Vanderbilt: First Semester of Grad School

  1. It's hard to believe that this time last year, I was jumping with joy upon learning about my acceptance into my top choice graduate school-Vanderbilt. I had spent much of 2014 working towards that goal.

    Fast forward a year later, and I've completed my first semester of ACNP school with a 4.0 GPA! I definitely doubted my abilities early in the semester. I knew it was going to be tough working full-time while taking both Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Pharmacology. It was very challenging, but it was also rewarding. My professors were amazing, and I learned so much invaluable information and wisdom. I love Vanderbilt! I am looking forward to experiencing the rest of my ACNP program and becoming the best ACNP that I can possibly be.

    To all those Vandy hopefuls, feel free to inbox me with any questions! Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone!
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  3. by   Charmedone923
    Quote from SweetINFJ
    It's hard to believe that this time last year, I was jumping with joy upon learning about my acceptance into my top choice graduate school-Vanderbilt. I had spent much of 2014 working towards that goal.

    Fast forward a year later, and I've completed my first semester of ACNP school with a 4.0 GPA! I definitely doubted my abilities early in the semester. I knew it was going to be tough working full-time while taking both Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Pharmacology. It was very challenging, but it was also rewarding. My professors were amazing, and I learned so much invaluable information and wisdom. I love Vanderbilt! I am looking forward to experiencing the rest of my ACNP program and becoming the best ACNP that I can possibly be.

    To all those Vandy hopefuls, feel free to inbox me with any questions! Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone!
    Very nice! Any tips to surviving advance patho? Aside , of course, from studying all the live long day?
  4. by   SweetINFJ
    Quote from Charmedone923
    Very nice! Any tips to surviving advance patho? Aside , of course, from studying all the live long day?

    I had basically told myself that it's impossible to memorize every single detail (especially if it's insignificant), and I read "with purpose." After reading the assigned chapters and handouts for the week, I studied and reviewed what I felt was important and made mental connections between the text and potential real life clinical situations. I visualized a lot of "what if" situations. Finding relevance in the assigned reading helped me retain a lot of pertinent information. I also kept in mind that my ultimate goal is to become a competent clinician someday, and that it's for the benefit of my future patients to work as hard as I can.

    I was also diligent about my time management. It was crucial to stay organized and constantly plan ahead in order to balance graduate school with work obligations and my general personal life. Otherwise, it would be easy to go insane . Yoga, getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and spending time with my significant other were a few things that kept me mentally healthy.
  5. by   Charmedone923
    Thank you so much😊

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