Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors

October 29, 2013 § 2 Comments

Tensions are running high and there is no end in sight. We’ve just come over the climax of our exams in this two week period, but there are still two, or three…or four more. On Thursday we had our normal weekly lab quiz in physiology and later that night, at 19:00, we had our first biochemistry midterm, which covered bioenergetics and carbohydrate metabolism. Then it was back in the saddle to cram for Monday morning’s neuroanatomy midterm. It was our second midterm this semester and it covered microscopy of the central nervous system (neurons, how they are organized, what they do, etc).

Now it is Tuesday, and I buzzing with exhaustion. But can I rest? No, not really – we have two quizzes (as usual) in physiology on Thursday. This week’s seminar quiz in physio is on the venous circulation and cardiac biomechanics. After that, it just continues! I’ve probably lost you at this point….but I’ll still add that next week we have our Hungarian midterm and another two physiology quizzes and then it’s only a week or so before we have our next anatomy midterm and the week after that is our next biochem midterm! To sum it up, second year is pretty much 2 or more exams every week – so hold on to your seats, we’re in for a bumpy ride πŸ™‚

Despite the high stress level, things are going well. I’ve finally come over my insomnia stage and no longer have to fight with myself to fall asleep. My scores for my exams aren’t really where I’d like them to be, but I’m passing and that makes me happy. I have to constantly remind myself – progress, not perfection! This past midterm in anatomy was a total killer for people. In Skjalg’s group, only 4 of 16 passed. No Gaussian distribution here…

Quite the sunny study spot I've got there! Such a treat B)

Quite the sunny study spot I’ve got there! Such a treat B)

Pretty fall colors behind the anatomy building at school

Pretty fall colors behind the anatomy building at school

Checking in with my mama ;) For some context, we are currently dissecting the dorsal regions of the cadaver (the back side) and are meant to find all the important nerves in these areas. We were assigned the regions when I was sick, and I got assigned to the gluteal region along with fellow Californian girl in our group this year.

Whatsapp fun with my mama πŸ˜‰ For some context, we are currently dissecting the dorsal regions of the cadaver (the back side) and are meant to find all the important nerves in these areas. We were assigned the regions when I was sick, and I got assigned to the gluteal region along with fellow Californian girl in our group this year.

Cramming biochem while sitting outside at Starbucks. We had two days off last week because of Hungarian holidays, so we spent both days sitting outside and studying.

Cramming biochem while sitting outside at Starbucks. We had two days off last week because of Hungarian holidays, so we spent both days sitting outside and studying.

Med students drink a lot of coffee!

Med students drink a lot of coffee!

Beautiful sunset from our building. I have to get down to the river next time I see one like that!

Beautiful sunset from our building. I have to get down to the river next time I see one like that!

Feeling connected to other med students in the world through instagram. If you filter out all the selfies and food shots, there is a lot of amazing stuff to see ;)

Feeling connected to other med students in the world through instagram. If you filter out all the selfies and food shots, there is a lot of amazing stuff to see πŸ˜‰

Sunday morning! Daylight savings gave us another hour - so I started my studying at 7:30. Oi vey!

Sunday morning! Daylight savings gave us another hour – so I started my studying at 7:30. Oi vey!

Jannie wrote me a little message on a fallen leaf ;)

Jannie wrote me a little message on a fallen leaf πŸ˜‰

Necessary study tangent. I was struggling with finding a way to explain "throw some d's on it". It's the main line in one of her favorite songs and they apparently don't have a similar term in Swedish ;)

Necessary study tangent. I was struggling with finding a way to explain “throw some d’s on it”. It’s the main line in one of her favorite songs and they apparently don’t have a similar term in Swedish πŸ˜‰

Biochem cramming: check! Let's do this!

Biochem cramming: check! Let’s do this!

Doom and darkness before the biochemistry midterm, which took place in the NET building for groups 9-16. I have no idea why they could't keep the lights on....wasn't the most uplifting way to stat the exam.

Doom and darkness before the biochemistry midterm, which took place in the NET building for groups 9-16. I have no idea why they could’t keep the lights on….wasn’t the most uplifting way to start the exam.

Med students of the 21st century. I still use pen and paper but Skjalg and his "lecture crew" are strictly gadgets only.

Med students of the 21st century. I still use pen and paper but Skjalg and his “lecture crew” are strictly gadgets only.

One of the interesting drawings we got to look at while studying for our anatomy midterm....

One of the interesting drawings we got to look at while studying for our anatomy midterm….

Took a break Friday night before bed to try out my make-up for Halloween. Needed something cheap and easy ;)

Took a break Friday night before bed to try out my make-up for Halloween. Needed something cheap and easy πŸ˜‰

Great study tool shared with me by a girl in our grade. She ran around handing these to people before the weekend (cross-section drawings with labels blotted out). Was a great way to learn the structures!

Great study tool shared with me by a girl in our grade. She ran around handing these to people before the weekend (cross-section drawings with labels blotted out). Was a great way to learn the structures!

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Results of my insane anatomy weekend. Did literally nothing other than sit at the dining table and study. Actually, I did take a trip to the store on Saturday for some energy drinks…so healthy!

Thought this corner looked beautiful on my way to study at a nearby cafΓ© last night

Thought this corner looked beautiful on my way to study at a nearby cafΓ© last night

Shot from the beautiful park outside our apartment. Fall is in it's prime!

Shot from the beautiful park outside our apartment. Fall is in it’s prime!

 

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§ 2 Responses to Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors

  • Charkie says:

    Now I see your Halloween (practice) mask up close — looks great!!
    At first I thought that Instagram of the spinal cord cross section was your writing on the whiteboard πŸ™‚

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