What a difference a day makes (a short update)

What a difference a day makes (a short update)

In my last blog post, I wrote about worrying about falling behind, and changing things up so that I would get back on track. And just a day after implementing the changes I was reaping the benefits from it; I was able to ask more informed questions, I managed to...

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How I work myself out of a study-funk

How I work myself out of a study-funk

This has been sort of a mixed week. On the one hand, it’s been a really enjoyable week, with a ton of fun, but on the other, I feel like I’ve been treading water as far as population medicine goes. I’m gonna level with you guys, I haven’t...

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Statistics on the brain

Statistics on the brain

When I was on holiday, I started to read Daniel Kahneman’s bestselling book “Thinking fast and slow”. What struck me while reading it, having just started the statistics heavy population medicine block, was how much weight we place on biases...

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Volunteering for my first university committee

Volunteering for my first university committee

This is going to have to be a super quick write up, because I’m leaving for a holiday at 5 AM tomorrow morning, and should be asleep already. Yesterday was quite busy, as I was part of hosting a school event that we have been planning for a long time...

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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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Just one of those days

Just one of those days

Today is just one of those days where I don’t have time to do anything but read for the exam. For the sake of continuity, I thought I’d put up a little something. So here are a few pictures I took when I arrived at school today. Having that little cuddle in the snow before...

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Time tracking productivity boost

Time tracking productivity boost

Yesterday, I listened to the newest episode of CGP Grey and Myke Hurley’s podcast Cortex. In this episode, they talked about Toggl, which is a fairly easy and efficient time tracker website/app. As of writing this, I haven’t yet familiarized myself with all its functions, but...

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Daily positive impacts

Daily positive impacts

I’m currently sitting at our first-year study space, trying to get through the genetics learning goals, and decided to be a bit naughty and procrastinate by blogging. It is Sunday after all, so I thought I’d update you on what I’ve found has made the most positive impact this week...

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Blood serum, ketosis and exam nerves

Blood serum, ketosis and exam nerves

Three labs down, three to go. I’ve been enjoying this week’s labs tremendously. Although there is a lot of sitting around and waiting, we’re working with actual blood serum from cats and dogs with uremia. Tomorrow we’re looking at liver samples from rats that have been on either...

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Let’s get down to business

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.

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10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

At the time of writing this, I have precisely two months left until my cell biology exam. And although that may seem like a lot of time, I assure you, it isn’t. If I am to be able to get through all the learning goals before the end of Christmas, I have to...

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On competitiveness and teamwork

On competitiveness and teamwork

Tim Ferriss “Tools of Titans” is pretty high up on my Christmas wish list this year, so when I saw that one of the most recent episodes of his podcast was a narration of a chapter on Josh Waitzkin, I had to give it a listen. Pretty early on in the narration, Tim...

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A four-week guide to what you should know as a first-year vet student

A four-week guide to what you should know as a first-year vet student

This post is just a quick announcement for a project I have planned, namely a four-week guide to what you should know before starting vet school/as a first-year vet student. These are things that I wish I’d known, and that I’m still curious to find out. Throughout these four weeks, I’ll be collecting data on everything from how much studying is required on a day-to-day basis, conducting interviews with vets and vet students, and trying out study and time management experiments to see if I can up my productivity in just four weeks.

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A sort of typical day in vet school

A sort of typical day in vet school

Today I thought I’d try something a bit different – a photo diary. Throughout the day, I’ve tried to take a few photos to illustrate what a typical day in university is like for a vet student. Today was a bit more hectic than usual because of the extra seminar in basic clinical skills, but it’s pretty accurate as far as workload and lectures go.

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