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The Student Life… Again

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I’m in my second week of classes. Biology, to be specific.

Why am I taking it again?

For starters, I took it ten years ago, and for PA schools, you need at least one Bio classes taken within the last five years. My last classes were six years ago. Another reason is because I need reccomendation letters. At least three from professors. Science professors.

So here I am, waiting outside of Bio lab. Post exam, the first one. I was so worried about it. Now, I feel very meh – I suppose I did alright. There were a few I had doubts, but for the most part the material felt familiar. But I did study. Maybe cram would be a better word. But I do take time every day to go over the notes and read the chapter. Like all good students are supposed to.

You would think since this is a refresher, this would be a piece of cake. And for the most part it is, but the way it is being taught is not ringing any bells. For example, the last lecture and lab covered organic molecules. It was giving me flashbacks of orgo. Organic chemistrymy mortal enemy. I don’t remember Bio being like this the first time! But it depends on the teacher, I guess.

Okay, time for lab.


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May 30, 2012 at 19:20

Slightly Green

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Today is Match Day.

If you didn’t know, this is the day that medical students both dream and fear. During their fourth and final year in medical school, Match Day is when they find out if they were accepted to a residency program… thereby “matching.”

For those who match, it really is a joyous time- all that hard work is finally paying off and two days are what stand in the way before finding out which program has offered an acceptance.

Those who don’t match, not only is it a blow to the ego… but it leaves you in panic mode, and the next two days become a crazed scramble to find… something.

I’m no longer on that path, and for the most part I’m okay with that. However, it’s days like this that make me think “what if?” and wonder if I made the right decision.

I’m pretty sure I did. This accelerated program is insane… and this is only for 12 months. Imagine if I attempted four years of medical school. I could have very well have had a nervous breakdown. Or have been kicked out because honestly, I can’t be serious. I always find distractions to keep me from doing what needs to be done.

Anyways, congrats to all of you who matched today. And good luck to those of you who didn’t. In the end you’re getting what you want. You’ll be physicians, and you’ll be seeing the likes of me out in the hospital this summer.

This should be fun.

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March 15, 2010 at 14:47

What on Earth is a Schematic Drawing?!?

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I was up all night finishing a presentation for Seminar. I originally planned on working on it the past week, but I ended up doing it last night. And as all procrastination goes, I started to freak out.

Big time.

I was reading article after article, adding more information because I felt my presentation wasn’t good enough. Not only that, I had no point. Going over my power point, it seemed like I was just throwing facts on there but there was no connection.

And then there was the schematic drawing.

WTF is this?!?

Program Director wanted us to provide at the end of our presentation one slide that summarizes the whole thing. Think Concept Map. Concept map… but no words. Just pictures.

Needless to say, this one slide took up the majority of time, and hell… even SO joined in and helped me punch something out.

I worked on through the early morning, when I got a text message around 5:

School Closed


I finished up some slides and went to bed. Now I’m up and not really feeling like looking at that presentation. Perhaps later. I’m going to enjoy this rainy day off.

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March 15, 2010 at 12:32

Vacation Update

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A quick hello while I’m on winter break. I know I haven’t posted any NCLEX questions (for those of you who even read this blog) but hey… I wasn’t near a computer for a while.

So, I will try and post this week’s question. And my break will be ending shortly, as I am taking a class during the winter session. It’s all online, so should be relatively easy.

Should be. We’ll see.

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January 6, 2010 at 03:05

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My Diagnosis

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Stress related to insanity of ABSN program as evidenced by crying, muttering to nobody in particular, and a general “gloom and doom” disposition.

Not exactly NANDA appropriate, but that is how I’ve been the last few weeks.

Compared to my other classes, these last few weeks have been a breeze. Classes later in the day, no clinicals, no real studying, weekends free. As easy going as it was, this week alone has truly started to freak me out.

Me. The one who gave the presentation on how we shouldn’t stress or we’ll end up burning out. I did well on the presentation, by the way. For throwing something together rather quickly, I think it was one of the more enjoyable presentations given.

The paper, same thing- very quickly thrown together… but I have no idea how I did on it.

The exam. Oh, that exam. Yes, I’ve written on here how I thought I failed a test. But this time I am pretty darn sure that I did bad on it. And I’m not the only one… everyone I talked to when I left that classroom felt the same exact way. That test was completely out of the blue, and I hope they curve that sucker.

This was for our Nursing Concepts class. The professors teaching it were nice and all… but they didn’t teach Sure, they kinda covered the first eight chapters, but it wasn’t teaching. We discussed for the most part. The chapters after that were done by everyone in the class, and that was it. There was no input after each presentation by the professor to supplement what was presented. It was just present… any questions? Next chapter.

There was no guidance whatsoever… and I hope they aren’t shocked to see that we didn’t do as great as they thought we should.

Moving on… nothing I can do about that class now.

I have my Health Assessment Practicum tomorrow. I’m a litle concerned about it because I have to do a head-to-toe assessment and make sure I hit all the necessary tests. Not to mention what I’m doing as I’m doing it and to explain why each part of the assessment is important. My partner and I have been working on it, but we never able to completely go through a full assessment. Right now I’m going through Youtube videos to help me how I should plan it out.

Deep breath.

I can’t wait until Med-Surg now.

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September 16, 2009 at 16:17


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When was the last time I posted?


Well, I’m back in school. That week vacation really hit the spot. Today was the first day of pediatrics. Clinical wasn’t too bad, but I am pretty sure that this isn’t for me.

First day of lecture is tomorrow. Just like maternity, this is a two week class… which means 4 days of lecture to cram everything I possibly need to know. I’m trying to figure out how to study for this. The professor gave an exam blue print, but can I really trust that? Apparently the first group didn’t do so well with peds… there are some barely passing at this point.

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August 10, 2009 at 19:26

Half Day

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I didn’t have to get up at 6 this morning, but I did. Completely forgot to turn off my alarm.

Now that all the skills have been completed for Intro 1, I don’t need to go to lab the rest of the week. Which meant today I didn’t have to go to school until noon.

I really didn’t want to go in, but I had to. This mandatory attendance really sucks. I don’t think there is any point in going to Pharmacology class. PP does not teach. PP reads off the pre-made slides that most likely came with the book.

Why bother?

This is what I did in class today:

  1. Opened up textbook to chapter (I don’t bother to print out the slides because PP doesn’t add much to them)
  2. Checked off the areas in the chapter that were “covered” on the slides
  3. Stared out the window and wished I could take a nap
  4. Mid-lecture break: went straight to the computer lab and complained to my SO how this was a waste of time
  5. Wandered back into the class late, yet missed nothing
  6. Flipped pages, checked off sections, and again stared out the window

This should have been an online class.

I’m not going to start studying for the next test until Thursday, after the Intro 1 final. I am still contemplating if I should read the book… I don’t think it’s helpful, but everyone else seems to be swearing by it.

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June 16, 2009 at 17:21