Since my last post, I have turned in a drawn assignment of the oestrous cycle of a mare and had a test on Renal and Reproductive Physiology. Both were rather rough. The test was on Friday, which is why I didn’t post last Thursday – I was studying my brain into mush. Friday night was Mr Vet, and then Monday morning was a Genetics test followed by an Anatomy test first thing Wednesday morning. In this time I also managed to get very sick and still manage to pass my tests. So now you know where I have been.
I will start with my Physiology assignment. He told us on his last day lecturing what it was he wanted and gave us precisely 2 weeks to finish it. Me being me, I procrastinated and got it all finished on the last weekend, giving myself exactly 4 days to study for the test. I put off all note-typing and focused on studying renal and reproductive physiology for the week (minus time on Wednesday to work on my anatomy pre-lab). Thursday night my flatmates E and A and I got together to study together the last bits and by Friday morning I was as prepared as I was going to get. E and I went over a bit of histology before the test and that was it. I feel ok about the test, I’m reasonably sure that I passed. At least it is over now and I don’t have to take it again.
Friday night was Mr. Vet, which is pretty much a beauty pageant put on every year by the 3rd year students. Two male representatives from every class are chosen (either they volunteer or get volunteered) to compete for the pink sash. They participate in a group dance at the beginning, a talent portion, a formal wear portion, and a swimwear portion. The opening act was pretty hilarious with them all starting out in fuzzy girlie bath robes, doing a bit of stripptease down to a towel. They danced around in the towels for a bit and then whipped them off to reveal daisy duke shorts (they also put on straw cowboy hats) and did a little line dancing before ripping those off to display either rainbow g-strings or leopard print briefs. It was pretty hilarious watching them all dance around. Some of them were clearly better at it than others (the two from my class looked like they had skipped a few practice sessions) but they all did a pretty good job overall. Next was a mix of talent, swimwear, and formal wear. I don’t remember them all perfectly, but there was one act that followed a theme – the Ginger from third year (maybe? I think? he may have been fourth year…I’m also reasonably sure he has a real name, I just don’t remember what it is.) had a running theme of a comedic history of the Ginger (from some pop reference I’m sure), except for his talent portion where he did a ballroom type dance routine with several girls from the class (which now makes me lean more toward him being 4th year), he also played guitar and had sparklers on stage for various other performances. One of the other guys did a bit of trampoline acrobatics which was really amazing. The Asian guy from 3rd year (?) did a magic trick for talent, dressed as a sperm for swimwear, and danced to “kung fu fighting” for formal wear. There were several acts that did Lonely Island songs, and quite a lot of partial nudity (as in most acts ended with one of the guys wearing just underwear). The boys from my class did a duet for the swimwear (and were so drunk by that point that they didn’t really remember their dance moves), one wore a dress for the formal wear, and one did a rap for the talent portion. They were good sports for having been picked by the class (since no one volunteered). Next year we will have a better team because we already have guys thinking about what they want to do. In the end, the Asian from third year won first, the Ginger took second, and someone…else…took third. It was a very fun night out.
Saturday I tried to study genetics, but ended up down with a migraine headache instead. I managed to sleep it off by the end of the day and felt well enough on Sunday to actually get some study done. Sunday night our friend A (A2 from now on) from down the street came over and we did some group study. He stayed until around 10 and then we cleaned up and toddled off to our respective beds. Monday morning came bright and early and unwelcomed. I had started coughing a little during the group study, and it escalated till around midnight (keeping me awake) when I remembered that I have cough suppressant left over from last year. So, working on few hours of sleep, and feeling like I’d been run over by a garbage truck, I went in to my test and actually did alright. I went straight home afterwards and slept for 4 hours, woke up and had a drink of water, then slept for a few more hours before getting up and attempting food of some sort (managed a small serving of rice) and then heading back to bed. Tuesday I didn’t make it to school because I still felt awful and wanted to be somewhat recovered for the Anatomy test on Wednesday. I slept in till 10am, and studied in 30-60 minute blocks with hour naps in between. By 5:00pm I was finally feeling more human and managed to get in a few solid hours of study before bed. I woke up bright and early (6:00 am) and got an extra hour of study in before heading to school. I managed to miss exactly 13 points, which I took as a lucky sign since I was relying on a great deal of luck to see me through. The grade is passing, even if it is below average, and so I am happy with it.
Wednesday afternoon was our last anatomy lab on the face (after the mid-semester break we start on the brain), so there was not much time to do any pre-lab. Thankfully there wasn’t much pre-lab to work through and we managed to crack through the dissection in about an hour and a half. The rest of the day was spent in jubilation. Finally done with the tests and lab so our only responsibility left before the break was to make it to lecture in the morning.
Today we made it to lecture, sat through all three, and then escaped into the beautiful sunny day. After classes I went to town with a friend for her birthday and had Japanese food. My stomach was telling me that I could eat the entire portion of their largest bento, but it failed me. The food was very good though and I made sure to eat all of the parts that wouldn’t reheat well. I now have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Tonight we are doing our usual Friday Flat Dinner because tomorrow everyone is leaving back to Auckland for the holiday. So it will be just me and the cats for the two weeks. However, I did manage to score some Dairy Practical work over the break so I will get that taken care of and only have 2 weeks left to do next mid-semester break. This way I don’t have to work Dairy over summer and can spend more of the break home with my loved ones. I still have to set up my Sheep and Beef work, but I might get to do 3 of those weeks over winter and finish off the last week in November and then fly home. It will mean quite a lot of work and no rest, but it also means more time home over summer which I feel is worth it.
Thanks for sticking with me through that long post, here are some pictures from Mr. Vet for your trouble.