Did I answer the first question? No. That's because Kjhn nurse to be has already demonstrated ability with the sciences; it's the motivation that is the real problem. So I gave her my answer--Micro was interesting for me when I realized how human misery could easily be comprised of a few chains of enterococcus, or a couple of spirochetes too small to see. Look at the disease, its effect on world populations and cultures, and quality of life, and then you'll be absolutely rabid (sorry, no pun intended
) to get the world rid of these diseases.
I posted things i drug up from the 'Net, as I did intense searches while I studied micro, and learned the most by checking out Micro-and bacteria-related websites.
For example, when you're studying the organism, check out the CDPC and do Google searches to find other sites. You can pick up some really interesting information as well as reinforcing your class notes. Always remember to check out the human side of the disease==take a look at a real cholera bed, for instance, or find out how cryptosporidia and giardia outbreaks can happen here in the US and kill our elders, babies, and immune-suppressed.
I also made a chart of organisms in the form of a "family tree." Way easier to memorize that way, because the relationships are clearer.