It has been a very long week...
August 30, 2008 3:26am CST
Indeed, it was. We had our practical exams scheduled this week (it's an exam where you put into practice all the theories you've learned) and ever since last weekend we have been studying like there's no tomorrow. We've been reading handouts after handouts and discussing lectures during our group review and finaaly friday came and that was it. It's over... or so we thought. A written quiz was scheduled for saturday after the practicals to wrap it all up and so still have to study. I was so tired last night that I could get anything into my brain so I went to bed early and started my day pretty early to cram. I went to school still reading my notes til the last minute and although I feel quite happy with my practicals and quiz, I'm just dead tired. I'm getting ready to crash and I plan to sleep for like a long long time, after all it's the weekend. Have you ever had that feeling, like you have no energy after a long week at school or at work that you just need to sleep or relax? I have to recharge to get ready for monday... after chilling out with friends tomorrow of cours. A weekend isn't complete without having fun. LOL... til next time! ~
30 Aug 08
Hi! I hope you get through your studies especially that it's so hard. You can pass all that and it feels rewarding after graduating. I was a nursing student and I really feel we were tortured a lot. I would like to think that they're making us do a lot of things so that we can learn but too much is too much. During our 3rd and 4th year, 3 days of the week would be dedicated to hospital duties. Some hospitals would take more than an hour of travel...or maybe within an hour but the location is really far. It was sort of annoying that the duty days for our section was on Monday to Wednesday. By Wednesday night, we might be trying to study for an exam scheduled for Thursday. What's more difficult is if our duty hours for that is 2pm-10pm or a night duty which is 10pm to 6am of Thursday. From your schedule I assume you're a nursing student too? Because of those practical exams Anyway, there was one time that I got really annoyed when my score for a particular Thursday exam was quite low. I usually top the class but this one had me. My classmate who was checking my paper just had to comment and say "my score's higher than yours!" Hmph, if only she knew that my schedule for that week was night duties. But then, I just thought of this in my mind "I'll have the last laugh, you'll see!" At graduation, I graduated with distinction. As for my classmate, she didn't get any award. On top of that, we had our in-house review for the board and it was on Saturdays and Sundays (8am - 5pm). I was already mumbling during our last semester that it's already torture. There are some tests for this review but I didn't have any interest or even the energy to review for those. I don't think there's even time to read for a 7-days a week schedule. What I do is just go home after school and relax. I will only study if there are quizzes and exams but not for reviews as they were not really graded. Whatever course you are in, I hope they don't torture you too much. Take Sunday as your day to really unwind. Do whatever you like on a Sunday because too much stress is bad. I hope you get through your course with patience, perseverance, and with flying colors too!
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30 Aug 08
Hi EnslinPorter. Thanks for the encouragment! I know what you mean when you talked about all those toxic hours in the hospital and exams on top of that. My older sister is a nurse but I'm not. I actually took pharmacy in college but same as nursing we've also got practicals exams and internships. Talk about toxic hours in the hospital, I actually had a very tiring, sleep deprieved time while I was completing my hospital internship with a friend. A few friends and I had our eyes set on this hospital for hospital internship to be completed during the semestral break. We are required to work for like 160 hours for minor internships and since sembreak is like a month, it would be enough time to complete the 160hrs if we work 8 hrs a day during weekdays. But what happened was that there were only 2 slots left and we really wanted to finished it that sembreak so that when summer comes we could do out manufacturing internship. Since there were 4 of us, there was no way we could do it unless we share the slots and to do that we have to be on duty 16 hrs a day so that we could finish it in the course of 2 weeks and the other 2 weeks was for my other 2 friends. And we did just that! For 2 weeks we were on duty for 16 hrs! That was a couple of weeks of my life I really don't want to repeat. Now however, I'm taking up clinical audiology as a masteral degree. Still it involves lecture hours plus the practical side of things and just as toxic as ever. Can't wait to graduate and take a break from studying for a while. Thanks for your reply! P.S. Congratulations on all your achievements! ~
30 Aug 08
Hello there kg. That's student life. I've experienced that also, and a lot of people experienced that, too. Don't worry, after all hardships in your studies, you will have all the chances of attaining what you wanted. Study hard and make your parents proud!