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...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
One down, two to go....
I crossed myself before I walked into the Pathology final exam this morning. I'm not Catholic. I don't care. "Trust in the LORD with all thy heart, and lean not on thine own understanding." And I put in my time. I really did. So I opened the door and stepped in with the beginnings of a migraine (caffeine intake high, stress levels even higher) and a bottle of Benadryl in my bag. For after the exam, so I wouldn't zone out.
Lowene handed out the exams. 150 choose-one-best multiple choice questions. There were pictures on the front page, and I almost quit right then. Pictures? I didn't study pictures.
Deep breath. It's okay, there were pictures on the practise exams, and you did fine. These are even in colour.
I didn't need the pictures. Crystal-clear clinical histories. Lab results. Answers that had to be both correct or both incorrect. I did the math. At 2/3 of a point per question, I could miss 30 and get an 80. An 80% on the final...would be better than I'd gotten on any Pathology lecture exam this semester. A pipe dream. Best shoot to pass, and count on my autopsy report to make it.
I finished before anyone else. I went back through it, meticulously, just to make sure. When I was done the second time, so was half the class. I circled the questions I wasn't sure on. I counted them. 33. A 78%. Good enough to dredge my score up to passing for the semester. I just wanted a 75%. 78 would be wonderful.
Turned it in. Went to the lab. Answered Scott's question. Hands shaking, stomach knotting. Went back to see.
I stick my head in the door, around the little partition. Lowene looks up. "Nykki! I have to give you a hug..." My heart fell like a rock. A hug? Was it that bad? And before I could collapse, she went on. "...you nailed it."

Not only did I pass, I had nothing to worry about with that pass. I can't stop smiling. I can't believe it. Hallelu.

now feeling:: ecstatic ecstatic

10 whispers echo . o O ( ... ) O o . whisper a word
daimones From: daimones Date: May 2nd, 2003 10:37 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
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Go nykki!Go nykki!Go!

(you, like me, worry too much. ;P)
gamerchick From: gamerchick Date: May 2nd, 2003 11:15 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Congratulations! I always knew you'd do awesome. (c:
eustacio From: eustacio Date: May 2nd, 2003 11:24 am (UTC) (etched in stone)

*hugs* Congrats!
piyaneeiyan From: piyaneeiyan Date: May 2nd, 2003 11:35 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
*snugs* That's wonderful! Congrats!
zecular From: zecular Date: May 2nd, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Well done, m'lady-love.

You will make a fine doctor.
piccolopixie From: piccolopixie Date: May 2nd, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
*tacklesnuggles!* Way to go! Congrats! I knew you'd do just fine. :)
From: clypheous Date: May 2nd, 2003 03:40 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)

Way to go.

Congratulations nykki, thanks for proving me right about you. :)

Have a great weekend.
loonyatcbh From: loonyatcbh Date: May 2nd, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)


You're brilliant. Yay for you!
From: cyrstiall Date: May 2nd, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)


Congratsies Sweetie. *grins and pokes your ever so smart brains*
wintercolours From: wintercolours Date: May 3rd, 2003 12:12 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Oh, god. I'd cry if I ever saw that on a law school exam. Congrats!
10 whispers echo . o O ( ... ) O o . whisper a word