Week two of year two and it almost hurts to be back and using my brain. I know that in order to avoid cramming for exams, I need to be staying caught up with the material. However, our first exam is in two weeks and I have no choice but to use the grey matter swirling around in my skull.
Though I’ve been breaking up studying with watching Downton Abbey, I’ve actually been impressing myself with my work ethic following a summer of no textbooks and class notes. Every day I’ve come home, prepared myself for class tomorrow and attempted to understand what I learned during the day. I’m starting to see the pathology once again is going to be very labor intensive, though virology is coming in a close second. I’ve been promised that bacteriology and pharmacology are going to be a lot of work and memorization, though luckily for me, they’re off to a slow start, for now.
I do find myself in this reluctant state of “I already know that, why am I learning it again?” For example, in undergrad I took a microbiology course and spent a semester doing Gram stains and streak plates. Today I listened to my professor talk about proper streaking technique and how a Gram stain works. Meanwhile, I was mentally bashing my head against a desk for having to listen to it again. However, even though I’ve done countless slides and cell cultures, I really should be thankful for first of all a break from learning newer and more challenging things. But most importantly, I should always count on these experiences to fine tune my skills and further my knowledge. Yes, I’ve seen a ton of horse dentals but every one is different. I’ve watched a bunch of spays and neuters, but I should be as excited to learn in every one because one day that will be me actually doing the surgery. So when I find myself moaning and groaning over learning what a phospholipid bilayer is for the tenth time, I’ll try and remember what I’ve just said now. Practice and repetition make perfect, right?