Filed under: University with tags: biology, chemistry, exams, musings, nursing, stress, studying
The family decided that the weather was just so nice today that they had to all go and take advantage of it. So they’re all currently hiking, and then it’s off for grocery shopping and they may or may not be home for dinner (and if it’s a ‘not’, could you please fend for yourself, Michelle? Even though there are no groceries in the fridge? It will potentially be chocolate ice cream and noodles – not together! – for dinner for me tonight). And I’m at home. Attempting to be productive. Have I been failing at productivity today? You be the judge!
So far today I have:
- finished up my biology project write-up and emailed my final draft to my lab partner for her to go over (luckily, she seems to think that I have wonderful spelling and grammar – if only she knew how many times I butchered spelling “Agaricomytina” when I was writing up my portion).
- completed my organic chemistry readings (hello aromatics, it’s been a while since I’ve thought about you…)
- completed my online o-chem quiz (on aromatics, what a coincidence!)
- took a break from school work to do the laundry (mmm, laundry!) – I folded laundry while rewatching the season 5 finale of Grey’s Anatomy
- found 3 sources for my cell biology term paper on the Primary Cilium (oooooh, ahhhhh) – I still think it’s ridiculous that we actually need a “popular source” for this paper. I’ve spent my entire academic career thus far avoiding popular sources, and now we’re required to have one cited and used for a term paper – will wonders never cease?
- reread through sources that have been found for my paper – everything is printed out (double sided, have to save the trees!) and will be setting that all aside until after my two midterms next week to go over and highlight the crap out of
- read 3 chapters for my infant psychology class – my friend J, who is in that class with me, told me on Friday that the prof was ruining babies for her. He’s doing the same for me, but at least the cover of the textbook is still super cute
- made flash cards for studying with (cell biology – I need to know amino acid groups, structures and all) (I’m allowed a “reference” sheet, but figured actually trying to know them is a good idea too, the biochemistry class I’m signed up for next term requires knowing them)
Do keep in mind that I’ve been up since 9am and it’s currently nearly 3pm, so I did all of that (points up) in about 6 or so hours. The things that took up the most amount of time would be working my biology project write-up and my online quiz (as I needed to do the readings and then hope that the server would be nice to me today and actually work).
I’ve started the application(s) process for applying for nursing programs for the August/September intake times. I’m applying to 4 different schools and 5 different programs (4 programs that will result in a Bachelors degree – Bachelors of Science in Nursing or Bachelors of Nursing – which is essentially a RN program; and 1 program that will result in a health care certification for LPN – Licensed Practical Nursing). The ranges in times for completion goes from 1, 2, 3 or 4 years. I do have my preference in the order of which the schools go (I’d like to complete a BScN/BSN in as little additional years to how much schooling I’ve done already as humanly possible). But the applications are pretty much all due in January, which is nice (except for one in February, and one doesn’t even mention any dates involving when the application deadline is – I’m waiting for an email). I’ve started collecting information, I do need to buy copies of my secondary and post-secondary transcripts (next week, when I’ve got the time) and I’ve asked people to be my references and write reference letters (L from volunteering was more than happy to agree to writing letters for me, yes!). Program applications and writing up admissions essays, along with my midterms and papers, will pretty much be consuming my time from now until… not quite sure when. When I’m done everything? Maybe…
Dane, yes the 2010 Olympic games are the winter ones (in Vancouver, BC, Canada). 2012 (summer) is in London, England. Since I’m in BC, we get a lot of news about the Olympics (probably more so than I ever realized would be related to the Olympics, but I’m sure if I had been in Beijing in 2008 or in London right now, I would probably be bombarded with a lot of media regarding the Olympics).
And internet hugs?! Thank you so very much, Caity!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful and productive weekend. Have a cup of tea (or coffee, if you’re weird and that’s your thing), relax, read journal articles from journals like Genetics & Development and give someone a hug.