Let’s get down to business

…and defeat the Huns. No, but really, the time has come for some serious business, namely exam season. Most of you are probably thinking; “Exam season? That was two months ago!” However, as I mentioned before my little Christmas hiatus, our exam isn’t until February 8th.

I know many students associate this time of the semester with a combination of dread and exhaustion, but starting this New Year, I can’t help but get excited. I have this fire in my belly, and I’m so eager to get back to work. There is something really rewarding with tinkering around with the stuff that you’ve learned over the semester, applying different concepts, figuring out the little intricacies, and working things out independently. When the thing you’ve failed to understand the entire semester finally makes sense, and everything just falls into place, it’s such a rewarding feeling.

I think that’s what I enjoy the most about this time of year. The uninterrupted time you have to dive into your work, without being “bogged down” by things like presentations, evaluations or other obligations. I’m not sure how this exam season will compare to the ones I had while studying literature, where we had the entire month off to revise independently. In our course, they’ve combined the revision time with daily labs, so I’ll report back how that compares to what I’m used to. Even though I’m about to start my second semester in vet school, I still get that “newbie” feeling every day. I guess this exam season will be sort of a litmus test to see if I’m on the right track with all my study technique experiments.

A little snapshot of my dad, our family dog and I from over the holidays, trying to catch a glimpse of some of the local seals.

A little snapshot of my dad, our family dog and I from over the holidays, trying to catch a glimpse of some of the local seals.

However, as far as this evening goes, there will be no studying. Only unpacking, and enjoying the books I got for Christmas. I’m only about 25 pages into Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and based on those alone I would highly recommend it. Makes you wish you were an anthropology major!