Saturday, December 10, 2005

Only one week left!

5 more days left in the semester, and I'm almost looking forward to them. I have my parasitology final on Tuesday, and the parasitology lab exam (which needs to be taken at my leisure between Monday and Friday), as well as a written final for my Epidemiology of Zoonoses elective followed by an oral exam with a partner. Parasitology isn't too overwhelming to me, because I know that there isn't any other subject that I need to be staying caught up with. Also, we're out of classes to be taking on Monday, so there's nothing but study-time between me and the exam.

Zoonoses final should be really cool, strangely. I'm looking forward to having a conversation with our prof and my partner for half an hour (let's be honest, it's gonna take longer than that). The prof for this class is *hopefully* going to be my master's advisor for next summer.

I got to tag along with the public health senior rotation yesterday to visit the local Eden Alternative Long-term care facility. 13 cats, 3 dogs, 30+ birds. Planters in the halls. Plenty of natural light. 108 beds. Everybody was happy, and wanted to tell me about the animals, and show me things. I'd love to live there if someday I can no longer take care of myself or live on my own. It seemed like... home. This is the facility that *hopefully* my master's proj will be on.

Aside from that, all I have is 20 hours of swine core. This is a class that we know nothing about, so I've been a little apprehensive of it all semester. But talking to people it seems like it's pretty interesting (in some ways, mammals are mammals!), that we get out early, and that the assessments (take home exam(s)) are pretty reasonable. We rescheduled one of the lecture blocks (4 hours each) from Monday the 19th to Thursday the 15th. So instead of having the semester hanging out through next weekend, we should be totally done on Friday at noon.

God I love my life sometimes.

Oh! And I have THREE cookie-making parties to go to in the next 2 weeks. I win.

Friday, December 02, 2005

I need more time in my day

Somehow that final that was 2 weeks away is suddenly on Tuesday. We had our antimicrobials/anthelmentics/chemotherapy final yesterday - and I think I did well on it. Time will obviously tell on that one.

I've spent 8+ hours studying daily, plus between 1 and 4 hours of class a day (I love the end of the semester for the latter reason, not the former). I woke up this morning with an excruciating backache, which make the 4 hours of Clinical Epidemiology in my immediate future not so awesome. The redeeming factor is that I love the prof... which is good, 'cause maybe I can not throw up from pain if I'm interested.

Random calculation that we did yesterday:
26 credit hours = ~40 hours in class a week (it works out strangely)
8 hours of sleep a night (I can dream!) = 56 hours of sleep a week
2 hours of work/studying for each credit hour we take a week = 80 hours
Not included sleeping, showering, blogging, traveling etc, number of hours a week I'm occupied: 176
Number of actual hours in a week: 160

Excuse me, but I'd like another day or two per week to simply stay caught up with the world.

Next semester I'm taking 36.5 credits of vet stuff, plus a public health class or two (an additional 2-5 credits).