The 5 most important lessons I learned from last semester

The 5 most important lessons I learned from last semester

We’re two days away from the exam. By the time the next blog post goes up, I’ll be officially done with cell biology. Just writing that gives me chills. One of the seniors told me that those who worry about failing usually aren’t the ones who fail. So if there’s a...

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Trying out weird memorisation tools

Trying out weird memorisation tools

We’re already a week into the genetics part of the cell biology course, and even though we’re well into our fourth (!) book this semester, I thought I’d take my own advice and try out some spaced repetition. As I mentioned in my last post, our professor suggested a strange memorising tool, namely connecting biochemical processes to weird or even lewd concepts. I’ve decided to take this one step further, and combine three different tools for remembering, in this case, glycolysis.

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When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

I’m not a huge believer in the saying «when the going gets tough, the tough gets going», and I very much subscribe to the engineering school of thought of finding smart solutions to repeated problems. If you find yourself struggling with the same thing day after day the best solution will never be gritting your teeth and simply “pushing through” whatever obstacle you’re facing, it is implementing a sustainable system to deal with it. This goes for almost any repeated issue, whether it is conflict at work, a leaky faucet, or that clothes pile on the chair in the corner. Today however, I’m taking on the daily annoyance of distractions and procrastination.

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A quick note on decision fatigue

A quick note on decision fatigue

This entry will have to be short, but hopefully useful. It’s a sort of a hybrid between the weekly vet school summaries and the study techniques section. If I’m going to try to recap the week in two words, it would be microscopy courses. Three of them to be exact. This week has been mostly histology focused, and we’ve moved on from epithelium tissues to connective tissues. (We’ve also had an “aqua-day”, but I’m saving that for another entry.)

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Getting into vet school in Scandinavia vs the UK

Getting into vet school in Scandinavia vs the UK

Exactly one year ago, to the date, I was finishing up my applications for 4 different schools in the UK. Two of my applications were for veterinary medicine degrees, and the other two were for veterinary science degrees. Although I saw these as my “safety net” schools, I learned a lot from the application process. Therefore I’ve compiled a list with the different requirements for getting into vet school in Northern Europe, and have included a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

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Rambly afternoon study thoughts

Rambly afternoon study thoughts

I may have fallen asleep yesterday before I had written, or even planned a blog post, so if this is a little rambly, bear with me. These last couple of days has been a sort of journey to find my bearings in the cell biology course, which is by far the most extensive subject I’ve ever had in Uni. Ever. Every lecture slide could be its own lesson, but instead, there are about fifty slides crammed into the space of an hour.

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How to stay motivated – on grit and stick-to-itiveness

How to stay motivated – on grit and stick-to-itiveness

Motivation is a lie. It’s a fleeting, unreliable source of energy, spurred on by whims in the middle of the night, or arbitrary dates like new-years-eve, or Mondays. This summer I vowed to build a bunch of nightstands and side tables after binge-watching about 50 “how it’s made” videos, and this guy on YouTube. Do you want to know how much carpentry I did this summer? You guessed it, none.

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How to spread your workload throughout the semester

How to spread your workload throughout the semester

So if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had to deal with the procrastination monkey one too many times. Since we’re about to embark on one of the toughest subjects of the semester, which is basically cell biology, genetics, bio chemistry and histology combined, I’ve devised a plan to make my work load look more like this:

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Just relax

Just relax

I’ve been having a bit too much fun drawing MS Paint graphs for the «how to»-entry originally scheduled for today, but since we haven’t really had any proper lessons all week, (and since I just got home from a concert, and it’s about ten minutes until midnight), I thought I’d push that entry to Sunday. So instead, today I’m posting about something equally important, namely taking breaks.

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Skeletons and chickens and snakes, oh my!

Skeletons and chickens and snakes, oh my!

We still haven’t started school properly, so other than a couple of lectures on how to prevent communicable diseases and how to use a microscope, the week has mostly consisted of more freshers’ activities.

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Getting our first stethoscopes and antibiotic resistance

Getting our first stethoscopes and antibiotic resistance

Yesterday I went to a pre-school-start barbeque, where we were welcomed to the university, and were given two presentations on antibiotic resistance. At the very beginning, the president of the Norwegian Veterinary Association congratulated us on getting into vet school, and reminded us how important it is to stick together, both as students, and later in our professional lives, as it will get challenging at times.

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A new "pet project"

A new "pet project"

Hi! I’m Benedicte, or Bene for short. My whole life, I’ve wanted to become a veterinarian. After much trial and error, a blog on study techniques, several interviews, and many, many departures into other completely unrelated fields, I finally managed to get into vet school.

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