One of these semesters is not like the others
February 12, 2014 § 2 Comments
There’s a particular type of stress that settles in during exam period. It shows its face occasionally during the semester, but its full effect isn’t appreciated until those blank days before your semi-final. In those days, the only thing you need to do is study for that one exam. The pressure of that time and how you choose to use it is unique. Everything you do during that time is up to you, making you 100% responsible for the outcome. That pressure, that seemingly enormous responsibility, well, it has its own characteristic type of stress.
After making it through this last exam period, I was looking forward to a couple of months without this particular stress. It’s heavier than the others and only gets heavier with each passing day. In the past, it’s been whisked away with completion of the last exam. This time, it stayed.
I blame anatomy. During the first year, anatomy was everything. It was the main class, the monster subject. It demanded all of our time and there was no way anything was going to get prioritized above it. Then second year started and physiology took its place. Many fell victim to the illusion that anatomy wasn’t as much of a priority anymore. Yes, physiology demanded more of our time (especially with 2 tests a week), but anatomy was just as important as ever. Now, this semester, we only have one lecture and one practical per week in anatomy. We are learning no new material, everything is review. If it was hard to make anatomy a priority last semester, then it will be close to impossible this semester. But, if we are going to make it through, we are going to have to do the “close to impossible”.
So, the plan is to stay as on top of anatomy as possible while covering new material in both physio and biochem (which also have final exams at the end of the semester). The plan of attack for anatomy includes daily anatomy facts with Charlotte, Sunday anatomy reviews with Jannie and maximizing the short time we have in the dissection room (plus attending any consultations that are set up). Let’s hope it works!
As for today, all physio! Tomorrow we have our first set of weekly quizzes of the semester. They cover the lectures on acid-base balance and hematopoiesis from the first week. Jannie and I started our day at the library (where we ran into three fellow group members) and then finished out the day at a coffee shop. Reviewing the material with someone makes the information so much more tangible.
Now I’m off to bed with some flashcards, we’ve got a full day ahead!