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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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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The last day of the first semester

The last day of the first semester

Today was the last day of my first semester at vet school. It has flown by so fast, I feel like it was August yesterday. Therefore, as a way to reminisce, I’ve put together a few images and little stories from this semester, to look back at one of the most...

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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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Ethics in genomics and the First Sunday of Advent

Ethics in genomics and the First Sunday of Advent

The genetics part of the cell biology block is coming to an end, and although it has been a bit dry at times, I think it’ll grow on me when we start our ELSA-assignments next week. ELSA is an acronym for the Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects research...

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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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A Week of Firsts

A Week of Firsts

This week was a week of two firsts, our first trip to the practice clinic, and the first lessons of the cell biology course. As you probably already know if you read Wednesday’s post, I found the first week somewhat tough. Sure, I knew it would be difficult, but not like this. I’m not really sure what I’d expected, but I thought since I was used to the hustle of trying to get into vet school, surely I was prepared for whatever curveball they’d throw at me?

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3 dissections and a "knighting" ceremony

3 dissections and a "knighting" ceremony

I thought I’d post the Sunday entry a day late, so I could write about today’s dissection as well. Because last week was all about dissections and group assignments (and even more freshers’ activities of course, but well get to that later).

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