Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Last First Lecture Day

Mood: inexplicably tired... and sleepy

I'll make this one really quick so that I can sleep at least 3 hours before studying. And I still need to finish covering my new books. And I need to re-write some notes. And fix some stuff...

Earlier this day, I had my first lecture @ 10AM. First up --- Gerontologic Nursing. I was quite in a daze since I didn't get much sleep after last night's ER duty. But it wasn't that bad, it was just... mediocre. Not too boring, not too fun either. I reckon our lecturer's just new in school, but I also have a feeling that he does know what he's teaching. That I can be sure of~! It's a good thing that he reiterated that the course subject may not be interesting for us most of the time, hence we should always motivate ourselves every now and then. Note: Always sit in front of the class, to avoid being called upon for an oral recitation. Haha~!

After lunch, we had 4 hours of NCM 104 lecture with a 30-minute break in-between. Our lecturer for the first 2 hours will be Prof. Ysla. It's quite a striking name for me; easy to remember, and I'll be damned if I forget it! It's a plus factor that she's really cool and hyper, considering that she'll be teaching us Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.

For the next half of NCM 104, Dra. Asilo will be teaching us the rest of the course subject, consisting of subtopics such as Communicable Diseases, Oncology, Orthopedic Nursing, and Neurological Nursing. Although I'm pretty sure that she's the sister of one of my beloved Clinical Instructors, I saw with my own eyes how strict she was. She has such good command in the class that I can feel all eyes were fixed on her the whole time! She also laid out her "house rules" for the whole semester. I re-wrote it in an orange index card and pasted it on the front divider of my notebook so as not to forget it... ever~!

I'm really hoping that this semester will become a great learning experience not just for me, but for my blockmates as well. I've made one too many mental notes throughout my first lecture day to make room for some changes that need to be implemented so that I can improve my academic performance for this semester.

Shall I reveal one now?
---- DON'T BE LATE! ^____________^

And yeah, before I forget... As if this day couldn't get much more unbearable due to my lack of sleep, I literally "hunted down" one of the required books for one of my course subjects. The publishing house hasn't set up in our school yet, so I have no choice but to do so. After classes, I constantly asked my mom to make phone calls to different National Bookstore branches so that I can get a reservation of that book. Literally speaking, most of the bookstores my mom called within the vicinity of our home (and to where I may pass on my way home) had all stocks sold out. But here's the really great part that gave me an "energy boost"...

When I went to the mall near our home, I sheepishly walked in and asked the customer service if they still have a stock left. Odd enough, the lady said they don't have that book. But I wasn't ready to give up. So, I went for the shelves on the other side of the room --- the one where they keep all the stocks, and keep some books on glass-paned shelves. To my delight, there she was --- that insanely elusive Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing book by Videbeck~! Although it looked like it narrowly survived a bashing, I didn't hesite to buy it.

Therefore, tonight... I just feel like I've been lucky ten times over.

God is good~!

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