A bittersweet end
May 17, 2013 § 6 Comments
The last sessions of our classes have come and gone and I find myself in a mixed state of relief and stress. The skies of Budapest have graced us with yet another raging storm and I’m cuddled up in the office so that I can listen to the rolling thunder and rain trickling against the window. It’s the 17th of May, Norway’s Independence day (gratulerer med dagen!) and Skjalg is out celebrating with other Norwegian students at ANSA’s 17th of May celebration on Margit Island (though I don’t know how nice that is now that it’s pouring outside). Me and my boringness stayed home to study some anatomy.
Stian, my good friend from Norway, sent me an email and some pictures, asking how I would be celebrating the day. It got me thinking about where we were last year and what today would be like in a parallel universe. Then I realized, I have a blog post from this day last year! Praise the blogosphere for tangible memories 🙂 Here are some more pictures from that day:
Now Stian’s pictures from today:
I wrote him back saying that I had “big plans” and sent him this picture:
So boring, I know! But there is no time to rest just yet. Classes are over, but now it’s the tough part – exam period. For the next 4-6 weeks, we are going to be huddled in our apartments, if not at libraries or cafes, trying to cram in as much material as possible into our heads. My exams are as follows: Anatomy semi-final, Medical Biophysics final, Medical Biochemistry semi-final, Medical Communication final, and Chemotaxis (my elective course) final. We have 3 shots at each exam and if we still don’t make it after that, then we need to repeat the semester, which means falling behind a year. Hopefully I won’t need more than one pass at each exam…
To close out anatomy today, we had our midterm on the urogenital system. I was 100% sure it wasn’t going to go well for me, but I emerged with a 3 (somehow..). The exams varied greatly between classes: Skjalg had 10 multiple choice questions, another group had images they had to label, and for ours, we had 10 theoretical questions and a pin-test. I only managed half of the theoretical questions, but got 9 out of 10 on the pin-test (stupid round ligament). I hadn’t expected that there would be such a big theoretical part, so I had spent most of my time studying images in my anatomy atlas.
Now I get to spend time making up for my falling behind in anatomy! I want to finish with the urogenital by at least midday tomorrow so that I can begin reviewing for my exam. It’s on the 28th, so I have a little over a week, but I know that time is going to fly by before I know it. Ok, I’m off to bed with my embryology book!
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