Journal Entry #1

October 12, 2003

    I am sorry for writing so late.  I just wanted to have enough time to evaluate this school term before writing my opinion.  School started on September 30th, 2003.  This was a Tuesday.  The only actual important information we got from lectures was on Friday, when we had pharmacology lectures.  We all felt very bored that first week! 

    The first "real week" of school began on Monday, October 6th.  We were kept busy most days with lectures and labs (or, "practicals" in Scottish).  This is our schedule this term for at least the first 7-8 weeks: Mondays and Tuesdays: 9:30-10:30 lecture in bacteriology.  10:30-11:30am or 11:30-12:30pm (roughly) bacteriology practical.  1:30-2:30pm lecture in pathology.  Alternating weekly, 2:30-4:30pm pathology practical on either Monday or Tuesday (i.e. Group "A" goes on Monday this week, then Tuesday next week and vice versa).  Wednesdays: 9:30-10:30am and 10:30-11:30am lectures in parasitology (nematodes and cestodes this term).  11:30-12:15pm or 12:15-1pm (alternating groups) parasitology practical.  Thursdays: 9-10am and 11:30-12:30pm lectures in pharmacology.  1:30pm-2:30pm lecture in pathology.  2:30-4:30pm pathology demonstration (i.e. post mortems).  Fridays: 10-11am and 11:30-12:30pm lectures in pharmacology. 

    This week hasn't been too exciting, either!  Pharmacology lectures can be really boring and pathology lectures can be really interesting.  Parasitology isn't so bad, either.  So far my favourite subject is pathology.  I am already a bit behind on my studies.  I had planned on doing all my studying this weekend.  But then...a trip was planned by some of my friends and I was invited!  So I agreed to go along.  We stayed in a nice rental house in the tiniest village of "Coupar Angus", which is located between Perth and Dundee, to the north of those cities.  We visited a distillery, a historic battle site, and the city of Dundee.  The weekend was quite pleasant and relaxing.  It's nice to get away every once in a while!  Especially when it's at the beginning of a term and you're not knee-deep in your studies yet. 

    Last weekend I attended a BBQ at my friend Murray's house.  I met a lot of new first year vet students there.  Can you believe there are 20 North Americans in the first year?!  Wow.  At least 2 or 3 are from California (hurray for California, we seem to have a lot of students at Glasgow). 

    This past week I've seen wonderful wildlife!!  I saw 2 foxes (1 really red, 1 more brownish), multiple pheasants, and partridges (and that doesn't go to mention the usual songbirds, wood pigeons, crows, and magpies). 

     I guess there's not much else to say now.  It might be good to mention that we're down to 4 Americans in my year now!  3 transferred over the summer, to US vet schools.  Remember also that 2 transferred between 1st and 2nd year, and 1 dropped after the first term of first year.  I think us 4 Americans (Courtney, Brian, Amy and I) are here to stay for the remainder of the course.


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