06 May 2014

Exam Fever

I think I'm going to emigrate. Somewhere. Anywhere. Far away. With no phone signals. No broadband. No postman. Not even trees for resting carrier pigeons.

Kay's got exams coming up. Every year is the same. She's going to revise as she goes along, not leave it till the last minute. Make notes as she goes along. Learn it all off by heart and backwards. The trouble is life has a habit of getting in the way..... the important must-go-to party here, the obligatory meet-up in the pub there, tidying up a room for the hundredth time in a month. Then there's the lure of finding a late-night shop open for an addictive chocolate bar fix or actually finding doing the laundry an attractive option. Anything but revise. And here we are at the other end of the academic year with something like four weeks until exams and PANIC. The results of these exams next month are arguably more important than her finals will be next year, because the hospitals base their choice of what doctors they would like to hire on this year's exam results, as they start selecting in the autumn of 2014 well before the finals are taken in the summer of 2015. Therefore her whole career will depend on them. No pressure then.

She needs to know just about everything under the sun. She's mentally and physically tired, still on ward placements, also doing a long-term project and trying to fix up her summer placement abroad too. Too much all at once.

I don't know what is worse - being the one panicking or the one being panicked to (or whatever the verb is). All I know is I failed to pack my suitcase in time and emigrate. The phone calls have started already.



8 comments:

nappy valley girl said...

Oh Good luck to her! Don't worry too much. I lived with a bunch of medics at University (including my husband to be) and despite all the panic at exam time, they have all done absolutely fine in their careers...

Flowerpot said...

I can imagine how you feel and I'd be the same. But I bet she does brilliantly!

Working Mum said...

Poor Kay, and poor you. The only consolation is that it will be the same for all the medic students (and their parents) and it will all be over in a few weeks. Good luck to her, I'm sure she'll do brilliantly!

ChrisB said...

I'm sure she will do well and become an amazing Doctor but it doesn't stop the worrying does it!! Loved the movie!!! Good luck to you both ....

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I can imagine the panic! I'm dreading it when Amy starts doing exams because I have a feeling revision won't come easy to her at all.

Best of luck to Kay x

Hippo said...

Aaw! Good luck to her! I have a succession of final year students coming into my room practicing various things such as diagnostic techniques, various types of injections, fitting cannulas and just generally poking about. They are all lovely!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Understand the panic and panicking bit - throughout my life (exam-wise) I always left revision to the very last minute. (There was always tomorrow...)

Good luck to dear Kay - I am sure she will do brilliantly too.

I understand too why you wish to emigrate!

Anna :o]

Isabelle said...

I sympathise. When my son was a medical student I was always astonished at the amount of stuff he had to have memorised. I'm sure she'll be fine but meanwhile... deep breathing.