feels like a saturated sponge - absolutely incapable of taking in a single fact more. I also have no food in the cupboard, because I simply cannot find the time to go grocery shopping, especially now that I don't have a car. I'm living off leftovers at the moment, and trying to avoid thinking about what happens when they run out...
Anyway, on the bright side, we have internet - fast, wireless internet that enables me to study (or at least, attempt to) from home. Yay.
I also got a letter from Murdoch - apparently I've been short-listed for the Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence, which renders me eligible to begin a postgraduate qualification in business administration while I'm still an undergraduate. Basically I do three extra postgrad units, and if I pass I'll graduate from vet with a postgraduate business certificate. Sounds useful, but when the hell am I going to find the time to undertake extra study when I already have my hands full dealing with the stuff we have now? Oh well, I guess I'll go along to the information evening and at least find out details....
So that's pretty much my life in a nutshell at the moment. It's full-on, but I guess I'm handling it in a warped, stressed-out kind of way. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that yes I'm busy, yes I have all this work to do, but I can't work any faster and I'm doing the best I can so I'll eventually get through everything. In the mean time, worrying most definitely isn't going to help - it only takes up valuable brain space that could otherwise be used to store information! It's also only 2 more weeks til I'm home for a holiday, the thought of which is playing a major part in keeping me going. I desperately need to see my family.
So on that note I'm going to sign off, and go and do something mindless like watch TV. My brain just cannot handle any more thinking for a while.
Hi everyone! Just a really quick update from the Library computers - I'm in here working on my Biochemistry assignment and I got bored. I'm definitely not supposed to be using these computers for anything other than work, so I have to update quickly before anyone sees me....
The reason I'm even on these computers in the first place is that our house doesn't have internet yet, and probably won't for another month at least. Our application for broadband got rejected - something about us being too far away from the transmission centre, which apparently affects signal strength. So uni, and assignments, have started, and we don't have internet, so I have to make the trek up to uni every time I have an assignment or some research to do, which is unbelievably annoying! So needless to say, my updating frequency will probably be severely retarded. Apologies, if anyone really cares.
Apart from that our house is great - we have plenty of room, so you must all come and visit me! Uni is going well too, apart from having lots of assignments and no internet - my subjects are starting to get into some actual clinical work, and are really interesting. Yay.
Hope everyone is well - must dash before I get kicked off the computers! Keep in touch - Nick and Josh, I want to hear all about your first day at uni!
Teehee, I havemt had this much to drink in a while. Just waiting for it to waer off sligjhtly before i go to bed. Thanks for a fun night Nick - I'll message you or somethign before you leave. Hope you don't have too mcuh of a hangover tomorrow hehehehe.