Hope everyone’s midterms have been going well, I actually just completed my second German one, and only have 1 to go next week, until I can relax a bit before finals. This has actually been my best semester to date at UBC so far! Hope I’m not jinxing myself. Because I’m doing 5 years at UBC, its really important I have a high A average this semester and next semester, I thought I was reaching, but it seems doable so far.
I was dreading this course, I dread anything MICB related but I did really well, definitely the highest in any MICB course I have taken. The course is quite different from last year though, because I had a practice midterm and the topics didnt completely match up. In terms of MICB courses, I definitely recommend MICB 306. 302 was a nightmare.
I am integrating nutrition, so this is a mandatory course, and I really enjoy it. Thats saying a lot considering its at 8am in the morning mwf, and there are parts missing in the slide that you only get if you come to class so its not the kind of class to skip. I look crazy and exhausted every class but I’m glad I have only missed one lecture so far this semester. There is definitely a lot of memorization in this course, and its pretty much feels like a biochemistry course. We’ve done digestion/absorption, lipids, and now proteins. I had this midterm the day before MICB, and got the exact same grade on the midterm than I did on MICB. I am shocked at myself that no all nighter has been pulled this year, this is a first for me, smh!
So I loved Germ 100, it was my first A+ at UBC, and I did great in it, still did good in Germ 110. Germ 200 is great, but I get the feeling that theres a lot of people who have a “more than intermediate” background in German. I definitely feel like the worst speaker in class, but putting myself at a lower level makes me work harder, so i’m still glad I took it. Studying for German is way more chill than studying for a Science course. Theres instant gratification when you can understand passages and write out 200 words in German, where as with Science I feel like gratification comes after you’ve graduated and entered this workforce/grad school
I feel like this course is 40% common sense and 60% keeping up. The material makes sense, its not something you gotta read a bunch of times to understand, its pretty straight forward. Shockingly though so far in terms of midterms its been hardest one, just because I felt like I was being rushed. The midterm is 30% and in class and 50minutes. I just felt like as a more conceptual/mathematical less memorization course there wasnt enough time. I will see how it goes!
So its been a pretty chill semester for me, my finals schedule is out and I finish on the very last day! I have no complaints! I’d rather a short break than a crammed finals schedule. Happy Halloween Everybody!
Hello Everyone! Hope everyone had a good summer, this was probably the worst summer I’ve had in a while because I was studying the whole time, more than I do during the school year actually. I took Biol 234 and then Bioc 302 and both were quite intense, or maybe I still wasn’t really used to the fast paced summer format.
Before I get into that, I want to talk about my ER Scribe job because I get a lot of emails about it! Sorry if I haven’t responded to some, my inbox is kind of crazy right now. So the biggest question I get is how did I find out about this job. I found out about it through Pre-Med Society at UBC. When you are in the club you get a lot of volunteer opportunities and I saw this in my email and it caught my eye. Now there are no other real ER Scribe programs in Canada, it’s more big in the States, thats why no one really knows about it here. As far as undergraduate students, there are only 2 of us at the hospital, and that is mostly because as an undergraduate student, your schedule is very limited, so someone with a medical office assistant degree would be ideal. But I luckily obtained the position, and I get the opportunity to see a lot. The ER is filled with a variety of cases, acute cases and more simple cases, it’s definitely a fast paced job. I think ideally a student who may not have gotten into medical school their first try, and have a year off before re-applying this job would be perfect, and the person would be free to work as well as get recommendation letters and experience.
Now as for summer school, I took Biol 234, and I was really worried because I don’t know anyone who has taken the course and liked it. I really do bad with genetics, never quite learned it in Biol 121, but surprisingly I didn’t mind the course. It was heavily based on problem solving and the 3 online quizzes and 3 tutorial quizzes a week made it hard to fall behind. Overall I did better than I expected, still a tricky course, don’t take it unless you have to.
Bioc 302 was a very dense course, its like 2 courses in 1. I was worried because I knew taking it in the summer could go really bad or really good. The first half was with Dr. Maurus, and had like..Nucleic Acids, DNA Replication/Transcription, etc, etc. First lecture was shocking because of all the detail, I used the textbook to just follow along with the diagrams, because most of the slides are figures, so going in the book to read the details on the figure was the most useful part of the book. For this part of the course, tutorials are more important than lecture, to me atleast. Alym was the TA and he was really good, best TA I have had at UBC, doing all the tutorials is great practice for the midterm, as some questions from it or similar questions show up on the midterm. I didn’t do as well as I wanted on the midterm because of stupid mistakes Like literally over-thinking and because it was out of 50 one bad question really brought down my grade. The second section was taught by Dr. Krisinger, and he taught Fatty Acids and Amino Acids. This part of the course is sooo dense, like so much information, the first part doesnt seem so bad when your studying this. He posted all his lectures online, so I noticed the class started to dwindle in size a bit. For his part of the course, I kept up, it was summer and I wasn’t working at the hospital that much, so I had nothing else to do but keep up. By the time the final came, I just re-read, re-wrote, and did the practice exams, and I did much better, probably one of my highest grades on a final exam at UBC. Do not bother with the textbook for this portion, except for doing problem set questions, which I think are overly challenging, but if you have extra time it cant hurt.
So, this school year I have probably the easiest semester I’ve ever had at UBC. I think summer school taught me to be a better student because I learned to use my time very efficiently, I hope I can keep doing that. I am taking:
FNH 350, MICB 306, GERM 200, ECON 310.
Honestly don’t know what to do with myself because this workload seems so chill compared to what I’ve had in the past…but I’m most worried about MICB 306. I noticed with some MICB courses, keeping up is sometimes not enough because of the grading. For FNH 350, the course outline is looking verryyy similar to BIOC 302. So that can’t hurt me, the part I hate is that its an 8am class, only ONE section of this course. Luckily I am on campus this year, but this is primarily a commuter school, some people commute from Surrey, or Richmond. UBC.. leave at least 2 sections available if one is an 8am so there is at least an opportunity to not be stuck with an 8am course. I am not a morning person at all..
Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I blogged, second semester just seemed to fly by really quickly. I am trying to enjoy these few weeks I have of peace before summer school starts. This is actually the first time I have ever done summer school, so I am a little worried about how crammed everything is. I am taking Biol 234, and Bioc 302 this summer. This past semester I took Phyl 301, Anat 391, Germ 110, Isci 350, and Fnh 250.
I didn’t really enjoy this class, I feel like regardless of whether or not you keep up, by final time a lot of that information is gone, the small details at least, and in a course where the small details matter, then you might as well start from scratch when your studying, not really reviewing. The things I studied really well still felt brand new when I was studying for the final. Luckily for the second final I had more time to study, than for the first. I had less than 2 days for that final, and I felt like thats what messed me up the most for the first half of the course. The second final I had 3 days + 1 night. It was also a less stressful exam season so I had a clearer head when I was studying for this final. I gave up on writing EVERYTHING which is what I do to memorize, and what I did for the last final, and just read and read and highlighted. Overall, I didn’t like this course :/ I think its more about the structure (no midterms/quizzes) and less about the material. It made me have second thoughts about medicine, but I enjoyed Anat 391 which is under Faculty of Medicine, so I wont let this class derail me too much.
In retrospect I wish I took Anat 390 instead, everyone says its easier, regardless I really enjoyed this class. Its taught by Dr. A, and he is probably the best professor I have had at UBC. He just teaches the material very well, and I actually feel like I am learning in class. I feel like majority of classes at UBC, atleast science, you don’t learn that much in class, atleast for me. But I felt like he really made things clearer in class, and also made it enjoyable. Funny professor! The material on the other hand, you are pretty much memorizing the entire textbook, like literally, there is so much to memorize it can be overwhelming, but its doable, and its strictly memorization, which is great because during the exam you should be able to feel out what you got. On the midterms I knew my grade exactly when I left by just counting up how many I guessed on, and my guesses are never right, its a either you know it or you don’t class. I wish the structure of Phyl 301 was modeled after Anat 391, with 2 midterms and a final. Or in Phyl 301′s case as yearlong, 4 midterms, 2 finals.
So as some of you know I am integrating nutrition in my integrated sciences major, and I really wish I didn’t take my first nutrition course ONLINE. I got a little lazy this semester and I feel like online courses take another level of determination. I left a lot of things to last minute, I could have done amazingggg in this class if I didn’t let things pile up. Regardless, I enjoyed the material, and everytime I’d read the book, I’d wonder why I didn’t start reading earlier. Compared to Micb books, its such a easy smooth read. And did I mention the final was open book (online only). Regardless I enjoyed the material, I am looking forward to the lectures I will attend for the next nutrition courses I’m taking.
In integrated sciences you have to take 7 credits of ISCI courses, so this was one of the courses I chose, “Darwinian Medicine.” I really enjoyed the class, think I missed one lecture the entire semester and its because my body was too weak for a commute to UBC (any commuters out there, you know what I’m talking about! Thankfully I will be on campus next year). The class was small, and there were assignments every weak, and there are group activities, and a presentation, overall I’d say its one of the more interactive courses I have taken at UBC. I really liked it, I feel like even moreso than Anat 391, I learned a lot just by doing activities, and going to class. One of my favorite classes this semester.
I had a great prof for this course, seems like this was the semester of great profs. She was great (Adelheid O’Brien) and the class was very interactive. I got sick and missed more lectures than I wanted to, but overall it was a good class. I want to leave UBC with a language, so I’m sticking it out and continuing onto the intermediate level (200′s). If the next class is hard, in that case I’m moving onto swedish! :)
So this summer I am taking Biol 234, Bioc 302, and on top of that studying for the MCATS! I really postponed this because I’m scared to not do amazing like I need to. I wish wish wish I just studied last summer when I wasn’t taking summer school. I am working, taking summer school, and studying for MCATS so this summer is going to be rough! I want to be on a schedule by Mid May, and right now I’m just getting my study materials together, choosing which books to get, etc. I will blog about how MCAT studying is going, and summer school is going. Biol 234 scared me because I tend to do badly in courses that start with a “Biol.” So thats why I left it to the summer, dont want a Biol 204 nightmare. And Bioc 302 I am also scared of, because a lot of people seem to fail this course, apparently its worse than Ochem, but Ochem wasnt that bad when you look back so I don’t know what to expect. I have a few friends in Bioc 302, so hopefully that helps. Going to be a busy summer, hope everyone is enjoying their break so far
Hey Everyone, Hope you all had a great break. I never did a review of courses I took last sen so here:
Probably my favourite course this semester, and I was expecting it to be the worse. I had Yew Lim, and I really liked him as a prof. Even though it seemed like he went fast he explained things really clearly to me. I went to about 95% of lectures and for a 9AM class I didn’t think that’d be possible for me. The labs were straight forward too, and between clickers, lab, and online quizzes there are a lot of free points. The first midterm was hard, it was in the morning so I pulled an allnighter (smh) but I got an A so it was worth it. The only thing thats annoying is that the other section has a midterm different than ours, and much easier, our class average was like 64, and the other class average was 78. Apparently they scale our class up and the other class would get scaled down. All I know is that with my final mark in the class I didn’t see any scaling…makes me wish I stayed in the later section that I was in initially, but then again I liked the teaching style of Professor Lim better. All in all a good class, I tend to get sidetracked midway and the online quizzes forced you to keep up.
This course is supposed to be really interesting but I haven’t been interested during any lectures. During the first 4 weeks I was really into everything, and keeping up, and then I kind of just fell off the material if that makes sense. I think its the fact that theres no midterm, no quizzes (no that one 2.5% quiz doesn’t count really..), no clickers. I didn’t realize there was solo much memorization until the final, and I was pretty behind. A lot of people spent the full 5 days after the last day of classes and the Phyl Final to study, but I didn’t. I used the last week of classes to study Phyl, and then started studying for Stats since it was my first final. I regret this because I know Stats, and worst case scenario I can BS and still do well because its math at the end of the day. Spent so much time making a cheat sheet for Stats that I didn’t use on the final. So anyways I was done Stats and used the day to review Phyl, but the stuff I’d reviewed the week before (Neurophysio mostly) was all gone, it was pretty bad. I’m glad its a year long course otherwise I’d be really sad about my grade. Especially since the final was really easy, just had no time. As of this semester it is my first priority course, going to do a study group thing to help keep up.
This course I found really interesting, and its a lot of memorization, but its interesting so it sticks easier. My favourite part of the course was the material, since I work at a hospital a lot of the case studies were things I’d seen so it was cool to see the relevance of what I’m studying in real life. Now heres what I didn’t like.. So I feel like this course is a third year level course, but that its desperately trying to be a weeder course. If I keep up with a course and study like crazy and don’t do phenomenal on a midterm i don’t give up but i do start slacking a bit. The first midterm grading I was like wow they are grading really harsh, damn. Like I answered all the questions confidently, but the smallest things you lose marks. I feel like this class is part memorization/learning and part luck. Your lucky if you wrote what they wanted, your unlucky if you answered differently. My first midterm went way better than my second, which I expected since I didn’t keep up as much. Regardless this is the type of stuff that just isn’t right, Micb 302 needs to be multiple choice, even if its tricky multiple choice I prefer that to writing everything I know and losing marks over random irrelevant stuff like this
aren’t organs made of tissues though…. like I said I would have loved this course if it was multiple choice, or even mc and short answer alternating.
Regardless of the technical issues, in terms of material I liked it wayyyyyy better than Phyl 301, and would actually recommend it, go to the tutorials, keep up, and go to class, the clickers are 10%! So there are some free marks to get.
Actually this was my true favourite class. It’s my first time taking a language since French in high school, and I was nervous because of the kids in the class who knew more than Beginners German. Regardless the pace of the class was really good, I actually learned from the teacher more than the textbook [this has never happened at UBC for me…], and it’s also fun to know a language. I already planned on taking it till the 300 level, and I definitely will after this class. There are a lot of free marks to get from German if you try: attendance, quizzes, online quizzes. I really loved our teacher too her name is Eszter Lazlo, she was really good and fair. The practice midterms were literally another form of the real midterm. It wasn’t a million times easier than the real midterm [unlike some other courses eg. stats 200, micb302, the list goes on] It was my highest grade at UBC ever, safe to say I don’t think I’ll ever see another A+ on my transcript till I graduate, unless Germ 110 goes well, fingers crossed!
And what am I taking next semester? Germ 110, Phyl 301, Anat 391, Fnh 250, Isci 350
ALSO I get a lot of emails from people to send them practice midterms, finals, etc. I got a new laptop this year so all that stuff is in my old laptop thats turned to crap. It’ll take me a while to get all the files out but I will have a post with everything I have on there.
ALSO I am selling my Stats 200 textbook if anyone is interested, bought it last semester. And I am interested in buying FNH 250 if anyone has it.
I can’t believe its already been 2 weeks since school started, this semester really seems to be going super fast! This year is different for me because I’m working, and I’ve become more efficient overall to make up for the time I lose. I remember wasting a lot of weekends last year, and I’m too scared to do that at this point. I am officially in Integrated Sciences in Microbiology and Immunology and Nutritional Sciences. I’m going to go through the process in its entirety (I’m still getting some things sorted), but I want to turn it into an honors degree. To help my application for grad/med school, and because based on how UBC has certain courses restricted to only one semester I have to drag it till the following year, so why not make the most out of my time and pursue an honors. I’ll see how it goes. This semester I am taking Phyl 301, Micb 302, Stats 200, Germ 100, and Isci 300. My first impressions after 2nd week are below:
Why in the world did I buy that textbook. Besides that, the course is a battlefield, I feel like explaining the 5 minutes before the beginning of this class requires it’s own post. If you thought you’ve seen crazy at UBC you haven’t till you try and get a good seat in the 11am Phyl 301. People are literally throwing bags rows away from them in the effort to get a seat, hoping over bars and multiple rows of seats, arguing over how many seats to save. Yes I have already got told off for saving ONE seat, I let him win and keep the seat, and what happened right after, he saved the seat beside him. The main problem with the seating issue is that there is an Anat course right before Phyl 301. Now a lot of those kids are in Phyl 301, so they don’t move, they stay where they are, so then everyone coming in is like in a way competing for the seats that are left. The prof doesn’t assign readings (well this one at least, there are more to come) and it makes the lectures all the more important. Each lecture has so much information, that being in the nosebleed seats really isn’t the best. The class has like 600 students, there are 2 overflow rooms, and they have the option to facetime the prof a question on ipad should they need one. Thats new! Overall, I’m understanding everything so far, I think my job has actually turned me into a really good notetaker in class, I can catch information faster, write faster, and use abbreviations I learned while working. I will also talk about my job more, because I get a lot of questions about it.
Constantly a lecture behind no matter how hard I try, there is just too much information. I feel like 2 weeks of Micb 202 is in one week of Micb 302. The course is fine, the professor is great, there’s just a whole lot of information. This year the changed the textbook, and I really don’t like it. The book goes in circles, brings up a topic and seems to finalize that topic and move on to something else then bring up the other topic and adds more random stuff. Like I wish it’d bring up a topic like inflammation, and say everything, every receptor, every protein and molecule that participates, but it comes up every chapter with different jargon, and this would be fine if this were multiple choice, but since the midterms are more short-answer I want clarity so I can be clear with my answers. I wouldnt dare to cram this course so I’m trying to be really thorough and keep up. I’m a lecture behind, but thats not bad, I don’t mind staying that way, because she always ends up telling us in lecture :ignore this and that in the book, I’m glad I didn’t read all the intricacies of the complement system before she said that. I also notice that going to lecture, getting a solid idea then reading works well for this course, for me at least, this usually isnt the case. This year they made the change to have 2 midterms, one is in 2 weeks and worth 20% the one after is 30%. I guess because students from last year complained about having a 50% midterm. And I wonder if you always want what you can’t have, because now I’m thinking I’d like to go crazy studying for this one midterm and get 50% out of the way, but sometimes I’m studying and I’m relieved there are 2 midterms in case this one goes bad. I’m never really great at short answer exams. I can understand a concept all the way, all the steps, but not give them exactly what they want and lose marks all over the place. I hope there are practice midterms, so I can work on this.
I have a fear of probability, it’s just something I never got, so I was worried about Statistics. I was initially in a 2pm section, and had a class in Buchanan right before my Stats course (in EEB) and I would always come and the class would be full and I’d have to sit on the ground. I am a horrible horrible morning person, but I had to make the decision to have a seat every class and give my full attention, so I switched to the 9am section which is half empty ( I’m pretty sure a lot of 9am people sleep in and thats why the 2pm section is always full). I prefer the professor who I’m with now, he goes fast sometimes but explains things in the most simple way that I can actually get all the clicker questions, and understand everything before reading the book, this was shocking for me. So far, this course is going well.
Iknew while at UBC I needed to do a language, because it’s just something you can really carry with you after you graduate, and it seems like a straight forward arts elective that doesn’t include countless essays. I was worried about this course because people warned me there will be students who slyly get into the course, and have experience with German, when it’s a beginner course. And of course, some students have shown they know more than they should, someone actually said ‘oh yeah I took German courses…[see my expression]…yeah wasn’t that serious though yaah.’ I decided to stay because I still want to learn the language, I’m enjoying it so far. I actually had thoughts of switching out but I’d already taken the wrapper off my book which was nearly 200 dollars so…decided to stay, I’m glad I did now. There is memorization but once you take a course like CLST 301, memorization isn’t a real problem. The class is straight forward, so far, the prof is very friendly and organized, I’m trying to make it through to the 200 levels and leave UBC able to carry conversations.
This is a seminar for Integrated Sciences students. It’s pass/fail, so I plan to show up, take what I can from the course, and learn some new topics. I’ve never taken a pass/fail course so I’m still unsure how it works, but the professor seems nice so far.
Yes I am working as an ER Scribe, it’s the first time I’m working while going to school, so I’ve become more aware of how I spend my time, I’m actually using my planner now, and it’s been a very eye-opening experience. You can google it to see the basic information, but I’m sure duties slightly differ everywhere. It’s the only program of its kind in Canada so far, so that in itself is cool, you get to work with doctor’s and see what they do every shift, it’s really interesting seeing the things you read in a book in front of you. I think I’ve said this before but the only thing thats ever made me cringe was the person who chainsawed their fingers off by accident, other than that nothing really grosses me out. I saw a stomach get drained the other day, and I literally could not believe how much fluid came out, it filled up like two medium sized bags. You’d think being the oldest of 6 I’ve seen an ultrasound done of a baby but I haven’t and the first time I saw that was really nice. I’m still clueless about ultrasounds, a lot of time it looks like a blob, but I’ve actually spotted gall bladder stones, and things like that, and I would probably think it was blobs on a screen a few months ago, so it is a learning experience in a way. And now I’m kind of understanding why they are adding Psychology to the MCATs. For night shifts, you can already imagine the amount of drunk passed out/belligerent people that come in, but in the whole 4 months atleast the shifts I’ve worked, there has only been one Code White and it was cancelled. Overall, it’s been a very rewarding experience working at the ER, I will definitely continue blogging about my experiences there. :)
It has been so long since I blogged, I realize I tend to blog when I want a little rant and I haven’t had any rant moments this summer. But I have got a lot of emails about the ER Scribe job I currently have so I’ll answer all of those, but give a quick UBC update. So I have pretty much finalized with myself, because I am such an indecisive person which is why I keep changing my mind about majors! I just want something doable, yet something that interests me. If you’ve read my blog for a while now, you know I was biology, then I transitioned into CMS and then I debated CMS and Integrated Sciences. I really liked my transition between biology to CMS because of the flexibility. Biology is a great program and suits some people, but it doesn’t suit me. CMS and Integrated Sciences offers the flexibility I want, and is a smaller program which is always good. So I pretty much decided this summer that Integrated Sciences was for me, and I started off wanting to Integrate Microbiology & Immunology and Physiology. But it seemed too heavy for me, and didn’t really capture what I want to do in the future.
I want to go to medical school, and I’d also like to go to third-world countries at some point and do relief work and help with the health in different communities….all I know is at some point I want to go to probably Africa and help with the nutrition, vaccinations, and techniques to limit disease. Based on all of this, I finally decided that an Integrated Sciences major tying Nutrional Sciences and Microbiology would be optimal for me. I haven’t had my complete application approved yet, apparently its a long process…but a process I’m willing to deal with because I really want to do this major. For the major you have to pretty much set up a plan, course by course, fitting in all of the Faculty of Science requirements as well as Integrated science requirements, and this part is what took me the longest. Based on my plan it looks like I’ll be done at UBC December 2014 instead of June 2014, only because certain courses were only available first semester and I can’t do it second semester and be done June 2014. It’s things like that, that made the planning such a hassle, I think if I’ll be stuck till December I might as well make it an honors degree and add a few credits I’ll have to talk to the advisor about that. Anyways! I will be posting my schedule for next year when I’ve finalized it, I should post it within a week. It may change a little bit if the Insc people dont like some course selections but I’m pretty certain of what I’m taking. Since MCAT studying didn’t go quite as I planned this summer (that story is for another day) I’m gonna get a little headstart with some courses, especially Phyl 301 which seems like a semi-nightmare.
Now on to my job. I started my position as an ER Medical Scribe this summer, and it’s been a really great experience. I’ve seen so many different patients and cases from mild to quite serious. I think the coolest thing I’ve seen so far is the doctor stick a tube into a patients chest to reinflate the lung (atleast thats what I think he was doing). Nonetheless, very cool to see. One thing I am certain of now is that I’m not grossed out by blood, weird bodily functions, pretty much anything cringe-worthy I’m not grossed out by. I already kind of knew this, but now I’m certain. Someone emailed me that my blog came up when they searched ER Scribe Vancouver, which is pretty cool, just goes to show how new this is in Canada. Also impressed that they were looking it up, as I didn’t know about being an ER scribe until I saw the email from Pre Med Society. I did a little FAQ below that covers most of the questions I’ve been getting.
1. How did you find out about the position?
Through pre-med society at UBC. It’s quite funny to me how everyone and their moms wants to do med school at UBC yet such a small amount of people are part of pre med society. Anyways, join!
2. Where can I get more information about the program?
Well I’m in the first ER scribe program in Canada, so I assume there isn’t much information out there. Before I had my interview I looked up the job in the states, and it’s pretty much the same duties. So google! If better resources for information become available, I’ll definitely put it on here.
3. How are the hours?
Well all the scribes have a doctor they primarily work with and you show up when the doctor comes, so that could be a normal morning/day shift, or it could be an evening/night shift. The night shifts take getting used to, but their actually my favorite because I’m naturally a night person.
4. Can I get into the program?
As far as I know there are more doctors wanting scribes, so there likely will be opportunities, look out for it, sorry I can’t give a more specific answer.
5. What exactly do you do?
I follow my doctor with patient’s chart and write down the past medical history, subjective, and objective (physical exam), as well as a few miscallaneous tasks.
6. How long is training?
I’m sure this differs, I think I was done training after 6-8 shifts with each shift being 8 hours, somewhere around there.
As for all the people who wanted me to email them with more details, I will be getting to that very soon. Also, apparently blog squad is going to be featuring only first year bloggers, I’m not sure, but bookmark my blog should that happen Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
Trees outside my place. I love Vancouver weather in the summer.
1) GET MY LICENSE! I actually turned 20 recently and its pretty pathetic that I don’t have my license yet. My family moved around a lot, so I didn’t bother starting the process, and then I went to UCLA, and was on campus 98% of the time so why bother, and now I’m at UBC where the public transportation is ridiculously good, you guys don’t realize how good it is. It’s better than Toronto, San Francisco, and LA, seriously. And UBC hit me sideways in terms of difficulty..so keeping up academically became my sole priority. Now I realize how important it is to have one, having it as ID is good, and its better to get it out of the way now than later. So I am officially starting the process this summer. It’s just so much easier to do it in the states so I wasn’t worried, now I hear its a long process involving several different types of licenses here in Vancouver..so I’m not excited for that.
2) GET FIT! I don’t care about health during the school year to be honest, and how people in Vancouver run in the rain outside…is beyond me! I don’t want to get that serious, just buy better food, and exercise, but things I enjoy like walking and playing tennis. I remember playing tennis every week for a whole summer once. Now the last time I was in a gym I actually fell asleep lol..so it’s good to engage in things I enjoy.
3) Save money!
4) Read as much personal books(as in not assigned) as I can, I love to read and need to take advantage of this time that I have. I read series, and want to catch up on all of those, then just dive in, and start looking for book ideas on amazon…I can’t wait! There goes that inner nerd coming out.
5) Explore Vancouver. People always bring up certain places, and I’m like ‘never been there.’ I’m a homebody lol, snuggling up to movies and sour patches >> going out to some park. But I can’t live in the most ‘liveable’ city and not go see it, so I need to check out more places in Vancouver.
6) Deal with UBC ‘stuff’. Also known as, finalizing courses, this isn’t the time to take courses I don’t need, I actually want to be out of UBC in 4.5 years max… So if that means Integrated Sciences major, I have to go to UBC, see an advisor, set up the courses asap. If that means Combined Major, I have to just set up my courses, and make sure it’s not too heavy since I’ll be working. Hoping I can maneuver my schedule to have at least one full open day during the week of no class.
As for my job, I’ve only worked 3 shifts so far..but I’ve learned so much! In terms of getting medical experience to apply for med school, I feel like this owns doing research on so many levels. Research was something I wanted to do, for the sake of it, and because its what everyone else seems to do that gets into medical school. Based on my paranoia in chem 235, thinking I was one second from blowing something up every 2 seconds, I think it’s clear I don’t belong in a lab, at least not for long periods of time I’m so glad this opportunity fell in my lap. I’m learning about different drugs, seeing how the doctor makes diagnoses, seeing first hand the interaction between doctor and patient. Its like shadowing with more responsibilities. First ER Scribe program in Canada right now, but I have a feeling it will spread to other hospitals eventually. Anyways, hope everyone is enjoying their summer! :)
Second semester was about 10x better than first. During the later part like early April, I got the flu! And I had never had the flu before so when I was on my bed feeling like the world was on fire, I was really confused/scared/pissed. Mostly pissed because I missed the Blog Squad Party, and because I couldn’t study for my IHHS final and catchup with Micb like I planned. I ended up sleeping a lot before my final, doing most of the reading like 3 hours before the final, and managed to remember everything luckily. But That was very annoying. I am now done my finals though, all five of them Reviews are below.
Going in order of finals, and this was my first one, it was actually on the last day of school. And I had the flu still, so it wasn’t fun the night before. Now I took this course to lighten the coursework. It’s pretty much a small class, my class had 50 kids, and its more on the gpa bumping side when it comes to difficulty. I took this class for a reason, but it also turned out to be very interesting. We watched videos (which I love, cause if you know me I watch a lottt of tv, and things I watch stick). A lot of the lectures seemed more conversational, like we really got to know the prof. As for the structure, its midterm, paper, participation, and final. Now you can replace the midterm with volunteering, so thats a free 25% and then participation, and he said he is lenient with the paper, and the final was straight forward mostly. So there you go, I expect a 90+ and nothing less than 86, 80s im guessing i completely effed up something im unaware of. I advise this class to someone who wants to go to an interesting class every other morning, and not worry about doing poorly. Technically you have no obligation to write notes for the first half of the course if you dont plan on taking the midterm, since the final isn’t cumulative…yet the way some girls would violently write, knowing they werent doing the midterm shocked me. Like really…? *sideeye* Anyways, great class, AMAZING prof, as I’ve stated before, and I’m hoping to do IHHS 300 next year, wish I could minor in it but not available at UBC.
Still shaking my head at this course, which I had the most time to prep for..sorta, but managed to just screw up. I didn’t care about the course too much going in, because the final was 70%, so I’m like, my midterm means nothing, and the quizzes are 15% im set either way, just gotta go nuts with the final. I ended up doing good on the midterm, and getting 95+ on quizzes, so I was going in solid. I had a day in between microbio and chem, and I was majorly behind in MICB, so I spent a lot of time reading instead of doing chem, by the time I was doing chem, it was too last minute, and I know I need time to be efficient. I finished the problem sets, and I slept 6 hours that night (big mistake, shoulda done an allnigter) and during that final, there were many uncertainties, when I know its the kind of class where your just like ok do x, get y, do z get whatever. Like I was unsure of some steps, and I changed answers on a few things, so I just dont know how it went. Coulda went great, could have went horrible. Thing I thought would be hard (Spectroscopy) turned out to be the easiest. Probably the most ignored course this semester, wondering if my grade shows it..
Favorite class this term. Immunology was a great introduction into the course, the topics were actually interesting. Sometimes I feel like I am mindlessly memorizing, but the topics of this course were too interesting to not reflect. I felt very prepared for the midterm, and got the average, 78, which was disappointing, but also showed how smart the kids in Microbio are wow (most of the class is I can assume..microbiology students). After reading week, I pretty much stopped my routine, there are a lot of factors that contributed to this, but before I know it, Micb readings piled up, luckily I read Bacterial Diseases, but I still wasn’t even halfway of Virology when finals started. Regardless of me stressing and cramming, the material was great, the final was good, some sneaky tricks, but what else can you expect from UBC Science. I ended up remembering things I did a long time ago(weeks-months) better than things I did 1 to 3 days before, I’ll make sure to keep this in mind for next year. Overall I think I did well. Because I left Biology (best decision of my life) this course was what I pretty much chose. I chose it over Micb 201, and I’m glad because Micb 201 seems like such a bore. I think I disliked Bio program so much because it felt more like Animal Biology than Human, and of course the way exams are structured. There are 3 different profs for this course to teach the 3 different sections. Immunology was my favorite, Virology the easiest, and Bacterial Diseases the most straight forward but long.
I took this course as part of the whole Combined Major scheme, and switched out of CPSC, probably ended up being a good decision. There are 2 midterms, one 15%, and one 20%, two labs each 10%, and a final 45%. I studied hard for the first midterm, did really well, slacked for the second and did not so great. The class is online, so the midterms are open book, but timed. And trust me, doesn’t matter if you have everything typed on a word doc and your fingers are glued to CTRL-F, it just doesn’t work out. Luckily the labs are not timed, so its easier to do well. The final isn’t open book, so this can be a huge jump if your used to the online midterms and labs being open book to suddenly being expected to memorize everything. I pulled an allnighter for this final, well I slept 2 hours, survived on digestive crackers, coffee, and pepsi. The final was a 7pm final, so I slept 5am-7am that night, and blazed on till 6:30pm and walked to the final. It went well, it was 50% multiple choice, which I killed, I kind of like multiple choice I’m seeing that now, big change from high school. There was fill in the blank, and I know I got 8/10 on that, and the last part was just explaining some aspect of a nautolid shell…but one of the things I memorized, so I’m feeling good about this class, glad I switched in.
Last final I took! You can imagine, I was ecstatic when I finished this, well not too ecstatic, I had a day to study between this final and Eosc, and had maybe 2 days before eosc. Overall, I felt time was thin for this final, and I under-estimated how much time I would need (i always do this). People pace when they are nervous, I write out a schedule, to almost assure myself, things can get done. I think I gave myself 2 hours for each problem set, and somehow it dragged onto 4 hours, so at that point I knew, I’m not sleeping for this final (12pm). I really liked Bingle, but ended up skipping a lot of the later classes because of at first just tiredness, but then when I got sick, I didn’t go. I’m hoping I luckily still get all my clicker marks. The final was better than I thought it’d be, I thought itd be some mindcrunching, confusing, tricky headache, but I was going really slow, managed to finish, and even understood the part I thought I wouldn’t. So I’m excited to see my grade for this class as well, won’t be as high as I wanted I’m sure, but still higher than like 4/5 of my classes last semester…smh.
OVERALL: Best semester yet, around a 20% jump from last semester to this semester is my guess. Last Year it was a 6% jump between semesters, so I don’t know what it is with me and first semester. It might be the weather, weather affects your mood, and the weather is very depressing first semester. Not sure, but I hope the good grades, continue I need to work hard the next 2-3 years to rejuvenate my average so I have a chance at med school.
ALSOOOO some good news on the side, that I will elaborate on later –> got a job for the summer and onward, at a hospital. I will be part of the first ER Scribe program in Canada (and its limited in the States), if you want to know some of what they do google it :). I will be doing training first, and need to go read a Medical Terminology for Dummies book (cens 202 will definitely help) but I am so excited. Having that firsthand experience and exposure is priceless!
…was awesome! Not academic wise, i got nothing done. But I did volunteer at an elementary school in the east-side of Vancouver, and it was great. It wasn’t what I had anticipated I didn’t know the volunteers would be in the class the whole day for 3 days, pretty much following a lesson plan created by our group leader. And a lot of times we would have extra time, and it was fun to kind of think on the spot, and think of a game or activity for the students. I taught grade 4/5 students, the experience was so great, the kids were so awesome. Kids are really smart! I wish I had their memory, these kids memorized things from day 1 that we taught that I couldn’t remember. I will be going to volunteer hopefully once school is over, it’d be fun to go back.
Now because I had to be up early every day, I couldn’t stay up late. This was a problem for me, because I study better at night, its weird but when I studied for all my midterms I was studying hardest like 2am to 7am and then i’d sleep and wake up 2-3 hours before my midterm(they were all evening midterms), Bio 201 was 7-9 and this worked really well for me because this has been my best “midterm season” since I got to this school. I think the key difference is that I got 6 hours before every midterm too. Now, the only midterm grade I didn’t have after reading week was Biol 201, or Biochem. And it showed up on vista, and I was so scared, because its a whopping 35%, a huge chunk of my grade. I felt like I did well on the midterm but its usually safe to deduct 10 to 15% from what you ‘think’ you got. And when I saw my grade my first thought was like “what happened!” Because it was really low. Like were the ta’s grading crazy, did I screw up somewhere, what happened! This was the first midterm grade that was bad, and below average (I later found out the average was 72). So this depressed me so much, like how come I’m below the majority after studying 3 days straight. I didn’t study much for like 4 days after this, I guess I went into a bad funk if that makes sense. You know how it is! Those days you try to study and its just not working out and you just sleep and fall more and more behind…-_- Well anyways I signed up to view my midterm to see ‘just where it all went wrong’ And I looked through it. Biol 201 TAs are real cruel about a few things…if you went to see your midterm please tell me you agree! Like I’ll have the right idea completely, know exactly what I’m talking about, for a few questions the answer key and my answer were almost verbatum… and then i’d add the word “better” as in… “creating a stronger nucleophile would lead to a better attack..yada” instantly because of the word ‘better’ -1. Apparently its redundant and makes it seem like I don’t understand what nucleophiles do *sighhhhhh* And because i repeated myself in different words another -1. But nothing I said was incorrect, a few redundant statements maybe, but I’ve never been a great writer! I BSed my way through English 110. So it annoys me that I lost most of my marks on trivial things like that. I guess I know now how things are, so when the final comes around, I know to really pay attention to how I am writing, and to keep it simple. BUT THATS NOT EVEN THE CRAZY PART. So I accepted the grading, and decided to just add up the marks before I left, I did and my heart literally dropped. Because the number on my calculator was 10% higher. I re-calculated, same thing. Then I gave it to my prof to make sure I wasn’t crazy, and he got the same number I did, and there you go, now my grade makes more sense! I’m ok with it, I still want to improve for the final, but WHAT A RELIEF. This was 35% , and a 10% increase goes a long way. THANK GOD I added it up, before I left sheesh. This just goes to show how important it is to look at your midterm over, TAs aren’t computers and don’t think for any reason your midterm won’t be the one they screw up on.
This will be a short entry, I want a break from studying for my Biol 201 Midterm. It’s like an “exam,” its 35% and 2 hours long..and I haven’t kept up, so I am just taking the next 3 days to ignore every other course…and focus lol. As for my other classes, well I don’t “go” to chem 205, because it’s actually pointless to me, I’d rather sleep and have the energy to study for the course. That sounds like such a bad excuse, but this new prof writes on the board so I will go now. But we got our midterms back, I am fine with my grade. It’s above average, I wish it was as high as my chem 123 midterm, but that multiple choice… in the long haul, I only lost a few percents, so I’m good. Micb 202 grade should be out by Friday latest, i feel like I did good, but at UBC you just never know! I feel like this has been my most chill semester since I’ve been here, like I sleep more, eat more, chill more..lol. This new major is what I needed! Freedom! I’m hoping to pull my average up like 15% from last semester (it was that bad…) and it’s veryy possible with my elective.
I took my Eosc midterm last night, so annoying. I didn’t read till the day before (WHY!) and it’s online but clearly I didn’t know my stuff well enough. I got a B, and thats fine, it’s just one of those classes you know damn well you could get an A. My first midterm went too well, and I figured this one would too, this just goes to show, ALWAYS BE SCARED. AlWAYS think you’ll fail, that way you prepare for the worst, and you’ll be prepared. So, I want to stop being comfortable, I should hang up my Bio 204 midterm from last semester in my room as motivation of what can happen if you get comfortable lol. Back to Biol 201 studying ! -_-