Archive for the ‘Academics’ Category

Cadaver Lab Experience

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

Medical career students at the College of St. Scholastica have an opportunity that many undergraduate schools do not offer: a cadaver lab. The cadaver lab is run by the anatomy lab professor Luis here at CSS, and he along with several TAs teach students each week on the donor bodies. I am an anatomy TA myself after taking this class last year, and I love it. From my experience, there is nothing that can replace learning the human body system from an actual donor body. Many students are nervous the first few labs with the bodies, but by the end of the year I think they are honored to have the opportunity to learn hands-on and not just from diagrams and models. If anyone is interested in the human body or medical field, the anatomy course at Scholastica can provide an exceptional base for learning the human body. 

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First Day Spring Semester

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Today marks the first day of spring 2020 classes at St. Scholastica! This semester I am taking 16 credits again for my exercise physiology major, in which I am a junior. Biomechanics, Strength and Conditioning, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and Physiological Assessment are the four classes that I am taking this semester along with a lab. Though it is going to be a challenging work load, it is always rewarding to be learning new things targeted towards my future career of physical therapy. 

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TA Marathon

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Sometimes, exams need to be graded last minute. Today was one of those times. The professor wanted to return the exams tomorrow, and they were still unorganized and ungraded. She had marked the short responses, but scores needed to be added up, statistics calculated, and grades inputed in Blackboard. None of this excessively time consuming alone, but you’d be surprised how long it takes to separate and organize a folder full of ~100 exams from 3 different classes with 3 different sections each. Fortunately, I didn’t have much else going on today, so it was a good opportunity to get some hours in!

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Advisement Week

Friday, October 11th, 2019

It has begun! Advisement week for next spring is here. Today I met with my advisor. Since I am graduating in December, there was nothing related to class registration to talk about, so instead, we triple checked I have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation and chatted about my future plans. We also took the opportunity to talk about the past and learn how the other ended up here. It took sitting down with a professor I’ve come to admire a few months before graduating to realize that I have, in fact, grown quite fond of this ruthlessly cold, isolated place!

Talking with Professors

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

One of my favorite things about St. Scholastica is how approachable professors are. In fact, they all seem quite eager to engage in interesting, relevant conversations once prompted. Today, I went to the office hours of one of my professors to ask him some questions about an upcoming exam, and we ended up having a 2-hour long conversation about the chemical evolution of the universe, and whether humans have free will on the basis of us being product of such evolution. It was fascinating!