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The End of Finals

The End of Finals Howdy Aggies, The end of the semester has finally come and that means finals. Late nights reviewing with your note cards, lecture slides, and the best of what Starbucks has to offer. Finals time is very stressful but just remember Christmas break starts soon. A tip for the next few days of near all nighters is sleep. I have done my fair share of all nighters but let me tell you they do not work.  I felt terrible and any type of caffeine booster does not really help the stomach after that much time awake. If you know you are going to pull an all-nighter I would suggest 30 minutes to an hour nap at the most once you feel yourself closing your eyes frequently. For the freshmen if you have not found your spot to crash on campus I would like to suggest the 3rd floor of Evans or the back side of the MSC is quiet and has great couches to catch some sleep. Remember to do your best, your mind needs time to relax and recharge so forget the AMP or... (Read More)

One Semester Closer

One Semester Closer This week marks an always interesting and stressful time the in the life of a vet student - finals. During the fall semester of the second year of veterinary school we take the following classes: pharmacology, parasitology, nutrition (split into large and small animal), clinical correlates, and pathology. Lucky for me, we do not have to take a final in correlates, so I was down to four. My first test was nutrition. I tried to prepare myself as best I could for large animal nutrition. I filled my mind with information pertaining to things like rumen pH, forage and concentrate ratios, milk fever, and the proper amount of amino acids that should be in the diet. The more that I studied for this class; the more I realized that my interest does not lie in large animals. However, in order to be a well-rounded doctor it is still important that I have some idea as to what these terms mean. My second final was pathology. Our teacher took it easy on us this ... (Read More)

Study Buddies

Study Buddies Finals - that one word elicits a host of negative thoughts. The all-nighters, caffeine overload, and high stakes can add up to be a recipe for disaster. Luckily for Texas A&M students the libraries are offering some really neat stress relievers including free hot chocolate, chair massages and, new this year, therapy pets acting as "study buddies". Aggieland Pets With A Purpose (APWAP) is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides trained animals for educational, rehabilitative and emotional assistance purposes.  They volunteer in elementary schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, hospice, and other locations helping the community through their animals. I have been lucky enough to participate in this organization as an associate member. I don't currently have a pet but am able to help members who do have an animal, especially those who have more than one. It has been a very rewarding experience working with special n... (Read More)