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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Posts Tagged “clusters”

The Testing

It’s clusters week.

I’ve averaged 8 hours of sleep in the past two days.

I am cramming for therapeutics tomorrow which got scheduled at EIGHT IN THE FREAKIN’ MORNING. Then I have to write my philosophy paper in a week.

I’ve gotten through two out of three tests though–PDA (which is our pharmacology and medicinal chemistry class) and kinetics (which is math and sadness).

So it’s aaalmost the weekend! I have to go to my philosophy class tonight which means reading about social constructivism and trying to look alive and not like I’ve been living off of Mountain Dew and fast food (which I have). Yesterday I got a Snickers bar and a Mountain Dew out of a vending machine without really thinking about it (I never eat like this!) and I was like “oh my. this is how type 2 diabetes happens. It’s going on RIGHT NOW.”

But I need the caffeine and sugar for my brain. :( I should really go home and eat some vegetables, shouldn’t I?

That post-clusters haze

Every time cluster exams end I feel like I got put on that bungee jump ride at Kings Island (YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT?) after eating, like, 8 Skyline Chili cheese coneys.

I made so many Cincinnati references just now I should just go to LaRosa’s and eat Graeter’s and think about my life. ;)

But clusters. (Even though I just made myself really hungry for pizza and ice cream.) I’m very tired. We had our exams Monday-Wednesday and now we have to finish off the week going to class, which is not my favorite scenario.

I figure if the college can manipulate our schedule, they could at least make it convenient for us? And I know we’ve had Thursday-Monday exams before. If my weekend is going to be shot, might as well use it to study really hard for one exam and do awesome on it. Because PDA yesterday was … ugly.

This is what we lived like for the past week. Mountain Dew and candy. We sat in the pharmacy conference room (me for six hours, my friends for more) reading out of Alicia’s Binder of Doom.

Which is HORRIFYINGLY LARGE. What is that, a 4-incher? I don’t even want to know.

So I’m still recovering, but expect more entries from me as I spew my thoughts from the past couple of weeks onto the Internet. (I’m a writer, imagery is my strong suit.)

We’re taking out all the stops!

This is me. Because it’s CLUSTERS WEEEEK!

It’s been clusters MONTH, I swear. I feel like I haven’t left my house since early October. Well, that’s not true.

We studied at McDonald’s after our therapeutics test yesterday. It seems strange, but Starbucks just doesn’t have burgers and fries to eat and giant tables like the Broad Ripple McDonald’s does.

SO HAPPY to be working on kinetics problems at McDonald’s! :D not. Kind of. I ate pumpkin pies and they were fantastic.

But seriously, this clusters week has been killing us! Homecoming, apparently, was this past Saturday. I only knew because they blocked off commuter parking on Friday. This is my reality at Butler right now–finding out about events based on commuter parking.

Right, so, I need to get back to my current venture, which is cramming for Principles of Drug Action. Viruses, mycobacteria, antimalarials, and cancer are going to be my only thoughts from now until tomorrow at noon.

Blowing everything off

My whole student career here, I’ve watched my friends get email after email saying that their classes have been canceled for one reason or another. In the science departments, it hardly ever happens. I’m not sure why. I remember for a whole week of organic chemistry, my professor taught with strep throat. It was insanity.

When it would snow a few inches, some professors would decide not to come to class. I remember one of my professors would come to campus from his farm in the boonies at 5 in the morning and never ever cancel class regardless of road conditions. And I’d be sitting in class all day seeing things on Facebook like:

“My class was canceled! Time for Starbucks lol!”

or even worse:

[updated at 2pm on a Tuesday] “Just woke up for my first class of the day lol”

Okay there might be an inaccurate overuse of “lol” but you get the idea.

Here’s my complex. Every time the mere suggestion of doing anything but schoolwork comes up, I get all indignant. And I act like this.

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But the truth is, even when I have cluster exams, I really do want to get milkshakes and cheese fries at Steak n Shake. Like real bad.

And this semester, my last year of classes here, I have had around 4 classes canceled. It’s not even fall break yet. Am I being Punk’d?! Now I have to camp out until my evening class and since it’s post-clusters I have nothing to do. Except watch more Community, I guess.

Exams are heeere

And they’re back with a vengeance.

Miraculously, we only have three tests this week, which I’m eternally grateful for. One of our classes (biostatistics, actually) decided not to give tests this year, so we only have 3 tests every round of clusters.

Which, if you’re just tuning in, cluster exams are how Butler Pharmacy does tests in the program: all of our tests are scheduled over three days three times a semester. During those three days we don’t have any pharmacy classes. We just come in for tests. If you’re me and you’re taking a non-pharmacy class, you still have to go to it. Which I will be doing tomorrow in the evening when I have an 8am the following day. Woe is me, right?

Soooo I am glued to my computer and going through the natural phases of “I can’t find a comfortable spot to sit in my entire apartment.” But it’ll aaaall be over soon. I’m just hoping these last two will go smoothly! Then it can be the WEEKEND. And I won’t have to look at Hogwarts-themed drug tables.









Songs of the season

Every round of clusters, I have to make a new playlist to study to. Here are my favorite songs to listen to right now!

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name. This is from a few summers ago, and although The Ting Tings fell off the face of the planet never to return, I freakin’ love this song and their album.


The Hunger Games Soundtrack. Specifically, The Secret Sisters – Tomorrow Will be Kinder. This album has a really great sound. The folksy songs fit the mood of District 12 (the main character’s hometown) and it’s just got this dark but hopeful tone to it. I’m also obsessed with the Hunger Games so that’s a compelling reason for me to like it. :P

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs. I’ve had this album on repeat since spring break. It’s cool listening to an album that has a cohesive theme. Plus this sucker won the Grammy for best album two years ago! Get it, Arcade Fire.

Ray LaMontagne – You are the Best Thing. I’d never actually heard this song before until last week! It’s a cute song–I love a good horn section. Lots of retro flair in it too. I can’t believe I just said “retro flair.”

I’ll see myself out.

The obligatory “I survived clusters” post!

I did! I survived clusters! It’s a Christmas miracle! Only–not, because it’s February!

For once, clusters went fairly decently. Even with the snow days and the abhorrent amount of makeup work we were assigned, I thought things went okay. Granted, I spent less time studying during the snow days and more time watching Lifetime movies, but I got my act together in time to study straight through the Superbowl.

(I thought the Superbowl was boring. THERE, I SAID IT.)

I wish I had something more valuable to say! My life is just anti-excitement. For Valentine’s Day, I had a group meeting yesterday for Dosage Forms, where we discussed our gargantuan term paper and imminent presentation. Then I went to creative writing club where I gave everyone candy!

Oh, and I texted Curtis. I think. I’m a Valentine’s Day pro. (I got him gifts while I was at home Sunday!)

I should have a reality TV show. For real.

At least my roommates are doing something exciting: making creepy masks for mask class!


Still talking about the snowstorm.


Butler University is officially a skating rink. Intramural hockey teams will form up tomorrow outside of Jordan Hall at 9 AM. I call playing goalie.


I don’t know who you are, skating man, but I would like to shake your hand. Well played, sir.

Walking to class today even in well-equipped combat boots was quite the challenge. About 10% of the sidewalks have been cleared (and by that I mean, tiny sections have been cleared in an otherwise continuous sheet of ice that has covered all of Butler).

I’m grumpy about going back to class. But I don’t think it’s completely unwarranted.

See, our pharmacy profs decided to use Panapto to record lectures we missed. Others assigned lengthy makeup work and makeup quizzes. Even worse, they gave us all of this to do on Wednesday night, before we went back to school. :(

Additionally, we don’t have a clusters schedule yet. They start on Tuesday. I would like to know how to study please!

Icepacylpse, you’re killin’ me. At least we got this out of it.

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7 Days to Go!

Curtis: “I can never draw Santa. He always looks like a hobo.”

Oh, Curt.

All right, folks, here’s what’s been happening.

My Thanksgiving break was fabulous. The burn mark on my index finger that was sustained during the Great Roll Tragedy ’10 has scabbed and peeled off. There is no word yet on if I will have a cool scar or not. I will keep you updated.

I haven’t unpacked from Thanksgiving break yet. Clusters week was like being at Wal-Mart on Black Friday at 2 AM, only prolonged and with more jabs at my self-esteem. Luckily, I made out like a bandit with one of my grades. It was like buy one get one free iPhones on Blackboard.

After clusters, I met up with my friend Mark to play more Halo: Reach. We almost saved Reach from total annihilation from the alien Covenant army. Then I had to leave.

(Spoiler alert, again: Everybody dies anyway.)

The rest of the weekend was spent lazing around and watching the snow. Saturday night, my roommate Kass invited us to go with her parents and her 2 and a half year old niece to see Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo! There weren’t that many animals out, of course (in fact, it’s really insane that people were out in the cold!), but we saw a few troopers. The best part was when we walked up to an empty enclosure, and suddenly a grizzly bear sauntered out from behind a rock and stared at us. He was all “You kids get offa’ my lawn!”

THEN. THEEEN. They had a dolphin holiday show!!! I’ve never seen dolphins in real life before (except for off in the distance while at the beach), so I was unnecessarily excited about this.

Basically, the zoo is awesome with Christmas lights, but don’t forget those chemical hand warmer pouches. They are essential.

This is a Pudgy Kitty. This will be me in a week.

Computer Blunders

As a COPHs student, I have a Dell Latitude XT2 tablet computer. It looks really cool, right?

Okay, first of all, I don’t know where they got that screen on the website with the pretty blue bubbles on it. I would like this computer so much more if it had pretty blue bubbles on it. Instead, it just has this tiny ridge along the bottom of the monitor where dust and skin particles gather, impervious to my every effort to get rid of it with my fingernails. It also freezes if you squint at it the wrong way.

I might abuse this computer a little bit. I don’t take care of the battery like I should (“Oh, I just plugged in two minutes ago? I feel like unplugging now!”), and it may or may not have taken a tumble off of my desk chair. Hard.

Today, I grabbed some grub at C Club (short tangent on the pictures appearing on the dining site: I don’t think I’ve ever seen powder sugared doughnuts in the dining hall–what is this, Cafe du Monde?) because I forgot a lunch. I chose a crispy chicken salad, which came with fried chicken, bacon bits, and a hard-boiled egg. It sort of defeated the purpose of a salad, I know, but I picked off the bacon bits, so there. I almost forewent salad dressing, but I got some anyway, and took it back to the table where my computer was sitting. I ripped open a tiny slit in the corner of the dressing pouch and tried to squeeze the dressing onto my 600-calorie salad.

It didn’t come out. I squeezed harder. Dressing squirted out sideways and landed in a huge, oily puddle on top of my computer’s enter key. So I ripped off the enter key to try and soak up the dressing, and I was in panic mode, because cluster exams are this week and I will probably like the use of my keyboard to study.

Long story short, I couldn’t get the enter key back on, there is now a sticky, gunky feel to the apostrophe key, and IT told me that Dell has to reconstruct the entire keyboard because you can’t replace keys.

Do you see what I have to deal with?

Pandora is playing a depressing acoustic cover of “The Freshman.” I need another cup of coffee, people.

See you on the other side of clusters! Unless I do something stupid again and feel the need to update!