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Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by breenie, 08.25.11.

  1. Armymutt25A

    Armymutt25A NCSU '15

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    Our anatomy lab groups are in groups of 4 with one person out of lab doing something else each day - radiology, palpation, etc. At the end of the day, we all get together and bring the missing person up to speed on what we did and make sure that they get the same exposure that we all did. Sometimes this takes 20 minutes, sometimes it's 1.5 hours. I think we might still be the only group that does this - other people are starting to start join us as well. It may be that we have two old people whose spouses live over an hour away, so we don't really have much to run home to, but we make a hell of a team in anatomy.

    As far as grades, when you get down to it, vet school is essentially a pass/fail system for the most part. Unless you are trying to compete for a specialty right after graduation, which they seem to be pushing excessively, as long as you keep a C average, you're going to be fine.
  2. bunnity

    bunnity Penn 2014

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    The C average thing is a little misleading... "don't fail anything" is more accurate. At Penn if you fail 2 classes per year, you have to repeat the year. If you fail 3 I'm pretty sure you're out.
  3. Coquette22

    Coquette22 AVC C/O 2015

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    Interesting way of doing things. We're in groups of three. The professor suggested that we each take a role (say one person dissects, one assists and one stays reasonably clean to handle the dissection guide and lab manual) and rotate jobs every so often. So far, my group hasn't been able to make this work. :laugh: We try to keep one person clean, but inevitably, we all end up poking around and dissecting.

    It could be me, but after about an hour in lab, I start to stop noticing the smell. I'm far more bothered by my classmates' perfume (luckily, this doesn't seem to be a daily habit, just an after hours thing). Housemate was wearing perfume to pub crawl last night, and I was more averse to that then to the formalin. Go figure. Impatiently waiting for the AVC laundry service to get up and running though - I have scrubs that need to be washed.

    We are officially done with Week 1 today. Yay! Physiology and anatomy are going to be my "scary" subjects, I can tell. I think both housemates have some grounding in physiology that I don't though, so I may have to bake them cookies in exchange for physio help.
  4. pooter

    pooter PennWe, 2015!

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    Thanks for posting this. I was starting to wonder if it was just me. As someone who's also dealt with some psych issues in the past and is feeling it all come back, I applaud your openness.

    I've got the triple combo special: social/generalized anxiety with a nice chewy side of depression, and between adjustment stress and some family issues, I suspect this semester will be tough. I'm calling CAPS on Tuesday to make a counseling appointment. Maybe if we get enough of us knocking down their doors after hours, psych services will spring for a dedicated vet school counselor . . .
  5. SocialStigma

    SocialStigma OVC c/o 2015

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    This gives me hope because I'm also a crammer (earliest I've ever started studying was 4 days before an exam - but when I study, I mean I REALLY study, as in 10-15 h/day studying). I was starting to think that I'll have to do a complete 180 with my study habits and review daily (I've never been good with that, I end up reading my notes for 1 min and then going back to the computer), phew. Like you, I can't force myself to concentrate on studying unless I feel under pressure.
  6. sunnex3

    sunnex3 PennWe c/o 2016!

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    i went to Penn for undergrad and I can tell you for sure that CAPS is an amazing resource for whenever you're feeling stressed psychologically/mentally. Penn is such an academically rigorous environment it can get very stressful sometimes and so CAPS (at least i feel) is very well equipped to handle all sorts of issues.

    just my two cents :rolleyes:
  7. futurevet3000

    futurevet3000 Dick Vet 2015

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    I am coming out of the wood work on SDN to say... you are NOT alone.
    Trust me on this. I had a bit of a struggle at first (we started back on August 8th)... I was overwhelmed, homesick, and having trouble adjusting to my new sleeping schedule. Two days is not enough time to get over jetlag and start vet school! But now that I am about a month into it... things are falling into place. Over here at the Royal Dick Vet, we were thrown craploads of material and such and basically had to just go home and study study study. Practicals have been used as reinforcements to go over dissected and live specimens, which has been so helpful.
    The "futurevet" of September is not the "futurevet" of August. You start to realize that yes, you're here for a reason, and they would not have picked you if they didn't think you could handle the course load. Everyone studies/deals with things differently. Just take it all in stride as best you can, and don't feel ashamed in asking for outside help. It is incredibly hard work, but it will taste so sweet in the end! Now I just have to follow my own advice...
    Good luck!
  8. CarpeDiem89

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    I know exactly how you feel. I am so overwhelmed right now I feel like crying all the time. I don't feel like I am fast enough at learning and it seems like everyone else is doing just fine. :(

    In lab on friday I almost burst out crying. Thank god I held it in. But it was so obvious that one of the teachers took me aside and tried to explain everything I didn't understand.

    I might just have to go to a councilor too. I cannot continue to handle this stress. I totally blanked on a quiz the other day and I am pretty sure I failed it. I don't even want to look at my grade... especially because everyone is talking about how well they did.

    I can't believe I am having this hard of a time adjusting. I knew it was going to be hard but I always thought it was do-able. But right now... it does not see that way.
  9. goldnretrivrgrl

    goldnretrivrgrl Penn Vet V'15

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    :( Well, you aren't alone! I'm going to make an appointment for next week. I hope I can get this under control. And if I can, you can too! We're going to adjust. We're all in this together, ok? Good luck! I'm thinking about you
  10. LMMS

    LMMS Back Hunting Wolves

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    :( Hang in there everybody! It will get better!!

    I'll keep good thoughts for you all and will hope that as the semester gets into full swing that you find a routine, support and comfort from some of your classmates and/or your local student health center. And, if none of that works, well, I guess there's always liquor... ;)

    Stay well; and get a little R&R when you can simply to clear your head. Although easier said than done, it's necessary!!!!
  11. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow UMN CVM Gold Donor

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    Just to check.... do I need to go through the first two avenues before hitting up the liquor? Or can I skip right to the booze? ;)

    (We haven't actually started classes yet... just had orientation. UMN is kind to us - we get a full week of clinical stuff as a gentle introduction before hitting any of the challenging classes people traditionally show anxiety about.)
  12. LMMS

    LMMS Back Hunting Wolves

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    **Blows dust off of OLD mental health certification in order to look the part**

    **Coughs as small dust cloud rises into face**

    You may do whatever you find works best for you and your situation. Everyone is different and requires different avenues in order to find their way though stressful situations. Thus, if it's the bottle you seek, then the bottle you shall have!! :p

    May I also recommend a Bobo doll? It's a personal favorite of mine as it relieves stress and builds upper body strength. Kids dig it too!


    [​IMG]
  13. cowgirla

    cowgirla Oklahoma 2014

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    Hey all,
    Just wanted to offer some encouraging advice. No matter how it feels now, things really do get better. I strugged so much with adjusting to vet school, and getting into the swing of studying. There were many days (mostly friday nights) when I'd be the only person down at the school studying, and I was so frustrated because I was not seeing the results on the exams. I had quite a few emotional break downs, in the school and at home, and I really didn't think I was going to survive the first semester. There were many, many tears shed in front of friends, professors, and even the school janitorial staff (Who were always ready to provide a piece of candy, a smile, and an encouraging word when I was there at odd hours studying alone!)

    Whether you had study skills going into vet school or not, its still an adjustment. You need to learn how to do deal with a ton of information being thrown at you. You need to learn how to deal with possibly not doing well on exams, feeling like you spend all your free time studying, not seeing the results you want, and struggling every single minute. But it WILL work out. One day, you'll wake up, and realize that maybe the world wont end if you take a Friday night off from studying, or two hours after class to go to the movies. Find what works for you, and stick with it. Nothing about vet school is supposed to be easy, but it's far from impossible! If you hear people bragging about their grades, ignore them. There will always be people like that, everywhere you go, and you don't need to pay attention to them!

    I think the most important thing is to find something to do FOR YOU. Whether its laying on the couch with a glass of wine, going for a run, horseback ride, hiking with your dogs, out for dinner, or a hobby-- find something non vet school related that you can do to relax, and make it a priority. A couple hours to yourself every week will make a world of difference to your state of mind,

    And if anyone needs a friendly ear, I'd be more than happy to listen and offer what I advice I can. I made it through-- all of you can too.
  14. twelvetigers

    twelvetigers Throw the ball throw the ball THROW THE BALL Gold Donor

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    For reals, our janitorial staff should be mentioned as a selling point in the school brochure. They are uniquely friendly folks.
  15. Armymutt25A

    Armymutt25A NCSU '15

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    For us, D might as well equal fail. If I remember the in-brief correctly, 3 Ds gets you a trip to the academic performance committee.
  16. Minnerbelle

    Minnerbelle Moderator Emeritus

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    What happens if you end up at the academic performance committee?

    At CSU it's you must get a 70% or above to keep moving on. If you get a 65-70%, then you get a "U" for unsatisfactory, and you have to remediate that in some way. Below 65% and you're out. If I remember correctly, you have a couple weeks to restudy and pass another comprehensive final with a >70%. If you get less than 70% on remediation, you're out. They might let you start again next year, but that's up to the discretion of the deans. You get 1 U for each credit that class is worth. (so not passing anatomy would be 8 Us and physiology would be 7 Us). On your 10th U you get kicked out. So it's really not that big a deal if you fail some of the smaller credit classes, but it kind of sucks because the big first-year classes are worth so many credits. Sounds kind of harsh, but you don't really hear about too many people who leave for academic difficulties. No one's flunked out of the class of 2014 (and we started out with a hefty 140).
  17. nyanko

    nyanko all i do is win Gold Donor

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    Anything below a C- is just called a "Y" here (instead of any distinction between D/F) and we have to remediate it by the end of summer of that year or else repeat the entire year. I believe 3 Y grades = hearing for dismissal from school.
  18. BlacKAT33

    BlacKAT33 UPenn c/o 2014!! :)

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    I thought D=Failed class at all vet schools?
  19. breenie

    breenie Weenie 2015

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    You can "D out" at Mizzou, which means you get more than 9 credits of D's. So, if you got a D in Anatomy (6 credits) and a D in histology (3 credits), your ass is out. Not absolutely though, because you can repeat the year if you convince a committee that they should let you, but it's bad news bears.
  20. jmo1012

    jmo1012 SGU (NCSU) c/o 2015!

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    SGU only goes A-C and anything below a 70% is failing leading to repeating or leaving.

    I am happy though because I passed my first exam. Was hoping to do slightly better, but thats only because I'm stressing about having good grades so that I can apply competitively for an internship/residency in the future.
  21. Armymutt25A

    Armymutt25A NCSU '15

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    Not sure, and don't want to find out. I imagine it's the vet school version of a trial.
  22. BlacKAT33

    BlacKAT33 UPenn c/o 2014!! :)

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    So if you get a D in something that is 8 credits but the rest of your transcript is all C's and above, then when you graduate you have a D in that one class as "passing"?
  23. breenie

    breenie Weenie 2015

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    I believe so.
  24. sunnex3

    sunnex3 PennWe c/o 2016!

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    you guys are officially making me scared about starting vet school next fall, fall 2012...granted i get in this time around! :eek:
  25. Fidils

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    Unghh...it's not the smell, per se - it's that formalin gives me a headache! I need one of those goofy mask-thingies! :scared:

    Fidils
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  26. breenie

    breenie Weenie 2015

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    I... just packed breakfast, lunch, and dinner to eat at vet school today. What. What the what.
  27. lareinesoleil

    lareinesoleil WSU CVM c/o 2015!!!

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    The formalin *in* the lab...of course I'm not a fan, but it's a necessary evil. When you still smell formalin an hour later when you're trying to eat your lunch, on the other hand...:barf:
  28. heylodeb

    heylodeb UC Davis c/o 2015 :)

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    Well, UC Davis in full swing now. :) First test on Friday which the profs PROMISE will be "big picture" and to which we all are sure it WON'T be. My classmates are awesome and I'm really enjoying everything.

    The upperclassmen came back today (they are on quarters while we are on semesters) and it was great to start seeing more faces. Have to share the bathrooms now, though. bah humbug.

    Greatest success: I have claimed my seat. No one has tried to sit in it for over a week now. YES!!!!

    Off to dinner and then P-Chem and Cell Phys.
  29. pooter

    pooter PennWe, 2015!

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    I really should be studying something besides anatomy. Granted, biochem has been mostly review so far, but dev bio? Who am I trying to kid? But there's just . . . so. Much. Anatomy.
  30. Minnerbelle

    Minnerbelle Moderator Emeritus

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    lol only a fellow vet student can understand what an accomplishment that is :p. though I hear it's not a universal thing and some schools are less territorial than others.
  31. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow UMN CVM Gold Donor

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    Day 1, today: I got to pet a horse.

    Tomorrow I get to pet a llama.

    That is all.
  32. Lissarae06

    Lissarae06 Insert Veterinarian Badge Here

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    Our class is definitely territorial. Let's just say that when seats get stolen, it gets AWKWARD.
  33. scb44f

    scb44f MIZ c/o 2015

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    Haha I think I finally have a seat I regularly sit in here... but I'm not too picky because we don't test in that room so I'm down for anything. I jumped around the auditorium (back, front, right, middle... didn't go to the left at all though). for the first 2 weeks.
  34. heylodeb

    heylodeb UC Davis c/o 2015 :)

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    oh man. Ask my classmates - you sit in my seat and I get pissy. I don't think the rest of our class is as bad as I am. I have ALWAYS been this way though. I am a VERY visual learner so...well, I use it as an excuse anyway. :laugh:
  35. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow UMN CVM Gold Donor

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    A handful of us made a play for seats the night before by leaving cards with our names on them. The second years totally smacked us by sneaking in, removing them, and putting name tags for our entire class (by alphabetical order) throughout the room.

    Awesome. Jerks. Love 'em.
  36. jmo1012

    jmo1012 SGU (NCSU) c/o 2015!

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    i'm totally territorial and most of my classmates arent. i've had my seat moved quite a few times now, i'm learning to go with it haha. my classmates change it up all the time
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    Bacci Wisconsin c/o 2015!

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    I was the one who changed it up yesterday and made everyone else go into a tizzy, all confused and such. There's a particular seat that I like but I'm never early enough to get to it, and it just so happened that yesterday I was. The battle will go on. Haha
  38. Coquette22

    Coquette22 AVC C/O 2015

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    We had club day today. I joined the Bovine Club, Wildlife Diseases Association Student Chapter and Pathology Club (woo for clinical path rounds!). :)
  39. Armymutt25A

    Armymutt25A NCSU '15

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    I was going to bring in 3 Army-issued protective masks for my group. Mostly for shock value, but with a purpose.
  40. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow UMN CVM Gold Donor

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    I didn't get to pet a llama. I was so disappointed. Where's my cuddly camelid?? Instead I had to play with cows. Nowhere near as cute.
  41. twelvetigers

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    Llamas are not really that cuddly... some (most?) of them are downright mean.

    Crias are cute, though.
  42. LetItSnow

    LetItSnow UMN CVM Gold Donor

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    Don't burst my bubble, TT. I've played with my sister-in-law's alpacas; I thought they were awfully cute. I'm going to bury my head in the sand and believe that all camelids are created equally.

    Until one drenches me with a loogie.
  43. EllieGirl89

    EllieGirl89 Ohio State CVM c/o 2015!

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    First day of orientation tomorrow eeeeeee!
  44. Coquette22

    Coquette22 AVC C/O 2015

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    Llama missed you too.
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  45. goldielocks137

    goldielocks137 UTK CVM c/o 2015

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    To add to the conversation about seating arrangements: I have been pleasantly floating around these first couple of weeks because I'm trying to meet new people. Branch out. But I realized yesterday that this now means I have been delegated to the very front row. The row that is made of portable chairs because the class is too big for the built in chairs. Nearly everyone else has laid claim to their seats. I refuse to be delegated to the front row! It is awful. I will now actually have to start trying to claim a seat. There are still about 8 out of the 90 seats that are left rotating, so I'll aim for one of those because people are getting territorial over those seats.

    In other news, I have my first vet school test tomorrow. Physiology. I am definitely looking forward to being done with that so I can (somewhat) enjoy the weekend.
  46. breenie

    breenie Weenie 2015

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    Accidentally sat in the 2nd row today because we were already in the lecture hall for a lunch lecture. Apparently in someone folks' claimed seats.

    Caused a tizzy. Lololololololol.
  47. BlacKAT33

    BlacKAT33 UPenn c/o 2014!! :)

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    lol heres a 2 min video we did about this topic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHqa_bYpFeU
  48. Robdude

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    I miss the United States :(
  49. breenie

    breenie Weenie 2015

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  50. jmo1012

    jmo1012 SGU (NCSU) c/o 2015!

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    thats hilarious! yeah none of my classmates are like that (even i am more laid back than that!) glad i don't go to a school where i have to worry about that! but i definitely went to class really early day 1 to get a seat i wanted haha (glad classes started at 1!).
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