The University Tag

Since I really enjoy watching all kinds of tag videos on YouTube, and reading tag posts on blogs I figured I might as well give this one a go;ย The University Tag (which I found here)!!!

  • Where do you study?
    I’m a student at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, so I’m studying in Estonia (Tartu to be even more precise)
  • What do you study?
    I study veterinary medicine ๐Ÿ™‚
  • What year are you in?
    Just finished my third year (halfway done, yay!)
  • Do you live at home or at uni?
    Well this is a tricky one. I considerย homehome to be in Finland, so since I live in Estonia I don’t technically live at home. However, I no longer live at the university dormitory, and I’ve made our rental apartment feel very much like home, so in a way I live at home, but still at uni, at the same time. Very confusing, but also very self-explanatory.
  • How old are you?
    I am 22 years old, 23 at the end of summer.
  • What are your 3 uni essentials?
    Highlighters, tea, and Netflix.
  • What is your favourite meal to cook?
    I don’t know!! Depends on many things. I guess tortillas never let me down, so I’ll go with that. I also really like making different kinds of pasta dishes and soups.
  • What is the latest you’ve been to the library?
    Well, truth be told I don’t study at the library (used to in secondary and upper secondary school, but not anymore)… I prefer to study at home (bed, sofa, floor… need I explain more?)
  • Ever pulled an all nighter to finish work?
    Yes, but not in uni ๐Ÿ˜›
  • Your favourite university moment so far?
    Learning how to draw blood from a dog and doing it well the first time, but feeling a (big!) calf move around during our AI practicals was really cool too ๐Ÿ™‚
  • One piece of advice for a fresher
    Try not to stress too much about grades, future employees want to hire people with great attitudes, different personalities, and people who are willing to learn on he job. They want someone who can bring something new to the team – your biochemistry grade won’t matter to them!
  • Something you worried about for no reason
    My grades in “useless” subjects (read: biochemistry, toxicology…)

//jz

(this is a scheduled post, I am currently on my way to Norwich! check out this post to find out more about my summer plans)

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The one about sunshine and diseases of poultry…

Today was spent desperately trying to absorb all the knowledge needed to pass tomorrow’s (absolutely terrible) exam on diseases of poultry. Needless to say, these are not the things I’m very excited to learn about, so finding the motivation to study when it’s full-on summer outside has been even more challenging than usual.

Well, today Juulia and I went out on the nearby dock to study… without sunblock! BIG mistake. We emerged from our study bubble (6 hours later) looking like freshly boiled lobsters! I’ve since spent nearly an hour and a half soaking in a cool-ish bath (spiced up with coconut oil and epsom salts), slabbed some hydrocortisone all over myself (the benefits of living with a person suffering from atopic dermatitis ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) knowing fully well it’s not the best thing to do (#pharmacology), and forced a good litre and a half of water into my system… I really hope I’ll emerge from my bed looking less like a lobster and more like a healthy human being tomorrow morning…

Let this be a warning to my course mates who have to lay eyes on me tomorrow – please don’t comment on my appearance, and to everyone else – please use sunblock, especially if you’re a pale Nordic person like myself.

On a much more positive note (pun intended)ย Finland is through to the ESC finals!!!ย (as is Estonia ๐Ÿ™‚ )

//jz

The one about mental health…

I’d like to thank Dr. Carrie Jurney and Dr. Melanie Goble from Not One More Vet (NOMV) for the lecture they gave at our university today. Mental health is a difficult topic to talk about, especially when you know there are people suffering on some level in the group you’re talking to, but their lecture and workshop gave us a lot of tools and ideas to work with and use in the future, soย thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

To sum everything up in a few points:g

  1. Mental health issues are real
  2. Everyone can (and most probably will) suffer from mental health issues at some point
  3. Your mental health is just as important (if not more important) as your physical/social well-being, so make it a habit to take care of yourself
  4. Don’t be afraid to reach out – we can all help one another

 

The rate of suicide in the veterinary profession has been pegged as close to twice that of the dental profession, more than twice that of the medical profession, and 4 times the rate in the general population. (source)

Why? There are so many factors I can’t possibly cover everything in a quick little blog post, but I’ll list a few down below

  • the work is stressful and things can pile up (overworked, exhausted people on the brink of burnout…)
  • perfectionism that turns into a fear of failure + fighting death every day (with a few inevitable losses) – not the best combination
  • taking on the emotions of every single family that loses a member (empathy beyond safe limits)
  • and so much more… Basically, it’s a tough life.

As a future veterinarian knowing all of the statistics is both scary and comforting at the same time; you know what to expect, but you also knowย you’re not alone.

In my mind I envisioned this being a very thorough post, but I think I will leave it at this, perhaps I’ll elaborate things later. For now I really must be getting back to studying (check the “What I really do when I say I’m studying”-page at the top of the page to find out what I actually end up doing ๐Ÿ˜‰

//jz

P.S. This is just to write down some things to remember. I’m okay, really, don’t worry ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

The one about my first week back

FINALLY IT’S OVER!

The first week back at uni is overย  (yes, we have most Fridays off – thank God for that!) and I couldn’t be happier.

I always have a hard time with new things energy-wise (I get super tired), and although I’m used to attending lectures, practicals and so on, I still get exhausted whenever I return to the “uni routine”.

This week has been no exception. After Monday’s 3-hour practical at the university farm I was absolutely knackered!ย After 3 hours!ย Geez…

I’m really excited for the surgery course (or well, the first part of it ๐Ÿ˜› ), as well as the “clinical and laboratory diagnostics of small animals”, which I’m hoping will be similar to the courses we had for production animals and horses. These courses (I imagine) will be very helpful for the practical training and working at the clinic this summer. Fingers crossed!!

Now I’m going to return to my pre-weekend celebration (read: watching Forensic Files), and tomorrow there will be hamburgers!! Hopefully the weekend won’t quite fly by…

//jz

The one about a year that passed, and a year that’s just begun

Wow… I have postedย nothing since my 22nd birthday way back in August!

Reason being? The same excuse I always make; I’ve been way too busy.
Always sounds pathetic, but it’s true!

What have I been up to, then? Well

  • I went to London (and Norwich ^^) in October
  • Uni… (it’s always uni, isn’t it?)
  • Exams, projects, deadlines, panic…
  • Christmas “break” and New Year’s – family time!!!
  • Some more exam stress and panic
  • Potato (aka le boyfriend) came to Tartu
  • Some more panic over the same bloody exam as earlier
  • Success!! (I got an A on my pharmacology exam today ^^ Woop!)

Oh, also, I’ve been knitting like a crazy person! I’ve lost track of how many pairs of socks I’ve made (must be nearing 10 soon!), 2 cardigans, 2 pairs of mittens, baby mittens, two beanies, a sweater for Tinka the cat, three neck warmers/cowls… You get the point – I’ve turned into a granny!

Let’s take a look at some of the things this year will bring;

  • More stress and panic
  • More knitting
  • Summer internship at a clinic
  • A visit to Norwich again in June, hopefully for at least a week before my internship
    and last but not least
  • I’m going on a cruise in October! How exciting!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now I’ll get back to knitting – I’m currently working on the “Midsummer socks” (picture below, design by Niina Laitinen – you can find the pattern right here) Currently about halfway done with the first sock ๐Ÿ™‚

midsummer socks

Hopefully your year will be full of exciting adventures and new challenges – if you need more challenges you should start knitting ๐Ÿ˜‰

//jz