Friday, December 12, 2008

Thorn In My Side

School is officially OVER!

I AM SO HAPPY.

I finished my last final yesterday and about cried (yes, about. tears didn't actually fall, but they welled). It felt SO good. Like two anvils were taken off each shoulder and I could breathe and function again.

This semester has been the hardest out of all 9 of my semesters. I'm 13 credits from graduating and I've finally had a semester that really really made me want to quit. It was only 13 credits(I've taken 15 in one semester before)! I've taken two anat and phys classes on blocks (one semester of info squeezed into half the time - 6 weeks) and that was tough.... but nothing like this.

So many times I would get so frustrated and overwhelmed, I just wanted to be done. But I know it's ridiculous, I'm about finished and it would be horribly stupid. So that was out of the question, or consideration - whatever.

I guess I just want to write down how hard this was. I fear I will forget the pressure in my chest 85% of this semester. If I ever have a kid that is crying because they don't want to continue on - it's too hard, I want to remember that I felt the same way and I can tell them to continue on, they can get though it because I did.

I've never been so happy with a 78% in my life. Kinesiology was so challenging. So interesting and fun and I loved the class, but it was SO HARD. Took so much time, but I know that if I had spent more time I would have had a better grade. I love health. I love learning about the body and it's functions and how to keep it healthy and how to fix it. This class was perfect for all of that. It just had SO much information. Every muscle in the body I had to know and that was no biggie, I did that in my anat and phys class. But in this class you also have to know each muscles origin and it's insertion and all of the actions it performs and what nerve innervates it. I love that stuff! But it was SO MUCH INFORMATION! And not just that, I had to be able to discect an action (like doing a pull up, or batting or sitting down or crossing your legs) and tell you which muscles were being used (agonists), which muscles were stabilizing and neautrilizing the action and then what class lever system and the anatomical name of the joint and ligaments and how each of those worked and why they are there. UH!! See? Probably causing some of you anxiety just reading about it. Anyway... just really hard.... it's so nice to be finished.

Next semester will be cake compared to this one. I just have a bunch of exercise classes and a few classes that will require studying and tests. I thought I was scared to be done, but after the feeling I had yesterday I am very aware I will be invigerated when I finish. It will be so nice. I will probably be bored trying to find something to fill every second of my day because that's how it is in school, but it wont take long to get me into a groove.

For now I just want to get my house spotless, catch up on blogs and set up Christmas decorations in the next week. I'm going to craft, watch TV and cook and clean and take care of my husband and I'll read a few books - everything I couldn't do in the last 4 months! WOOHOOO! So excited!

Oh yeah! And I'm famous again!!!
I'll tell you all about it later.

27 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Congrats on finishing! I remember every semester being so happy.

CaJoh said...

I think everybody has those semesters that are have more workload than you expect. So glad you got through it. Now take it easy and enjoy the holiday season— you deserve it.

Abra said...

I never went to University but I did have to take Anatomy for my Aquasize Instructors course. It is excruciating! I had to cram all the muscles in the body, attach them to movements, and joint action etc... in two weekends.
It SUCKED
But
I can tell you which muscles are the least worked in the human body, which ones are over worked, I can tell you what exercises will work your traps, rhomboids and sccapulas, I can also tell you which abdominal muscles is responsible for a six pack and why girls have a hard time defining it...
Yeah.
KUDOS to you for enduring a whole semester of it.
All though, truthfully, I love it :)And want to be a Kinesologist one day!

The Boob Nazi said...

I had to do that with the muscles in the face, back, and jaw. Do you know how many muscles are involved in breathing???? It was the WORST ever!!!

Tatton and Kirsten said...

you freakin' rock! i'm so jealous that you are a mere 13 credits away...if only i was that close...oh well! i have to do my time! which btw...i'm moving me and my cute lil' family to rexburg on the 2nd of jan.; i think we should get together...whaddaya say?

Mommy Madness said...

That is soooo AWESOME!!! So happy for you!☺

Can't wait to hear how you are famous again!!!

Lon and Steph said...

I totally know how you feel...Well sorta. That semester we had nutrition together I was taking 21-the max. credit limit-and to top it off I was major league pregnant. Haha. But by the sounds of it I would take that over kinesiology! That sounds tough!!! Congrats!

Alexis and Casey Treese said...

YAY!!!! I am soooooooooooo happy for you!!! And proud of you, I wish I could have had the discipline to finish school- you are so close. YAY a million times over.

Alexis and Casey Treese said...

Oh and PS, that so cool about the 5 brothers thing. I told Casey about it and he was impressed too!

Kayleigh said...

I wish I was done with my finals. I'm currently studying right now, and I still have assignments due and everything. I'm SO SO SO SO SO jealous.

Congratulations on your Kinesiology test, though! It's so nice to get a grade like that, especially when you're really scared about the class.

Michelle said...

I had to learn all that stuff in massage school. But it took me a year. hahaha. The human body is fascinating. What are you majoring in?

Whitney R said...

Cojoh - thanks!

Abra - I can do all of those things, too :) Thanks to this class and my anat and phys classes. But mostly this Kinesiology class

Julie - I don't even want to think about it, haha.

Kirsten - yeah!! Sounds great to me. I have a different phone number. email me! whitneykathleen@ gmail

mommy maddness - it's a really good story!!

Ali - you could do it if you wanted to :)

Kayliegh - hang in there! your almost done! Good luck the rest of your stuff

Michelle - I agree and oh how I would have loved to have an entire year to memorize all of this stuff! I'm majoring in Health Science :)

rychelle said...

congrats on getting through it!

enjoy all that relaxing (as i know you will).

Life as Ashley said...

Good Job! Must feel like a relief. Take time to enjoy your time off, your hubby, your home, and the holidays. You deserve it!

Brigitte said...

Just reading your post kinda got me stressed out. I can't believe the things you had to learn! What are you going into again? I'm sure you've told the blog before but I don't remember. Did you go see Body Worlds when you were down in Utah? It is so insane! I'm sure you've heard about it but I thought of it when I read your post.

Anyways... congrats on finishing another semester! I wish I had finished school. Don't be a loser like me and quit. haha.

Mark and Katie said...

I so remember that feeling. There is nothing like knowing you have a three week break in your future...and then only one more semester to go. It's the best.

Victoria Elder said...

Ah congrats Whit!!! Way happy for you! It will be so nice to relax! I wish I did schooling oh well there is always the future!

hello, my name is amber. said...

so happy for you whit! seriously, i know you're SO relieved that its over! someday i would love to go to school, you should be extremely proud of youself! :)

Wendyburd1 said...

YAY Whit! Missed seeing your comments so much!!

I think that Kiniselogy or whatever is one of my Sister Kat's classes, except she is also OCD so she tries to memorize everything. AND she is pissed, she took the final on Tuesday, has been studying for weeks, she made sure THREE times it was on ALL their previous tests and what they were just learning...yeah nothing from those 4 previous tests she had MEMORIZED was on it! She is going to complain to the Dean, this was SO unfair! The test was on stuff that if she had known she would have payed MORE attention to, instead of memorizing info from 4 tests that were not AT ALL included. Please I helped her and it was a foreign language to me.

I only know philanges because on Bones, Brennan said "dancing philanges" to a baby while wiggling her fingers!!Yeah...LOL

Jillene said...

You should be So proud of yourself!! I am glad that it is over for now!!

I can't wait to hear about how you are famous again!!

Lena Gilbert said...

Yes college is awful. I took a pharmacology/patho class in nursing school where I had to learn all these drugs, how they worked, interactions, side effects and a ton of other crap. I remember the teacher's last name was Kocha and she was like a russian dicAtator...it was awful. That combined with 6am clinicals...Wow, I'm really glad that nursing school is over, this is bringing back painful memories, I don't envy you at all. But its exciting to almost be done!

Kristal said...

Congratulations! I hope you do something fun to celebrate...besides just cleaning and cooking :D

Strawberry Shortcake said...

Congratulations! I remember just wanting to be done with school and all of the stress that went along with it... and now I just want to go back ;) I can't wait to go back to school (I know, I am crazy. Apparently six years of college wasn't enough for me). I hope you have a big celebration planned! Congrats! (oh, and let us know how you are famous... again!)

The Boob Nazi said...

Are you giving up on commenting or blogging? I feel sad.

Sara Ann said...

Wow, I got smarter just reading your post! Good job! I know that feeling, it is the best!

Kristina P. said...

SO, I came over to see where you've been, but I saw your Twitter status! That's crazy!

the letter Bee said...

Wow, I'm glad you're done with your semester! I don't know how Que used to do it, I think he took 25 credits his last semester. Ugh!