Once more into the fray
June 1, 2014 § 3 Comments
Day 10 of cramming for this week’s anatomy final and we have logged in 127 hours of studying time so far. I’m battling greatly with periodic surges of stress and anxiety and trying my best to keep positive, to not let the stress take over. This exam is huge. There is no way I can prepare well for everything and that is not easy for me to accept. We are doing absolutely the best we can and that is all that matters. Sometimes I catch myself thinking that I should have done things differently these past two years, that I should have studied more or better. To push those thoughts away, I repeat a Maya Angelou quote in my head, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”. There are so many factors I can’t control and rather than focus on those, I need to keep my head up and move forward.
The exam will last about 3 hours. There are 3 parts, each with a different professor. If you fail a part, you fail the exam. The first part is what they call the Organ Walk. We will be led through final specimens and be asked to identify various structures. The second part is histology, where we will receive two of the 100 slides we’ve gone through during anatomy and will be expected to identify the organ/tissue and discuss any theory about it. The third part is the theoretical part, where we will draw a card containing 6 of the 300 topics on our topic list.
I’m getting too overwhelmed even writing about this. Back to studying I go!