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Words straight from our histology/cytology professor today. He was trying to explain the flexibility of the microtubules and filaments in the skin, and it came out a little awkwardly. But he also made a "Seinfeld" reference and had "Calvin and Hobbes" comics throughout his Powerpoint, so I was totally okay with it.

First Monday of the first full week of school, and I feel surprisingly rested and awake and ready to conquer my classes. Good thing since we learned about a dozen new muscles in anatomy and start blood vessels and nerves tomorrow! I feel like anatomy is the ONLY class I talk about, but it's only because the others are still review at this point - thank goodness! Gives me plenty of time to figure out how best to study for the class and absorb all of the information. My lab group has done a freaking beautiful job of the dissection so far (if I do say so myself). Our pit bull specimen, Maude, is looking great despite the skin being missing and numerous muscle transections on her left shoulder, chest, and forelimb. This week we're also starting some other anatomy aspects in lab including radiology (x-ray) interpretation and live palpation skills...meaning we actually get to touch a dog that isn't soaked in formalin!

Histology is actually a lot of fun, too. The professor (see above) is very sweet, energetic, and thorough. I've looked at cells under the microscope dozens upon dozens of times, but he's amazing at explaining exactly what we're seeing. Lab is a good mix of turning us loose with our partners and slide boxes and getting plenty of helpful feedback and hints on how to interpret the slide fields. It's really the way a class like that needs to be taught.

Okay, and there is a huuuge perk to vet school. We get butt-tons of free stuff thrown at us. Including meals! Almost every single day there's a lunch meeting you can choose to attend during lunch hour, usually put on by different clubs featuring a speaker or presentation. All you have to do is RSVP, show up, and chow down while learning lots of awesome stuff. Today the VMBA (Veterinary Medical Business Association) invited a local mobile surgery vet to speak with us about starting her practice.

Mobile care is nothing that I've really thought about before, but she was really, really interesting. She's a board-certified surgeon (4 years vet school + 1 year internship + 3 year residency + 2 year fellowship!) and has a mobile practice where she travels to about thirty to forty local hospitals to perform the surgeries that the general practitioners don't feel comfortable doing. A lot of cruciate repairs (TPLO) and other orthopedic surgeries with some additional soft tissue and critical care surgeries thrown in. Really cool idea for a practice without worrying about the "running a huge business with overhead, dozens of employees, etc." model. Something I've never thought about before, but it's really fascinating.

That's the blessing and the curse of veterinary medicine. The variety of things you can do with your degree is ENDLESS. General practice or specialization. Rural or urban. Large or small animal. Zoo medicine or pocket pet exotics. Academia or research. Conservation medicine or pharmaceuticals. Industry or public health. There's no excuse to be bored - I mean, you can do anything with that degree!

And that's the downside as well. I'm fairly undecided about what I want to do, and every speaker or lecturer gets me excited about the possibility of yet another asset to the field. Unfortunately, you have to decide what to do when you grow up at some point. :(
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Long time no post...and things are definitely different!

I'm currently sitting in my new, very organized, cozy apartment in...RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. After accepting my spot at Wisconsin back in April and finding a roommate and getting all set for a move to the midwest, I was called off the waitlist at NC State. About two weeks after sending in my acceptance letter to one school I was suddenly forced to go back to the drawing board and make another decision.

The boy was fantastic and talked me into a last-minute trip down to see the school on his weekend to visit me. Long story short, NC was always my first choice, so I accepted the Monday after the visit. :)

It's got a great reputation as a program and is constantly expanding its capabilities. They're almost finished building an ENORMOUS new hospital (millions of square feet) with all of the newest gadgets. The teaching facilities are also great and there are lots of chances for electives and externships - good for someone like me who is still not sure what to do with their life. Plus, Raleigh isn't a bad place to live for four years (even though it's really, really HOT) and I can potentially save a TON of money if I get state residency after my first or second year, which is pretty unique to the state of North Carolina. And for personal reasons, the boy's entire extended family lives down here, which makes it very convenient for holidays and when I need a weekend away from my place. And even better, both Duke and UNC are on the list of accepted MBA programs that the boy needs to attend in two years. The possibility that we might be able to live in the same town - even together! - is sooooo great.

My summer schedule so far? I finished up work at home on June 30th, moved down here with the help of my dad and lovely, lovely boy on July 7th, and went on a roadtrip with said boy on July 9th. The two of us went up to New England for ten days and had a great time. We've been long-distance for over a year now, and we have at least two more years to go. And honestly? It's been freaking fantastic. We're great together, and spending 10 solid days with just each other did nothing to change that; nice to know we can handle both "extremes" of a relationship. Anyway, as soon as he organizes the photos (he's the camera guy), I'll be sure to post some. Until then, here are some of us when we were in South Carolina earlier this spring:

After spending so much time together, it was really weird coming home to an empty apartment in a city where I don't know anyone, just waiting for school to begin. I'm hoping to meet up with some of my new classmates this week (I'm trying to arrange a movie outing at the el-cheapo theater in town), but I'm climbing the walls with boredom. Orientation doesn't start until August 5th and the first day of class is August 11th - it needs to get here now!

I'm hoping to keep a better account of my "vet school days" - it's a journey I feel I'll want to remember. Keep ya posted!
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Quick fly-by-post. Jon Stewart is freakin' awesome for those of you who haven't noticed.

On Sarah Palin...

On Bristol Palin...

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When it's this quiet in Penn State on a Friday night, you KNOW it's the day before the campus closes for the year. :)

Finished my last two exams this morning. Biology was at 8:00 am. Some of the questions were a bit detail-oriented considering the huge amount of information that was covered in the class. I think the average might be low enough to give a curve in that class (which can never hurt!). Physics was at 10:00 and I finished that in about fifteen minutes -- the professor must be even lazier than I thought. About a third of the questions were straight off the practice exams, so hopefully that will work out.

And I'm DONE! Halfway through undergraduate...kinda scary, but I'm definitely ready to go home. Dad will be coming up tomorrow morning to load up the car and take me home; I can't wait to see the family and the PETS! Yes, I will most definitely cry when I see my dogs. :D They're just THAT cute.

Watched SG-1 and BSG as I packed. It's hard to believe that there are only a couple of new Stargate episodes left. I'm really going to miss it, especially since this season is waaay better than last year (I actually LIKE Vala now). Might need me a box o'tissues for the finale. ;)

Anyway, I think I'm going to turn in early and enjoy the quiet of the dorms. Goodnight and major hugs to all of the f-list!!!
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Meme time! Because time-wasting is awesome. :)

you are aquamarine

Your dominant hues are cyan and green. Although you definately strive to be logical you care about people and know there's a time and place for thinking emotionally. Your head rules most things but your heart rules others, and getting them to meet in the middle takes a lot of your energy some days.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the html color quiz

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Hmmm...I shouldn't be wasting time like this considering the upcoming week. Mini-checklist includes:

*Boxing crap up to send home in advance
*Mom and sister coming up Saturday afternoon and leaving Sunday -- weekend is effectively shot
*Next organic chemistry lab report due Thursday
*Finish spectral unknown lab report
*Ghostwritten political speech -- Cindy Sheehan -- due Tuesday
*Physics exam Tuesday night
*Figure out what the heck I'm doing in physics before that
*Biology exam Wednesday afternoon
*Organic chemistry exam Wednesday night
*Governor's School paperwork meeting Thursday night
*Try to get double-major consent forms signed
*Submit agricultural scholarship application
*Contact veterinarian from home to figure out my choppy work schedule for the summer
*Submit internship application for Elmwood Park Zoo
*...sleep? Maybe?

Blah. I cannot waaait until this semester is over.

And of course, instead of getting started on all this stuff I went ahead and snurched a meme from tjh102. Oh, and Camy! I know I owe you an e-mail, and I'm way sorry that it's about a week overdue -- I've been swamped. I will try to send you one tonight or tomorrow morning.

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