May 21st, 2003

Nescafe rabbit

Dear God:

I've studied. I've tried. I've finally, with a lot of work and a lot of prayer, got this concentration thing down.
Tomorrow is the exam that determines the direction of my life. I have to pass it to continue in school, to keep my scholarships from defaulting, to be allowed to work in the position I so desperately want.
I just have to pass.

I've studied, I have. I've tried. All I need now is a little bit of help.
Help me to remember the things I've worked so hard at learning. Help me not to lose my cool. Help me to dredge from the forgotten corners of my mind the facts that have enabled me to pass everything thus far.

And dear God...help me to make it through.


8:30 AM. IPFW, Kettler Hall. Confirmed. Bag packed. Notecards, review books in the bag for lunchtime scanning.
AMDG:
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God.
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Nescafe rabbit

Credo in unum deum.

Thanks to all for all the good thoughts this morning.
Arrived 0810, after wandering around the student centre, forgetting that it wasn't Kettler. Welcome staff were friendly and smiling. It was as good a welcome as I could have expected.
Had trouble with the dry-erase markers; I went through at least 6.
1200: Broke for lunch after 4 sections.
1530: Finished exam and exited.


It was rough, no denying that. There were 2 moderately easy blocks, 2 extremely tough blocks, and 3 blocks in the middle. It jumped around, so the second-to-last block was the second-easiest; the last was hard.
Quotient of Things I'd Never Seen: low.
Quotient of "oh, shit, I don't remember that": moderate.
Best estimate: I would say probably better than half of the questions, I knew the answer to with an 80-95% certainty. Of the remainder, I can anticipate getting half of them right if I was guessing at all accurately. That would pass me. That would be really nice.

I'll tell you all as soon as I know. But it's over with; I'm done. IUSM has a 95% pass rate. Our centre has almos 100%. I should be fine. No more worries, no more studying.

Although Barth did mention that my doc I'll be working with did a fellowship in diabetes, so I should probably brush up on it. Hmm.
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To share a list...

The BBC published their list of 100 best books according to British readers. Boldface are the ones I've read. No commentary included this time.
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There are several more I've read excerpts from or started and decided I just couldn't stand the style. Dickens comes to mind. But not so bad - and my to-read list has some of these on it as well.
Nescafe rabbit

A foggy day...

Beginning to feel inspired regarding Doubly Dead. Now if tomorrow goes well, perhaps I'll write it. Part of my problem is, though, that I don't know where the story will go. I've never successfully planned a story in my life. The closest I've ever come to it is in the stories I dreamed. I just know that it wants to be written.

Went to Raja tonight for dinner (thank you, M, for introducing us) and had yummy Indian food. I need to learn to make Naan. Then went to Video Stop to rent a movie. No luck. So we went to Blockbuster and picked up the original Ocean's 11.
This movie, I assure you, suffers from an excess of character development. Mind, it's a classic, in true 60's style - which means that the first half of it was character development. And the second half was plot. And the other second half was plot twists. The denouement was longer than the buildup, and trying to make 12 different main characters memorable through long conversational scenes is...well, a bit overwhelming. However, it was good in its way. I like the new one better, except that hearing Sammy Davis, Jr. sing "E-O Eleven" was yummy. Wish I knew what it meant..

Am now feeling relaxed, if itchy for some odd reason. And I think it's time for bed soon.
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