Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

After a semi-productive morning of studying, I decided to rejoin the human race and have a date with my valentine. We went to the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, visited some art galleries and a fabulously expensive chocolate and paper store. We ended with a huge and delicious Mexican meal at Alejandro's. It was nothing fancy, just great food and a great salsa bar, and most importantly great fun!

While I had to re-enter the vet school race when we got home, it was what I needed: to spend some time with the person I am so lucky to have.

Quotes to get you get through the day

This week was a little rough on the confidence, but with supportive friends and some inspirational quotes when they were needed the most, I think I will make it through.

"Life does not put in front of you anything you can't handle."

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Avoid the burnout

Well I think I survived the first week of exams. This week contains another 2, potentially harder exams. It's Sunday and I am tired. The weather was spring-like and I tried to enjoy it a little bit. We went for a long trail run on Saturday in the late afternoon, and got a little lost due to poor trail heads and a cloudy memory. We found our way back, thankfully, before dark and were able to laugh about it. Needless to say our bodies were sore. We ran/hiked for over 40 minutes more than planned.

The rest of Saturday and Sunday were heavy study days in an effort to stay on top of the current classes and prepare for next week's exams.

This week we have a lot of lectures and a pet peeve of mine. It makes vet school infinitely less manageable when we have 6 lectures before the fist exam that will be on the second exam, when we are still trying to master the 10 prior lectures for an exam that week. It means a lot of catch up next weekend in cardiology. Ugh my brain hurts just thinking about it.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Let the Exams Begin!

It is the 3rd week of classes and the games begin Wednesday. Many of the weeks of this semester are 2-3 exam weeks. As I have been talking to many other classmates and 3rd years, apparently the pre-exam anxiety I have starting this week is normal, and unfortunately does not go away with further advancement through the program. Each semester is so different, and we all find ourselves having to prove to ourselves time and again that yes we can do this.

So here is hoping that this week goes well, and makes me remember that yes I can do this.

Musculoskeletal exam Wednesday, Wildlife Medicine Midterm Friday. Until the weekend...