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I’m back home in Norway. Last week was meant to be hell week with 5 exams in 5 days, but Glasgow weather managed to correct this. Monday the 6, December we had the Anatomy written exam, but at 7.30 am that morning it started snowing bad. It was like a mini blizzard. Seeing Glasgow isn’t used to having snow, this massive snowfall created chaos and a lot of students had problems getting to their exam, because all public transportation were cancelled.  I walked to mine, seeing I’ve moved very close to the vet campus. Tuesday we had our anatomy practical exam, and the week was meant to continue Wednesday with the biomolec exam.  Instead we received this

“EXAM UPDATE: All exams on Wednesday and Thursday are cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions. “ http://twitter.com/GlasgowUni. Later we got this
“ The University has decided to cancel examinations scheduled to be held on Wednesday 8 December and Thursday 9 December. It is expected that the examination schedule will resume on Friday 10 December, but a message will be on the website by noon on Thursday about the rest of the week. As it is impossible to reschedule all the cancelled exams in December arrangements will be made for them to be held in January.”
We still had out Animal Husbandry exam Friday, but biomolec and physiology will now be held one of the first weeks back after our Christmas break. One of the American girls in our year asked me “so Annette, as a Norwegian citizen, had exams ever been cancelled for you because of snow?”  I just laughed and said no, because from Norway where we have a lot more snow than 10-15 cm, I have never had an exam cancelled because of snow. I’m actually quite happy that biomolec and physiology was rescheduled because physiology had a lot of information to it this term, so it’s nice to have some extra time reading over the material. There were a lot of mixed feelings about the rescheduling of the exams, some students were angry that they now have to read over break, and some had the same feeling like me. I mean they did schedule 5 exams in a week, so the fact that we had a 2 day break and 3 exams instead kind of lowered the stress level.

I left Glasgow after my exam Friday to fly out from Edinburgh, I didn’t fly until 9 at night, but left my flat early. This was good, because it had gone from -11’c to 6+ that day so the snow had started to melt, creating floods on the roads and a lot of roads were closed. I reached the airport after 4 hours of travel, which normally takes me 2-3 hours. Landed at Gardermoen, Norway at midnight and was of course the last person getting my bag.  Next week I’m working some for my mum and looking forward to seeing all my girls as they get back from around Norway where they study. Were all going to Hemsedal for New years so I hope I get to go skiing.

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After the pep Rally and Women football karaoke fun  at Shanghai Shuffle, Dick day was finally here! We had all worked so hard, with extra practices like fitness or keeper practice. Dick day is the day Glasgow vets play the Edinburgh (dick) vets in Hockey, Rugby, Football & netball. The Women teams of Glasgow beat the Edinburgh women but the Edinburgh men won over Glasgow men, but all in all Glasgow Won the day, which was great seeing it was at home ground this year.

Yesterday it started snowing, I ran outside at midnight to be snowed down. Really reminds me of home and how much I wish these exams were over. They have given us Christmas exams 6,7,8,9 & 10th of December this year. I leave for home on the 10th in the evening. Can’t wait! There is so much reading for exams this year because we have gone through almost half of what we are meant to learn this entire year already. Hope my brain can cope with all this information. I also moved into a two bedroom flat at Killermont view after Stuart informed me that his brother was going to live at the flat permanently. Seeing his brother was an arrogant, rude, unliveable guy + his girlfriend, I immediately started looking for a new place. This flat is great and just behind the vet school. Its got wooden floors and IKEA design so kind of reminds me of home. All I need now is to find a flat mate, which can be tricky around this time of year. When I woke up today, everything was white and I walked over to the vet school seeing dogs playing in the snow. It really made me Miss Theodor and think of getting a dog here. Anyways back to exam reading, I’m at the James Herriot library now. Miss you all, wish me luck

~Annette


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The 5th to the 7th of November was the AVS (The Association of Veterinary Students) Sports Weekend. This is a weekend where all the vet schools of the United Kingdom (7 In total) come together for a weekend to get to know each other, have fun & play some sports. The location for AVS changes each year between all the schools and this year the event was held in Edinburgh.
All the different Universities dress up in different themes, Glasgow’s theme was Clowns and the 5th years were Spartans. Because Edinburgh is just an hour drive away from Glasgow and we get the Friday off from lectures for this event, Glasgow decided to make a day out of it anyways. 4 bussed with 200 Glasgow vets left the Vet school at 10.30am to go to Newcastle for a pub Crawl for a couple of hours before then driving back to Edinburgh to get there at the evening.
We sang our University Songs on the bus- these are basically songs were we sing about how great Glasgow vet school is compared to all the others & partied on the bus to Newcastle. I think we made quite a sign arriving in Newcastle- a bunch of clowns and Spartans all jumping about. We danced and partied on 5 pubs around Newcastle before leaving to go to Edinburgh around 7pm.

We reached Edinburgh around 9.30pm  and was taken to their Union, were we meet all the other universities; Liverpool, Dublin, Bristol, London, Cambridge,  Nottingham & Edinburgh- we were also serve pizza. Dublin was dressed in orange prison jump suits, Nottingham were all blue dressed as avatar, Edinburgh was dressed as the Rocky Horror picture show, Cambridge was dressed as zorro & London was dressed as sheep. Glasgow had 200 vets at the event and were had the most social people- even more than Edinburgh that hosted it. Cambridge only had about 50 vets, Dublin that came over by plain even had over 100 vets.  After partying in their union for a couple of hours, me, Christina, Molly, Brianne & Abbey went outside where we were meet by an Edinburgh/ Dick Vet 4th year Lauren who we were sleeping at for the weekend. She also took 5 Nottingham vets. We got to know the others, turned out they were 1st year vets and a really nice bunch of people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day our nice host Laura mad us breakfast and we all got on busses to go to the “sports grounds”. The Universities had different coloured t-shirts with the theme of their fancy dress. Glasgow had red t-shirts with clown bows on. At the grounds there were telts where one could, dance in a ceilidh (Scottish folk dance) or ride a rodeo sheep:

Outside one could play Rugby, Hockey etc or try some highland games like: throwing hay, willies or sumo wrestle.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the video of my Wrestling career, im the one with the red thong!

At the evening we all went on a pub-crawl it all ending at this night club called City in Edinburgh. I must say it was a special feeling looking out over the dance floor knowing it was 1200 vets there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday we all said good buy and took the train back to Glasgow. It had been an amazing weekend & made a lot of new friends=)

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The past month has been so hectic. The second year is MUCH more work than first year that’s for sure! I unfortunately had a computer virus and had so reinstall my computer 2 weeks ago and fell a bit behind on my work because of that. This term they are packing 3 major systems into for term- Respiration, Cardio and Digestion for both Physiology and Anatomy- It’s a lot of information, so by the time I get home from University my brain is on overload. Biomolec and husbandry is quite boring, and we don’t have that many lectures in them because of the amount from the other two subjects. Biomolec has started a new learning program this year called Aropa. This is an anonymous program where the professors give us a question to answer, we then have a certain time to write the answer for the question and upload it onto Aropa website. Once you get to the deadline, the program anonymously sends each student 3 other students’ answers. Then you mark the 3 student answers in a specific time frame and you get feedback from 3 other students and see their comments on your answer. Peerwise is another program that is benefitting the whole class. This isn’t marked, but meant to help for revising. The class write multiple choice questions and post them with the answer onto the website. Then the entire class can go and do you multiple choice question and see if they get it right. If the class posts enough questions, some of the questions we have made will be on our exams, so it’s for our own benefit.

I got my first ever Littmann stethoscope. It is Caribbean blue and has my name engraved on the back of it “Annette Vindenes”.

 

This was my first patient I was one of the last people of the day to listen to him, so he was getting very bored. I started listening to the heart beat when I suddenly heard a howling I looked up to discovered that the dog had enough, so he had started howling. He got to go for a walk after me=)

 

The 3rd year class representative had a class party where the whole vet school dressed up as cops & Robbers. It was a lot of fun traveling the underground around Glasgow city center with everyone dressed up as cops or robbers, we got a lot of weird looks. Me myself was dressed up as a FBI agent, in high heals so I don’t think I could have caught a robber if I tried to, hehe.

There has been some really nice events with the Vet Women Football team this year. I think we have an amazing team this year, everyone is so motivated to beat the Edinburgh vets on the 17. November. We have been putting in extra fitness training on monday’s, in addition to our normal training on Wednesday’s. I have also been practicing with the main uni football team and had keeper practice with the defenders on saturday mornings. So hopefully I wont let any goals in on “Dick day”- yes it’s called this because the Edinburgh vets are called Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary studies. We had a fancy event in Arta night club:

 

 

We also had an American Pep Ralley in the Hut of the vet school. All the sport that are playing on dick day were there cheering on their sports:

Me and our captain Colleen

Me and my Norwegian friend Christin decided to go to a concert to see the Swedish artist Robyn when she came to Glasgow.
It was a really good concert and I swear the whole Scandinavian society of Edinburgh and Glasgow was there, because everyone around me was talking Norwegian or Swedish. Robyn had a an amazing concert and she also had two swedish female DJ’s warming up (Rebecca & Fiona). They were really good and set the mood for the rest of the night . Amazing concert!
Halloween is a big event in the UK. The vet school had their own party as normal. This year they rented Highligh- which is a comedy club in Glasgow city centre.
I Think we were about 300 vets celebrating Halloween and I’m amazed every year how creative people of our school can be with their costumes. I was dressed as a Possessed Cheerleader. I had contact lenses that made my blue eyes black. I had never worn contacts before and I used an hour and 20 minutes to get them in, but it was wort it cos it really made me a lot scarier.  I now have a new respect for people wearing contacts every day=) I’ve Included some pictures, hope your well. Miss you

Annette

 

 

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I am official a second year VET STUDENT
Passed my resit in Physiology and got one point away from a B, In Anatomy I got an A+ . Alison King my Anatomy lecturer said:

“Have had a look and you crushed the exam – would have been in the A bandings if you hadn’t been resitting. Well done – just make sure you get that first time next year!”‘

Me in surgical gown

I’m really glad I got to continue with my year. I know of around 7 people that had to redo the year and some people have also dropped out completely!

This year there are a lot of changes, I’ve moved into a new flat closer to the vet school. I’ve also moved in with a very nice gentleman named Stewart. He’s not a student, but works with real-estate, he is also captain of the Annisland Ruby Team so I basically have the flat to myself seeing he’s never her.  Only problem I have now is that his brother and brothers girlfriend is visiting from New Zealand and we don’t know when they are planing on leaving. They have stayed here over a month now!

New flat second floor at the end=)

I’ve also got a different car this year. It looks more grown up, and hopefully won’t have as much trouble as the last one! So with all these new changes and me passing my exams i’m hoping never to have a resit again and to have a fresh start to second year.

Nissan Micra E, 2003

After the first week back we had our welcome back party at the vet school. This was held at Walkabout in Glasgow city centre and the theme was Swinging 60’s. I was therefore dressed as a Hippie. A lot of class mates and upper classes spoke to me about how well they though I looked and how much weight I had lost over the summer. It felt really good that people see the difference and makes me want to keep it off even more.  The party was really good and it was really nice seeing everyone again + I got to meet some of our new freshers.

Me & Brianna as Hippies

Second year is not a walk on roses, after week 2 we have so much information I will have to work every day to stay on top of my work. This summer I was lucky enough to get tickets to a concert in Glasgow which was MTV crashes Glasgow with P.diddy. P. diddy hasn’t been in the UK in over 5 years so this was a very exclusive concert. I took Brianna and we managed to get on the front row. There was a lot of good artists. Jodie Connor warmed up, followed by Skepta, before P. diddy and the Dirty Money crew finished the concert off. Because this was MTV the concert will actually be on tv on the 8. October. So make sure you look on MTV on the 8 October. The camera filmed me and Brianna on the front row several times. Oh and P.Diddy also wore a kilt=)

P.diddy in a kilt

Today I went to the International Highland Cattle show in Pallock country park. There was a lot of highland cattle and I got to hug one of them=) I really think I’m going to get one of these cows one day, they are so cute and fluffy! I’ll try and write soon. Miss you.

Annette

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