The capstone exam is OVER and I am GLAD!
I awoke at 6:30 this morning (after waking up repeatedly during the night and feeling wide awake... gee, I wonder why?) and headed off to school.
Instead of traversing an extra hundred yards or so to get to the Zoology/Anatomy building, I got to save my legs the brief workout and instead stop at the Pathology building, my new sophomore home.
The exam commenced at 8 am with a 149-question multiple choice section that took me about an hour and a half to complete.
That was followed by a shorter written/short answer/matching section that only took about half an hour.
Then I traipsed on over to the Zoo/Anat building to take the computerized part of the test in the nice computer lab over there (another half hour or so).
All in all, I was done by about 10:30-10:45 and feeling pretty good about it.
There were a couple questions in the multiple choice that I had absolutely no idea about - for one of them I even resorted to the old technique of seeing which answer (A, B, C, D, E) I had used the least, and putting that as my answer.
There were a few more where I had it narrowed down to two choices but couldn't say the answer definitely beyond that.
But overall, I know I did well.
It was sort of cool to look back at 2.5 hours of testing material and realize everything I've learned in the last 12 months. Granted, there are parts of it that I knew already from undergrad (much of the physiology material), but I sure have stuffed a whole lot more information into my brain since this time last year.
My summer studying (as I might have predicted) ended up taking place mostly in the last 10 days or so. Fortunately, most of the material came back to me pretty quickly when I gave it a once-over.
I was surprised, and pleased, that I didn't really feel nervous about this test. Yes, I was stressed about it and wanted to study a lot and do well, but I didn't get that all-too-familiar gastrointestinal upset and loss of appetite that I've had before many stressful events in recent years.
I am pretty sure CLH is really glad this is over, because I know I haven't been the most pleasant person to be around since my arrival in Windsor last Tuesday night. He has been such a trooper - cleaning the house, taking care of the cats, cooking for me, and doing laundry and dishes. When I am working as a full-time vet, he will make such a good househusband! (if he wants)
Now I'm looking forward to really getting back into my old schedule of classes, studying, meals, exercise, etc. that I had last year. This semester's class schedule promises to be awesome with classes starting at 9 am every day except Friday (10 am) and finishing at 3 pm every day except Tuesday (4 pm).
I know it will only be a few short weeks (days?) until I am back to being stressed out about school and classes and studying and grades, but for now I'm going to try to enjoy this feeling of being DONE for a little while.