Finals week … already?!

(This post got lost in the shuffle — it was from after finals LAST trimester.)

This was me the week of finals. Miserable!

This was what I felt like the week of finals. Miserable!

So finals week is already here! It’s insane! How am I almost done with 3rd tri? And my first year at Palmer! INSANE! This 3rd trimester was rather tricky. It was soooo monotonous I found it hard to study. I also did not find the content to be exciting and enticing. Granted, some things were interesting, but for the most part I was a little bored (to be honest). So that being said, I wasn’t as ‘set’ in my classes as I usually am. For instance, in Gen Path 1, I had an 88% going into the final. So if I got an A, then I got an A in the class. Or I could basically fail and get a B. But where’s the fun in that? 🙂 This same situation happened to me in five classes. FIVE! Holy buckets. So going into finals I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me!

The weekend before finals I prepared all my notes and study guides so that way when finals came I was fully prepared. And that allowed me extra time to do some light studying – or at least familiarize myself with the content. Sunday morning rolls around and I started to feel a sore throat coming on. So I took my vitamins and Wellness Formula, got out my essential oils, brushed my teeth, and showered hoping to kick this thing goodbye. Boy, was I mistaken! By Monday morning I was full on sick. I felt like I was 90 years old. ALL of my joints hurt and I could only sleep. Forget eating or talking. I couldn’t even dress myself. It was terrible. This lasted ALL week! AHHGHGHGH! This is literally every student’s nightmare. Palmer gives students a day between classes and finals to study (a study day), and my study day was spent curled up in my bed sleeping – and coughing. I think 75% of the rugby team got this sickness. We termed it The Plague. It was to the point that Joey was extremely concerned and going out of his way to get me to stop coughing – he never gets sick so this was a big deal for him hehe. 🙂

Somehow I managed to do well on my first two finals – I thought they went terrible, but somehow they turned out okay. 🙂 Then I had the weekend to study PNS. You guys know how I have struggled with PNS this trimester. It made my stomach hurt just thinking about studying for PNS, but I studied all weekend and guess what???! I got a 98% on my final. BOOM! I’ve never gotten an A on ANY Torgerud exam. So this was huge for me. After doing well on that exam, I took the rest of my finals feeling like I could do anything. None of them turned out as well as PNS, but they all went well. And before I knew it, 3rd tri was over.

Although 3rd tri was over, my sickness was not. 🙁 I had a couple days to recover, but then I was headed to San Diego for a week in the sun. Before I left for my trip my sickness was going away, but half-way through my vacation, it came back with a vengeance!

But I’ll tell you about my break/vacation/celebration from surviving year one in another blog. 🙂

 

Callie

One more relaxing week …

Stress-relief cleaning.

Stress-relief cleaning.

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Can you believe it’s already the end of September?! How did this happen?! Although the tri is coming to an end, thankfully we have one more relaxing week this week. My exam on Monday went well! I could have done better, but I did better than I needed to–and that’s all that matters. 🙂

My study technique is that I go through all my notes and rewrite them into ‘study guides.’ This way I read through the notes, rewrite them, condense the material and organize it in a way that makes sense to me. Considering I had to make my Gross 2 study guide and then study it (and all the diagrams) in one night, it was quite the task. There were a couple questions where I could see the answer in my study guide, but I couldn’t associate the topic. But, next exam I will spend a little more time and then that won’t happen. 🙂

The only other stressful thing we have this week is a Biochemistry 2 quiz. I really want to do well on this to secure a good grade in the class. 🙂 So overall, this is a pretty chill week.

Since I have some down time, I’m going to try to get in to open lab to prepare for my Spinal practical. I have that next Wednesday, so I want to make sure I get in early enough to do well. It sounds kind of silly to say that I want to do well on these, because in reality I want to do well on all of them, but it’s great being able to go into finals semi stress-free.

I have to say, some people make 2nd tri extremely stressful. And don’t get me wrong, it’s very hard to balance this class load. But getting a couple B’s is not going to ruin my life. As soon as I let that go, I found I was significantly less stressed. 🙂 It’s all about priorities, people! And I value sleep, hehe. 🙂

I am also going to try to get my apartment deep cleaned. Something about having a clean house just makes me less stressed. Because when I’m bored from studying, I will find anything to do besides study, and I usually revert to cleaning. So, in order to avoid this I want to get it done before finals. 🙂 And who doesn’t like walking into a spotless house? I also find that cleaning can be somewhat of a stress reliever. I feel accomplished afterwards. Anywho, that’s my plan: deep clean the apartment.

I’ll let you know what actually happens this week (Netflix) next time. 🙂

BTW, it was National Coffee Day this week … you bet I celebrated!

Callie

Rugby day!

1817542687_f8a591e013Saturday was a beautiful day to play rugby! It was our first home game, and it was a good one! So, before I get to excited, I have to say that we lost. But, we played AMAZINGLY.

I can’t believe how far we’ve come as a team in the last week. We looked like one unit. Our scrums looked great, and we were communicating well. We made some minor mistakes that Wisconsin capitalized on, but other than that I think we all saw a notable improvement.

So as I mentioned in the last blog, rugby finally ‘clicked’ for me during practice last week. I knew where I was supposed to go and understood defensive things a little more. And I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I clearly demonstrated this understanding during the game. So TOOT TOOT. I was on the ball immediately on defense, which made getting the ball out difficult. I like to think of myself as Clay Mathews or Julius Peppers. I’m on the ball, putting pressure on the quarterback. So I might have went extreme in this comparison, but that’s how I felt. 🙂

I also scored my very first try! WAHOOOOO!!!!! TOOT TOOT TOOT. It was incredible!!! I honestly had like a flash daydream that I broke my face, but scoring a try never even crossed my mind! And I have to say, I definitely had to work to get this try. It wasn’t like I just happened to be standing there and fell in; no, I am 95% confident that I ran half the field to score this try. And if you know anything about rugby, you know that people like me don’t run distances like that. I was EXHAUSTED! I think I didn’t even care about celebrating because I was so exhausted. But it was an amazing feeling, and I can’t wait to do it again. 🙂

As if Saturday couldn’t get better, I was also voted ‘Woman of the Match.’ The team thought I was pretty valuable that game; definitely unexpected, but extremely gratifying. After the game and the social, we all watched the men play and socialized with players from Wisconsin.

After that, I went home and showered and once again watched some Netflix. I was also in bed by 8:30 p.m. Like I said, I was exhausted. But going to bed that early proved to be beneficial for Sunday. My Sunday Funday consisted of studying …at 7:30 a.m. But that’s what happens when you don’t study for your Gross 2 exam on Monday ….

Hopefully it works out okay. 🙂

Callie

Welcome to H. E. Double Hockey Sticks …

Goodie basket from my friends. Like I said before, I really do have the best friends here at Palmer. :)

Goodie basket from my friends. Like I said before, I really do have the best friends here at Palmer. 🙂

As you know, a lot has happened recently! So not only am I dealing with my accident, but I also have my three exams and surgery on Friday! Thankfully I studied enough for Gross over the weekend, so that exam went well! I was only one question away from an A, so if I work just a little harder, my next exam should be better. 🙂

Then I started studying for Physiology 2 on Monday night. I have taken a Neurophysiology course in undergrad, so the material for me was somewhat familiar. I also went to open lab on Monday and Tuesday night in order to stay on top of what I need to know about the cadavers for the Spinal Practical. After the Physiology exam, I went straight to studying Spinal. I also had rugby practice, so I went to that at 6 p.m.

It’s the weirdest feeling studying for Spinal practicals. You know what you know, and you know what you don’t know. But somehow during the practical it all blends, and suddenly you forget all the tricks and tips you have for distinguishing between different vertebrae. So the bone part of the practical was a total blur. I know I knew a lot, but it feels like it all happened so quickly, so I can’t remember anything. Then we went right into the cadaver portion. That for me was better, but there were definitely a couple muscles shown in odd ways that threw me off. But, overall I think it was decent considering the week. 🙂

Picture of elbow. Calcified bone bodies in capsule. Removing those to reduce pain and swelling with activity.

Picture of elbow. Calcified bone bodies in capsule. Removing those to reduce pain and swelling with activity.

After 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, I felt like I had just survived some sort of major trauma. Somehow I was chosen to survive. You may think that sounds over-the-top, but I swear to you it’s not! Once you have “suffered’” that kind of torture, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about!

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, my friends here at Palmer are truly the best. Three of us had our practical on Wednesday, so we decided to drink wine and eat copious amounts of pizza. It was the perfect way to end the longest week of our lives.

Thursday was a normal day to me. I was exhausted, but, hey, I had nothing to complain about! All my exams were done, and it was the last day of the week for me! My boyfriend and I were driving home Thursday night to prepare for my surgery. My surgery was in Rochester, Minn., at Mayo Clinic, which is about an hour and 15 minutes from my house. I came home from classes, and I deep cleaned the house and did some homework assignments. Joey didn’t get off of work until 10:30 p.m., so by the time he got home and packed, it was midnight. We drove straight to my house and then, as soon as we got there, we left for Rochester.

Overall, surgery went well! I just had some little bony pieces removed. And the funny part is I didn’t want to wake up from surgery. I think I was making up sleep for the previous week. 🙂

I’m looking forward to a relaxing week next week, hopefully!

Callie