Ahhh, so another horrendous week over! I took my last Parasitology test for the semester. It went alright… I won’t say anything until I get the final results back.
We had to take our test today starting 7:30 in the morning due to a scheduled power outage at the college that would start around 9:00am. I’ve been studying all week and even though I knew I had to get some sleep I only managed to go to bed at 1am last night and then woke myself up at 5am again this morning. Trust me, it wasn’t a pleasant thing to do. Ugh.
Anyway, I got to the college and Dr. Baticados had us set up for the laboratory exam first. I was kind of scared at first due to the fact that I had always been used to taking the lecture part first, but it was good that we started off that way. I did pretty well on the lab exam and afterwards I found out that I passed that part. So we’re all good with that.
Next came the lecture part from Dr. Salcedo. When I saw the piece of paper that he handed me as the test I was a little scared. It only consisted of half-a-piece of paper and when I scanned the questions it consisted of three life-cycles and a bit of enumeration. Memorizing life cycles was always a pain for me. One parasite would lay eggs and hatch into larva in 1 week. Others would take 4 months. Some didn’t even lay eggs… some just laid pupa directly. And how many times did they have to attach themselves to the host? And where exactly did they molt? Did they molt on the host? Off the host? And where did they lay their eggs? Crevices? On tops of surfaces of water? Also, how long did they live? Did the male and female die after copulation? All of these questions ran through my head when answering the questions on life cycles. There was one on a type of Protozoa and the other two were about Demodex and the tropical cattle tick. Luckily, I had some background in those three things he asked, so hopefully I answered the questions the way he wanted. I gave it everything I could, so let’s hope for the best.
Anyway, it’s now 4:30pm and the test ended at around 10am. I don’t know what to do with myself right now. It’s weird, because I’m so used to taking tests every week nowadays. When I look at the time I think to myself, “What the heck am I doing? How come I’m not studying?” I just feel weird knowing that I’ve taken the last test of the semester and that I have just a little more than a week off. It’s crazy, but I guess that’s how taking up veterinary medicine goes.
Things aren’t easy when you take up a course in the medical field. My girlfriend in the States is currently going through a lot as well, but she’s passing her classes so that’s a good thing. We’re both stressed out and we really need some time to relax after awhile. You can’t just work, work, work all the time you know. If you don’t chill out every once in awhile you will find that you will burn yourself out, and that my friend is not something you want to do… especially in the middle of the semester.
So guys, fingers crossed, I passed that exam and passed Parasitology 1. If I do end up passing then it’s off to Parasitology 2: Helminths! Woop dee doo… Hahaha…
Tonight I’m going to go out with my Korean friend Jae and get some dinner and some drinks. I think I owe it to myself at least that much after this grueling semester. I’m also thinking of heading down to Manila to spend the weekend there, but I’m not sure yet. I’m running low on cash and have to see if I’ll be visiting other relatives this week.
Anyway, I’m off! 3rd semester is officially over! Woo hoo!!! 🙂