Saturday, 8 October 2011

Exam done

It seems to have become the norm that I take a week or two's break from blogging or reading/commenting on other people's blogs pretty much every time I post, and I'm sorry. I did have a reason though: a massive exam today. I believe I mentioned it a while ago, basically it was all practical, with minimal preparation time, and it counted for a quarter of my entire year's mark.

Strangely, I wasn't feeling nervous when I woke up this morning to go and sit it. I get this thing where my mind feels clear and I really don't feel anxious at all, but my hands are shaking and my heart's beating really fast. Obviously I really am terrified, but my mind does a pretty good job of pretending otherwise. It suits me fine though, because although I probably look a wreck to anyone else, I can still speak clearly, which is definitely a plus for these sorts of exams.

The day really didn't get off to a good start - it was pouring with rain so I was soaked when I got to the venue, we were told to arrive at 10am but they were running late so I had to sit there nervously talking to the other people sitting it for about another hour, and then I only got half my allotted perusal time because of - I don't even really know, probably an accidental oversight due to everyone running behind time. The guy in charge of moving people from station to station did give me a Mentos though, which was nice.

It all went pretty quickly after that. Despite the huge amount of my mark it was worth, the exam was only five stations of 10 minutes each. Each station is pass/fail (0% or 5%), and I did great on two of them, decently on another two, and poorly on one - I had to talk to a patient for 6 minutes, come to a diagnosis, and present it. That should've been fine, but the patient was vague and I came up with something stupid. I'm allowed to fail one station and still pass overall though, so that's alright, and I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll pass.

Now I get to look forward to finals in a few weeks! Looks like I won't be taking it easy for a while. At least after that I'll get two months off.

Just so this post isn't entirely just me blogging about my life: what shows are you watching this season?  I haven't seen any myself yet, although I've got the first episodes of Fate/Zero and Persona 4 sitting on my hard disk waiting to be watched. I'm also planning to check out Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai and Mirai Nikki. There's a few others I may be interested in such as Chihayafuru, Guilty Crown and Un-Go, but I might wait to see how well they're received first. I also downloaded all the currently released episodes of Penguindrum. People seem to think it's a decent show, and the OP is sung by Yakushimaru Etsuko, so that makes it worth a watch if you ask me.

I still have a handful of Vocaloid albums I want to blog about, so I might try to get another post up in a few days. I've got a bit of a backlog of blogs to read, so I'm going to go get started on that.


  1. I hope it all turns out well, it sounds like you're trying to become a doctor or something. That's so admirable.

    Chihayafuru and Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi 2 seem to be very good so far. Don't forget Shana III / (Final) either.

  2. I'm not sure on what you're studying but it does sound admirable. There's a lot to watch this season so it's okay to be backlogged for now.

  3. I'm gonna say as well that it's admirable what you're studying.

    >What shows are you watching this season

    Actually, I haven't even watched anything last season, and a few series left from the season before that. Hmm...

  4. >admirable

    While I appreciate the sentiment, the reason I'm reluctant to mention that I study medicine is because people often make it out to be more than it is.

    As I mentioned in another comment, I'm definitely picking up Chihayafuru. I haven't watched the earlier Shana series, are they worth getting into?

  5. I'm sure you did great on the test. It's funny how nerves work when it comes to tests.

    I've been taking a break from anime, so I'll be focusing on finishing the series from last season before starting anything new.