Today was my last day of classes. Of this semester. Of my academic career.
buuuut I have 3 finals and 2 papers left.
THEN I’M OFF TO ROTATIONS. GAME FACE.
It’s been unreal. My last two classes ever. And what were they? Strangely, a drug abuse lecture in therapeutics, and my substance abuse elective. Side by side. I’m finishing off my academic career with a theme.
We celebrated with India Garden in Broad Ripple and trying to get ahead on some kinetics homework. There is nothing more satisfying than a good Indian buffet and finishing final assignments early. Now it’s just… the big stuff. Like our 4 semester cumulative therapeutics final on Monday. But after all we’ve been through? Seems easy enough!
I am a P3 pharmacy student and it is the end of April.
That means I’m in my last academic semester and it is very important that I keep track of all of my “lasts.”
I turned in my last cluster exam last week–therapeutics–in the late afternoon on Wednesday. It was one of those exams where there were a lot of topics and none of them were very difficult. I answered each question with this sense of “Yeah! I know this!” Or maybe it was “I didn’t study this topic enough to know I don’t know this so, sure! This is the answer!”
(It went fine by the way.)
So as I hand in my 18th and final cluster scantron, the proctor tells me I have to fully mark in the test form (you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever taken a scantron–and if not, it’s as basic as writing your name).
All I could think was: “MAN, THIS AIN’T MY FIRST RODEO.”
But I did as I was told and fixed my bubble-mark. But geez! I should be a scantron pro at this point!
I’ve been listening to a lot of Jackson Browne too and he should have written an album called The Presenter instead of The Pretender for this week. BECAUSE I HAD FOUR PRESENTATIONS.
Pause–I’m really impressed that I just found the album The Pretender on Youtube (linked above).
On Monday I had a group presentation for my law class on insurance coverage of smoking cessation productions. It was in front of the entire pharmacy class so it was kind of intimidating. But I wore my power blazer so it was okay. (Ladies, everyone needs a power blazer–it’s a Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec thing.)
Then Wednesday I had a big case presentation on a geriatrics patient. I thought I was super prepared for it except I got asked some kind of odd ball questions that I didn’t think were really pertinent in the patient. IN MY HUMBLE OPINION.
Thursday I did a presentation for my substance abuse class on peyote. My fourth presentation was supposed to be an article in the news for the same class but it got pushed to next week! Whew. I feel like I haven’t even started studying for clusters!
Also, from the amazing tumblr whatshouldwecallme, I found this gif that has been a good representation of my brain for the past few weeks:
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Clusters start Monday (Tuesday for P3s!) so that means my Spotify has been blowing up with nonstop music.
My current jam is Harper Lee by Little Green Cars. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I heard it on WTTS and I was like “this song was made for me.” Something about the vocals and the indie rock and the literary reference. I just love that.
Also please join in the magnificence that is Levon Helm. He died last year on April 19th.
Something about playing the drums and doing lead vocals just screams TALENT. Also… Levon Helm. The Band. Majesty.
It’s Friday, so it should be my day off, but I am on campus in the science library and it is COLD. It was 80 on Wednesday! I bite my thumb at thee, weather! Such is the reality of cluster prep, though. It’s nice and quiet up here except now Levon Helm is wailing in my ears. Thanks Levon.
(I may or may not have tagged this post Music Monday and I regret nothing.)
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A few weeks ago, Butler got a two hour delay on a day I had no classes. The last winter storm was nothing but some rain. And now when we get some legitimate snowfall, it all stops in the middle of the night! COME ON, SATURN.
At least the snow’s pretty.
Except it’s all supposed to melt in the next couple of days. I guess that’s okay–I forgot it was March and oh-em-gee we have Spring Break on Friday. So sunshine and beach towels, ahoy?
I KIND OF LIKE THE SNOW.
Oh, surprise ending–my new phone does not have a potato-grade camera!
Small note: my phone has this photo auto correct that’s making my hair look super weird. I did just dye it on Sunday but it is NOT THAT COLOR.
If I look like a wreck it’s because we’re about to go into a kinetics exam that would ruin the rest of our day.
I’ve had a pretty eventful week.
On Monday I saved a mannequin’s life in CPR certification training. I used an AED and everything!
Then I was rewarded by finding out:
FIVE FREE STARBUCKS DRINKS DURING CLUSTERS? WHY YES THANK YOU.
I have no comment about my costuming skills.
Clusters are under way which menas that cup up there was a venti and I just drank a strawberry shake from the “McCafé.” If I made a chart having to do with my nutritional choices during clusters, it would be in the shape of a Wendy’s Baconator.
ONE LAST THING: I tried the new hazelnut macchiato and it’s kind of meh. You can now go about your business with this knowledge!
Two “winter storms” have rolled through, pouring ice over our fair city.
Then temperatures above freezing have just obliterated all sense of urgency about the whole thing and it’s really just not been all that intense.
I STILL SEE GRASS.
Just to prove that we leave the house for things other than class/work, we went across the street to Target.
And found these awful decorations.
First of all, that’s a giant “vintage” butterfly plastered onto a lampshade. And apparently anything remotely “vintage” looking can be embroidered onto anything and it can get sold in Targets nationwide. Sigh.
At least Curtis found these amazing Sylvester Stallone-in-the-movie-Cobra(?)-sunglasses.
ALSO my “happy clusters and belated birthday” package of stuff I ordered came today so I’m contented. Now for a long and arduous weekend of staring at my laptop and hoping I can retain at least a shred of information about pharmacy law and oncology.
My alarm is a clock radio and while I don’t move it or touch it other than to set the time that it goes off, sometimes it just decides that radio waves are far more volatile than they really are. Or that the towers from which they are broadcast must be completely mobile and that the signals can just one day up and disappear. And I’m talking about the local FM stations like X103 (YES I LOVE THAT STATION, ESPECIALLY TODD AND THE DEUCE!).
Anyway, it’s bad enough getting woken up from REM sleep by loud noises, but even worse when the sound that comes out of the clock radio is straight up white noise.
But I am awake and it is 8 AM! And it is Monday. We had clusters last week which is why I’ve been completely off the map. It was my birthday last Tuesday, too.
“omgosh, cathryn, what did you do?!”
I appeared for our morning study session before the therapeutics exam and my wonderful buddies had gotten me a cookie cake. I can’t tell you how they knew how much I love cookie cake. BUT THEY KNEW. It was amazing! So we feasted on cookie cake before the exam!
Then we left for the exam (which I had to take an hour early with about 1/3 of the class because we had electives at 2), and then I had my Public Health class. I was sick and I was having one of those THE VIRUS IS TAKING OVER MY BRAIN days. Like I thought I was turning into a Walking Dead zombie.
Even though I was tired and I probably gave the virus to Curtis over the weekend, we went out for Mexican food and then it was back to studying. It was a good day though!
I swear I do everything to try and not get sick.
Tips: hand-washing, hand-sanitizing, regular sleeping and regular eating, avoiding sick friends like they have the plague (they really love that, let me tell you–not), and getting my flu shot.
I still managed to pick up something right before clusters week. And it was a weird one.
We all know how colds usually go–sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, feeling miserable for 3 days-week. This virus was something else. All of the sudden I got super tired and super congested, but my nose wasn’t runny. It was just like somebody stuffed my sinuses with a bunch of cotton balls and then sapped my energy like Superman in a Kryptonite factory.
AND THAT WAS IT. No sore throat, no runny nose. Just… stuffystuffysleepysleepy. For five days during clusters. Now I’m fine. So, so weird. I do appreciate not having to be a living fountain during exams, though, because it’s highly disturbing to know the person sitting near you is spewing virus particles into a tissue and probably into the air.
This is such an image-heavy post. And I’m not sorry. Also have you ever read about the Plague? It’s super interesting.
If you need me, I’ll be Trip-ing it on the couch.