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  1. Caiter92

    Caiter92 Definitely not a cucumber with anxiety
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    We don’t even have GPAs here and students have no problem matching. So GPA definitely isn’t everything :p
     
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    Class rank confuses me too. Like we have 33 people in my class. If I'm 25/33 (which is approx where I am - had to request it for a scholarship last year) does that make me a better or worse applicant compared to someone who was 50/200?

    What I have learned from this thread is that there is no consistency and I'm glad I don't go to American schools based on where my numerical grades sit - unless our profs just like to watch us suffer :laugh:
     
  3. kcoughli

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    At least for me its more of a where you fall with the classmates. So like top 50% vs bottom 10% or what have you. Also holy crap you have a tiny class!
     
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    supershorty Minnesota c/o 2020ish
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    You don't have GPAs? How does that work?
     
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    With class rank it's typically based more on the percentage than your actual number.
    It still can be a little weird though because at some schools there is very little spread in the ranks. Like, #1 and #30 are separated by 0.1 in gpa.
     
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    cheathac Purdue c/o 2021!!!
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    Thank you! That makes sense since it's so variable. Where do you recommend to be in terms of class rank for lab animal?
     
  7. Caiter92

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    All we have is class rank. We’re pass/marginal/fail, and they don’t assign letter grades or GPAs to us for a class. You’re ranked by class and then overall for the semester.
     
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    Finally got scores back for the final I was most worried about and I passed! Now I can finally enjoy break :laugh:
     
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  9. kcoughli

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    totally depends on the program. Some prioritize top 10 % and some are more "not the bottom 10%.". Personally I think top 25-50% is good because you're in the range where you're smart and worked hard blah blah but also might be somewhat normal and not spending every second studying. Not that lower % is not smart but I digress
     
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  10. britzen

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    meanwhile at VMCVM...

    pass >= 64
    fail < 64

    Sent from my SM-G892U using SDN mobile
     
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    VMCVM uses the percentages you achieved in your classes to determine your class rank, and to my understanding your class rank is all they release.

    (Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong).

    Sent from my SM-G892U using SDN mobile
     
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    Caiter92 Definitely not a cucumber with anxiety
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    Oh geeze, I’m jealous of this hahaha

    Pass for us is 75-80 depending on the class. Marginal is above 72 typically (sometimes 70). Can I have this range instead :laugh:
     
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    They may raise the standards for 3rd year electives (I'll let you know when I get there in two years... I think the electives may even have *gasp* grades).

    It's great for all the core mega courses the first two years though, for sure!

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    That's such an oddly specific number

    Edit: or rather...evenly specific ;)
     
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    As a current third year, they don’t. And class rank will still continue into the elective shenanigans.
     
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    They've stacked the three hardest exams Wed/Thurs/Fri. Send help!
     
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    Oh my lord I just need to make it to Friday. Therapeutics exam tomorrow (and I am really bad at drugs until I have physically seen a case when I can use a specific drug), Theriogenology (which I have a low grade in) on Thursday, and a Food Animal Medicine and Surgery exam on Friday.

    I love Food Animal. It is what I want to do when I grow up. What I do not love is having a cumulative exam in a 48 hour course worth 50% of my final grade. Am scare.
     
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    Haha get out of my head
     
  19. Squeaksmom

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    I posted first, so you must be in mine! ;)
     
  20. awesomenessity

    awesomenessity UCVM 2020
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    Ya'll are dorks :laugh: I just want Friday at 11:30 to be here... haha. We'll make it through guys!
     
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    Good luck!!!

    I feel you on that. Pharm has been the bane of my existence the last three semesters.
     
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    supershorty Minnesota c/o 2020ish
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    Is it 11:00 tomorrow yet?
     
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    Yes :ninja:
     
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    Can it actually be 11:30 on Friday please?
     
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    My condensed review document for all the things I have to know on Friday's exam is 105 pages and 25k words.

    [​IMG]
     
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    YOU CAN DO IT!

    Good luck guys! Almost there.
     
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    I feel like I might have to take the hit on like half of the old material, which is not inspiring confidence!
     
  28. Teepster87

    Teepster87 MSU c/o 2020
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    Cumulative finals are the worst! Hang in there y'all!
     
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    supershorty Minnesota c/o 2020ish
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    DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE sleeping forever now baiiiiii
     
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    Just hit me that today was my last day with my class and now I'm sad. :cryi:
     
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    A couple of my classmates are pausing for PhD work, and I think they're feeling the same way. It took awhile to build relationships with the class, and they aren't really connected to the classes theyll pick up in clinics with.
    No one can take those relationships away. You may not be working directly with them for now, but you've always got a network to reach out to. And probably some trust worthy insight for when you hit clinics.
     
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    How? My finals are always worth like 50% or more of my grade
     
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    Jesus this is nice! Add minuses to this scale and that's us. I feel so cheated lol
     
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    We don’t have a ton of classes with cumulative finals - that wasn’t one that did, so the last exam wasn’t worth that much comparatively.
     
  35. Caiter92

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    Don’t you guys usually only have two tests per unit though?
     
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    And you've got a 2 year cumulative test I've heard about. No thank you. That would annihilate me.
     
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    No depending on the block though. We just had a two week block that was two tests. But for cardio we had 6 exams and the cumulative final was worth something like 47%.
    Yeah the two year cumulative is terrifying but basically no one fails completely. You might fail a section but they let you retake that section. Basically, each block we have on the cumulative and we need at least a 70% on each section. 70% is a fail for basically everything anyways. Not that it's an F but if you get below a C you fail.
     
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    October (i.e. midterms) was a disaster, but I just found out that I passed all the things :D Four months til clinics....
     
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    I just impulse-bought a fully articulated cat skeleton.

    I regret nothing.
     

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    Also, I slipped today when I went to pick up my skelecat and now seem to have acquired a skeledog too. Not sure how this happened.
     
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    Same. Since we only get 9 real grades for our entire schooling, every point matters. My grandpa still swears that I ended up repeating first year with my 69.45% because they wanted the extra year of tuition.
     
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    **** I didn't realize it was that close
     
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    Yeeeeaaaahhhhh........ They've included in every email so far this year (possibly last year, too), that rounding is not a thing at the end of each quarter and the end of the year. Sucks, but it is what it is at this point.
     
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    holy smokes! I've got like 2 days until I start clinics now. I've just got the sudden urge to go throw up now!
     
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    !!!!!!!!
    You're gonna be great!
     
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    It'll be fine. Much better than the classroom. :)
     
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    YAYYYY WOOOO YOURE GONNA DO GREAT.
     
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    Send help I've been back in classes for 39 minutes (labs all day yesterday) and I already want to go home and curl up in a ball
     
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    I have these feels too. :arghh:
     
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    I had to rescue this from page 2.

    Clinics isn't as terrible as I thought it would be. My tendency to just shout out the random things that come into my brain is showing some pretty strong early returns
     
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